The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story Hardcover – 3 May 2018
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"If it's taken a very long time to get a memoir written by a nurse, then it was certainly worth the wait. I have rarely read anything that has moved me as much or taken me by the hand so confidently into an unknown world, teeming with life and haunted by death... A remarkable book that I will be pressing on everyone I love" (Allison Pearson The Sunday Telegraph)
"A powerful insight into the life of nurses" (Robbie Millen The Times, **Books of the Year**)
"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 ... A gently remarkable book… it’s a privilege to have Christie as our guide" (Adam Kay Guardian)
"Wonderful" (Sebastian Faulks)
"A deeply compassionate book… It will leave you weeping as well as hopeful" (Helen Davies Sunday Times, **Books of the Year**)
"An amazing book -- terrifying at times, but tender and truthful. Let's be thankful for wonderful nurses -- and writers -- like Christie Watson" (Jacqueline Wilson)
"Compared with the recent rash of doctor memoirs, this is a far quieter and more thoughtful book" (Kathryn Hughes Guardian, **Books of the Year**)
"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)
About the Author
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.
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In contrast this book manages to include nursing research and theory, coupled with the authors personal philosophy of nursing in an intelligent and readable way to explain what nursing means and how important it is. This makes it sound rather a dry read, but it is completely the opposite as the author explains her reasoning through personal experience. She demonstrates her understanding of the language of kindness in nursing both as a nurse and a relative of a patient. A very cleverly written book full of insight, it should be compulsory reading for everyone involved in the healthcare professions. I loved it.
But, this book should have been edited much more rigourously. Despite the subject matter, I actually got bored in places. The philosophising and history don't really work well and the book doesn't hang together properly.
Still worth reading. But don't have too high expectations. The hype actually spoils the experience.