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The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story - Christie Watson

The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story - Christie Watson

Title: The Language of Kindness

Author:  Christie Watson

ISBN:  9781784741976

Weight:  709 g

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The Language of Kindness by Christie Watson

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 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.

Peer & Press Reviews

Lyrical, moving…  Watson tackles grisly deaths and eccentric patients, but also the importance of comfort and empathy in nursing with engrossing results…  A nurse’s voice has never really been heard before on this scale.  Now’s the time for it to ring out loud.


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

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

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Language of Kindness
Sub title A Nurse’s Story
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Jacket note On the front of the jacket is a ‘signed by the author sticker’ (see image).  Because the paper used for the jacket has a laminate finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Ind. Bookshop Week Awards 2019 – shortlist (adult book)

British Book Awards 2019 – shortlist (non-fiction: narrative)

Media adaptation BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week: five 15-minute daily episodes at 9:45 a.m. from Monday 7 May 2018.
Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Chatto & Windus
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9781784741976
ISBN 10 1784741973
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 322
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 144 x 31mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Peter Clark
Jacket design Suzanne Dean
Jacket image Blue D.1, 1962, oil on canvas painting, 88 x 64cm © Wojciech Fangor (Jankilevitsch Collection / Estate of Wojciech Fangor).

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