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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 20 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.

©2018 Christie Watson (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Honest and thought provoking

After 80+ audible listens, this is the first time I’ve felt compelled to leave a review. This book is such an honest reflection on life within the NHS, at a time of great change and uncertainty. It’s emotionally charged without being overly dramaticised because it doesn’t need to be. The calm delivery despite at times the deeply moving content in my experience sums nurses up to a tee. Unsung heroes. I wish I could thank the author for putting into words how I and many of my NHS colleagues feel at work each day and writing this very human reflection.

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Beautifully written & moving & account of life as an NHS nurse

After reading this book I first wanted to hug my children, then my parents, then a nurse. Christie Watson’s story of her 20+ years working as a nurse within the NHS is beautifully, almost poetically written, yet is easily accessible & engaging. Through stories of individual patients, and looking back on the history of nursing Christie encourages us to look more closely at a profession we will all encounter in our lives, either as a patient ourselves, or visiting a loved one in hospital. Nursing is undoubtably an incredible profession to work in, but we must also understand that at times it is a very difficult job, both physically and emotionally. This is an incredible book that everyone should read. Thank goodness for our NHS and thank goodness for nurses.

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loved it

such a lovely story of Christie's career and a great piece of writing, so relatable as a nurse you have to read it! x

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Took my breath away a bit

A great insight into nursing, no holds barred. Harsh but very informative, often shocking and raw. Nurses run the world!

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An emotional and uplifting read.....

Such a rollercoaster of a read, it made me smile, laugh, cry and feel so grateful for kind, caring, Nurses who every day make a difference to someone’s life 😊

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Emotional rollercoaster

Enlightening insight into the compassion and kindness of nurses. Left me in awe of the commitment nurses have for their profession and the emotional sacrifice they make everyday. Warning - this book may make you buy friends in nursing boxes of chocolates/bottles of wine.

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A wonderful book about nursing

So lovely to read the memories of a nurse. I could relate to so much that Christie has witnessed. And it made me realise that the people we meet through our nursing career stay in our hearts forever. I also forget that the empathy which comes so naturally to me is not present in everyone and that it is the most essential quality for anyone who wants to become a nurse.

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Wonderful!

After hearing Christie speak at an so eloquently I was sold on this book. I was not let down, Christie captures the rollercoaster of emotion that is nursing wonderfully!

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It’s true

This is what it’s like to nurse, sometimes the most important thing you can do for a patient is to be kind and show them love

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Every Human being should read this book.

Christie Watson's book is an amazingly frank and honest portrayal of the NHS today. At times it moved me to tears and at times it made want to shout with frustration but over all it left me with a senses of undeniable admiration for all those that work within this incredible organisation (flaws and all), and to whom society owes so very much.