A remarkable book about life, death and nursing so brilliantly written it will take your breath away.
VINTAGE is giving away sets of 10 copies of The Language of Kindness to 5 different reading groups to read and review in their February book group meetings.
You can also download an exclusive reading group guide here.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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 astounding 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.
‘A remarkable book about life and death and so brilliantly written it makes you hold your breath’
‘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
‘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’
Once your group has read the book, we’d love to hear what you think. Share your thoughts with Christie Watson @tinysunbird and @vintagebooks on Twitter and support the author by leaving your review on Amazon or wherever you like to leave book reviews online.