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*A Guardian, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and New Statesman Book of the Year 2018*
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An astonishing memoir about nursing and an urgent call for compassion and kindness
`It made me cry. It made me think. It made me laugh. It encouraged me to appreciate this most underappreciated of professions more than ever' Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt
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 astounding 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.
`A remarkable book about life and death and so brilliantly written it makes you hold your breath' Ruby Wax
Christie Watson was a registered nurse for twenty years. Her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award and the Waverton Good Read Award, and she was named as Red Magazine's Hot Woman of the Year (Creative). Where Women Are Kings, her second novel, was also published to international critical acclaim, and her works have been translated into twenty-two languages. Christie has recently won a Future Shapers Award from Marie Claire for nursing activism, and awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters, honoris causa for her contribution to nursing and the arts by the University of East Anglia. She is patron of the Royal College of Nursing Foundation. https://twitter.com/tinysunbird