Win a copy of The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story by Christie Watson


We have 10 copies of Christie Watson's acclaimed memoir, The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story up for grabs

The Language of Kindness is a memoir about nursing and an urgent call for compassion and kindness.

Christie Watson was a nurse for 20 years. Taking readers from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is an account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness.

Readers follow Christie as she nurses a premature baby who has miraculously made it through the night, and stand by her side during her patient’s agonising heart-lung transplant. Later, 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. When life is lived most intensely, Christie is there. She is a guide, mentor and friend. And in days of division and isolationism, she encourages readers all to stretch out a hand.

‘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.

‘A remarkable book about life and death and so brilliantly written it makes you hold your breath’ Ruby Wax.

'An amazing book — terrifying at times, but tender and truthful. Let's be thankful for wonderful nurses — and writers — like Christie Watson.’ Jacqueline Wilson

'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

About the author

Christie Watson

Christie Watson was a nurse for 20 years. She worked in a variety of healthcare settings, but spent most of her career in paediatric intensive care in large NHS hospitals before becoming a resuscitation nurse. Christie now teaches and writes and advocates for nursing. Her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award and her second novel, Where Women Are Kings, was also published to international critical acclaim. Her works have been translated into 18 languages.

What our bloggers thought


Five Little Doves

“By the end of Christie’s story I felt energised and inspired, thankful and joyous. I felt nothing but complete and utter admiration for every single nurse out there, and vowed to live my life feeling far more appreciative that, as a family, we have had little need for nursing.”

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Max and Mummy Blog

“Thank you Christie Watson for creating a book that is poetic, harrowing and eye opening. It left me in awe of nurses and is a book that everyone should read to understand the true language of kindness.”

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The Mummy Bubble

“This witty, charming, hilarious and blunt book is absolutely vital reading for our time – when the NHS is under ever-increasing threat. It shows us why we must treasure and protect our beloved NHS, because it’s not just about facts and figures. There is a human heart to the NHS that can never be allowed to stop beating.”

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Hi Baby blog

“Honestly I cannot reccomend this book enough, pick it up, come behind the curtain and meet some of the incredible men and women of the NHS as well as patients you’ll never forget.”

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To be in with a chance of winning one of 10 copies of The Language of Kindness, answer the question below.

Competition closes 14 June 2018. T&Cs apply.