The Language of Kindness
by Christie Watson
Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. Taking us from birth to death, from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is her astonishing, heartwarming account of a profession defined by acts of care.
Nursing is - or should be - an indiscriminate act of caring, compassion and empathy. It should be a reminder of our capacity to love one another. If the way we treat our most vulnerable is a measure of our society, then the act of nursing itself is a measure of our humanity.
This is an urgent call for compassion and kindness.
‘We are taken on an absorbing, all-seeing tour through the doors of the hospital [...] we are reminded that we are all made from the same fibres and are all in this together, exploring the human condition and learning the language of kindness.’ THE OBSERVER
No 1 Sunday Times Best Seller
‘I challenge anyone to get through […] 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 for many days’ SUNDAY TIMES
Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for Jan 2019
‘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 [...] it's a privilege to have Christie as our guide.' THE GUARDIAN
A Guardian, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, The Times, New Statesman, Netgalley and Reading Agency Book of the Year 2018
‘A rallying call that every one of us should embrace’ SUNDAY EXPRESS