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Publisher's Summary

Number-one international best seller.

A moving, lyrical, beautifully written portrait of a nurse and the lives she has touched.

Christie Watson spent 20 years as a nurse, and in this intimate, poignant, and remarkably powerful audiobook, she opens the doors of the hospital and shares its secrets. She takes us by her side down hospital corridors to visit the wards and meet her unforgettable patients.

In the neonatal unit, premature babies fight for their lives, hovering at the very edge of survival, like tiny Emmanuel, wrapped up in a sandwich bag. On the cancer wards, the nurses administer chemotherapy and, long after the medicine stops working, something more important - which Watson learns to recognize when her own father is dying of cancer. In the pediatric intensive care unit, the nurses wash the hair of a little girl to remove the smell of smoke from the house fire. The emergency room is overcrowded as ever, with waves of alcohol and drug addicted patients as well as patients like Betty, a widow suffering chest pain, frail and alone. And the stories of the geriatric ward - Gladys and older patients like her - show the plight of the most vulnerable members of our society.

Through the smallest of actions, nurses provide vital care and kindness. All of us will experience illness in our lifetime, and we will all depend on the support and dignity that nurses offer us; yet the women and men who form the vanguard of our health care remain unsung. In this age of fear, hate, and division, Christie Watson has created an audiobook that reminds us of all that we share, and of the urgency of compassion.

©2018 Christie Watson (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Many doctors have been distinguished writers. . . .But we haven’t heard enough from nurses, whose world is just as arcane and important. . . .The Language of Kindness could not be more compelling or more welcome: It's about how we survive, and about the people who help us do so." (The New York Times Book Review

"I challenge anyone to get through all 336 pages without weeping. . . . Expect Watson's stories of patients like Tommy and Katie to linger with you many days after the final chapter." (The Sunday Times, London)

"This brilliant, life-changing book has to be experienced. . . . More than a memoir, The Language of Kindness exerts the power of a gripping novel." (The Irish Times)

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Story of kindness, story of Nursing in GB

There is very little memoirs in those memoirs; here and there the author tells some private information about her life (very intriguing, I wish there is more -- maybe the whole book...) but mostly this is story about nursing, about patience and the patients, about treatments, and about kindness. Very nicely, mature, and intelligently written.

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Wow

Beautiful story, nursing is not an easy job it has ups and downs and the authors shows the struggles and rewards amazingly.

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Touching and educational

Opened my eyes to the emotional side of nursing care. Very hard to put down. Beautifully read by the author.

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Beautifully written, beautifully read!

Christie Watson's story of her life in nursing is a joy. (though the subject is often pain.) Her life and her writing have skill, passion and meaning. Her voice is (of course) kind. I'll probably listen to it again because she is such good company.

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I loved it. As an intensive care RN myself in the States, I found this book to be an accurate representation of a nurses journey. Highly recommend!

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Beautiful gem of a book

Wonderfully read by the author. Fascinating and thought-provoking book. It was well worth a credit.

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Loved

As an ER I love hearing stories of other nurses, what they feel and go through makes everything more comforting. This book was beyond amazing and loved every minute of it.

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One of the "Very Good Ones"

I have had the misfortune of being hospitalized only a few times in my life, but the impact nurses had on my experience was always profound. Most of my nurses were efficient, competent, professional, and yes, kind. The outliers who did not display these traits stood out for their lack in one or more areas. In my experience they were rare and only served to help me appreciate the vast majority of nurses who helped me to recover quickly and return me to my normal life. I recommend this memoir, written by a dedicated nurse, one of the the truly "good ones." What nurses do is so very important. We need to compensate them far better and elevate their status to the level it deserves. I very much hope physicians appreciate what a good nurse can bring to the table, the important contributions they make in patient care, recovery, and quality of life.

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thanks to Christie Watson for sharing her stories. The depth and diversity of nurses' work is not to be underestimated, and the importance of the work they do--helping us when we're vulnerable--is well-described here. A very worthwhile read.

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amazing!!

a beautifully written, beautifully told memoir of life as a nurse in Central London. It showed empathy and love to all of us.