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The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story

The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story

Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years.

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ISBN 9781784706883
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Published 5 February 2019 by Vintage
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Author(s) By Watson, Christie
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ISBN-13 9781784706883
ISBN-10 1784706884
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Publication Date 5 February 2019
International Publication Date 3 January 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Watson, Christie
Category Biography & Autobiography
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 245g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Nursing
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 61073
Catalogue Code 967098

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 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. It's 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 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 An amazing book -- terrifying at times, but tender and truthful. Let's be thankful for wonderful nurses -- and writers -- like Christie Watson -- Jacqueline Wilson 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 is a remarkable writer turning her attention to a crucially important conversation. This book is eloquent, moving and searingly relevant to all of us -- Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall A remarkable book about life and death and so brilliantly written it makes you hold your breath -- Ruby Wax I was enthralled from the start. Nurses' voices are rarely heard and Christie is so honest, wise and observant of people that she is just the person to do their story justice. And of course she writes beautifully. The image that stayed with me long after I had put the book down was of the nurse always with the patient, even after everybody else has gone -- Suzanne O'Sullivan, author of It's All in Your Head This beautiful memoir - tender, informative, unflinching, every sentence filled with compassion - has reminded me that when I have felt most alone I am, of course, not alone at all -- Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry There is so much love in this book that it makes the tears bearable. Christie Watson has written a beautiful and lyrical account of the true meaning of a nurse's life -- Amanda Foreman Christie Watson shines the wisest of lights on the daily practice of caring for others. She celebrates kindness that is rooted in true respect for human dignity and equality - a kindness without which society would be a much sadder place. This piercingly tender book will make you laugh, cry and reflect on what life is all about -- Nicky Parker, publisher at Amnesty International UK Moving, eloquent, funny, inspiring -- an urgent book for our times -- Sarah Bakewell, author of At the Existentialist Cafe A remarkable book... Watson illustrates why a nurse has a harder job than 99 per cent of lawyers (I am one) and deserves to be paid more. Absolutely brilliant! -- Clive Stafford Smith OBE, human rights lawyer If you want to know what nursing is, then read this book -- Robert Sowney, Chair, RCN Foundation This is a phenomenal book, a love song for the NHS and its staff - the hundreds of millions of us who have gained from it throughout our lives have Christie Watson to thank for delivering it on our behalf. Passionate, political, heartbreaking, it is beautifully written in the fiercely honest language of kindness itself. -- Stella Duffy Profoundly moving... urging us all to lead a life of greater compassion -- Charlotte Heathcote and Jon Coates * Daily Express *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Christie Watson is an award-winning, bestselling writer. She has a special interest in nursing and mental health having spent twenty years working as a nurse, and holds an honorary Doctor of Letters for her contribution to nursing and the arts. She is Patron of the Royal College of Nursing Foundation. Her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away, won the Costa First Novel and Waverton Good Read Awards and her second novel, Where Women Are Kings, also achieved international critical acclaim. Her non-fiction The Language of Kindness, was published in 2018 and was a number one Sunday Times bestseller. It was a Book of the Year in the Evening Standard, New Statesman, The Times, The Guardian and The Sunday Times. It has been translated into twenty-three languages, and spent five months in the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller lists. It is currently being adapted for theatre and television.

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