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A vital and timely book about inspirational nurses and the bravery of patients and families, from the best-selling author of The Language of Kindness.

Nurses have never been more important. We benefit from their expertise in our hospitals and beyond: in our schools, on our streets, in prisons, hospices and care homes. When we feel most alone, nurses remind us that we are not alone at all. 

In The Courage to Care best-selling author Christie Watson reveals the remarkable extent of nurses’ work. A community mental-health nurse choreographs support for a man suffering from severe depression. A teen with stab wounds is treated by the critical-care team; his school nurse visits and he drops the bravado. A pregnant woman loses frightening amounts of blood following a car accident; it is a military nurse who synchronises the emergency department into immaculate order and focus.

Christie makes a further discovery: that, time and again, it is patients and their families - including her own - who show exceptional strength in the most challenging times. We are all deserving of compassion, and as we share in each other’s suffering, Christie Watson shows us how we can find courage too. The courage to care.

©2020 Christie Watson (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Only just tolerable

I feel a bit mean giving this book two stars as it is all about care, compassion and the courage to be tolerant and mindful of suffering In all its forms. But it becomes maudlin, self righteous and syrupy. I was, in the end, glad to finish it. Her previous book was much better (by the way, I too am a nurse)

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A nurses story

Loved it,have lived it , so many recognisable situations, emotions and memories. Truly a privilege.

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Brilliant

This is the most fascinating, moving, informative and brilliantly crafted book. A lot of it will stay with me.

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Surprisingly bland and monotonous

It feels bad to criticise a book about good people doing good things in difficult circumstances. But very quickly the earnest, present tense tone extolling the virtue and dignity of nurses and their patients, peppered with Instagram worthy philosophies becomes repetitive. It's sort of one note that ends up sliding along with little emotional or narrative differentiation. I ended up disengaged and bored. Maybe the written version is better to apprehend and make sense of. Like I say, it feels bad to criticise a book about good people doing good things in difficult circumstances. I'm looking forward to reading the book that came first - maybe this one was too driven by publishers wanting a repeat in time for covid.

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Thank you

Thank you for this book. I’m a student midwife with children similar ages to yours. It was so inspiring to hear your experiences.

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Really enjoyed

One of my favourites and one for the covid times.
Well enjoyed, relaxed and lighthearted. Although very insightful.

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I regret i ve already finished this book

Must read,not only for nurses, makes you cry and laugh,very captivating and poignant. One of the most important books i ve read/ listened to.

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Feeling humbled

I love Christie's nursing memoirs both have taken me on an emotional journey through my career.

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A wonderful book

I saw Christie discussing her book on Sky Arts Bookclub, and bought the book as it sounded really interesting. I have so enjoyed listening to it. A beautiful book, beautifully narrated.

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One of my favourites

I loved her first book the language of kindness and this one is just as good her voice is so mesmerising and really punctuates how she feels about her career and her journy id recomend this to evryone its a wonderful book even if it did make me cry on the bus 😂