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The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 03/05/2018
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'I challenge anyone to get through all 336 pages without shedding a tear for what those who work in "the most undervalued of all professions" have to witness ... Expect her stories [...] to linger with you many days after the final chapter' - Jackie Annesley, The Sunday Times 

An astonishing memoir about nursing and an urgent call for compassion and kindness Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is an astonishing account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness.

We watch Christie as she nurses a premature baby who has miraculously made it through the night, we stand by her side during her patient's agonising heart-lung transplant, and we hold our breath as she washes the hair of a child fatally injured in a fire, attempting to remove the toxic smell of smoke before the grieving family arrive.

In our most extreme moments, when life is lived most intensely, Christie is with us. She is a guide, mentor and friend. And in these dark days of division and isolationism, she encourages us all to stretch out a hand.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784741976
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 477 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 31 mm

Waterstones Says
Former nurse Christie Watson draws back the bedside curtain on 20 years of care. From agonising sorrow to empathetic camaraderie, it's an account that's both immersive and humbling.

MEDIA REVIEWS

'An absorbing, all-seeing tour through the doors of the hospital.' - The Observer

'...a remarkable account of what it means to be a nurse in the NHS… it's a privilege to have Watson as our guide.' - The Guardian

'I challenge anyone to get through all 336 pages without shedding a tear for what those who work in "the most undervalued of all professions" have to witness ... Expect her stories [...] to linger with you many days after the final chapter' - Jackie Annesley, The Sunday Times 

'A remarkable book about life and death and so brilliantly written it makes you hold your breath' - Ruby Wax

'A poignant and powerful account of what it's like to be a nurse. It's a profession that touches all our lives delivering expert and compassionate care from the cradle to the grave. A must-read for nurses and those interested in understanding the true art and science of nursing' - Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England

'An amazing book - terrifying at times, but tender and truthful. Let's be thankful for wonderful nurses - and writers - like Christie Watson' - Jacqueline Wilson

'A wise and tender book, by turns fierce, compassionate, and revelatory. It shows the joys and the difficulties of looking after people at their most vulnerable, and makes an urgent plea: as a society we have to care better for the nurses who care for us' - Dr Gavin Francis, author of Adventures in Human Being

'It is very hard to describe the essence of nursing but Christie's story captures it. Through her powerful writing the true value of the nurse becomes clear' - Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing

'Christie Watson writes with the fullness of her heart to give us insight into the world of patients and nursing, inspiring us to recognise it is how we treat people, how we speak and respond to them, as well as what we do, that heals. Its message of self-compassion and kindness is as useful for those of us outside the medical world, as in it' - Julia Samuel, author of Grief Works

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“Harrowing and Hilarious”

Medical memoirs are emerging to be consistent bestsellers, with good reason: they explore the human condition, feed morbid fascinations and give us the insight into someone's everyday life. But, The Language of... More

Hardback edition
27th April 2018
Helpful? Upvote 9

“So true ”

So true , open , honest and heartfelt . So true to what we see, feel and experience .so true that in the still of the night or weekend when everyone else is gone the nurse is there , and it is the compassion and care... More

Hardback edition
7th May 2018
Helpful? Upvote 7

“Stunning”

Simply stunning. I worked in hospitals for eight years so have a big interest in medical memoirs and think nursing is one of the most undervalued professions going. Yet people still dedicate their lives to helping... More

Hardback edition
10th May 2018
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