The Language of Kindness

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What to expect

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story, written and read by Christie Watson.

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 astonishing 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.

Critics Review

  • 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

    The Sunday Telegraph
  • A powerful insight into the life of nurses

    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

    Guardian
  • Wonderful

    Sebastian Faulks
  • A deeply compassionate book… It will leave you weeping as well as hopeful

    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

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