I wish to thank Chloe Healy Head of Marketing at Vintage Publicity Penguin Random House for inviting to read and review this book THE LANGUAGE OF KINDNESS 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.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
What a truly inspirational story this is as Christie Watson literally took me by the hand and walked me through twenty years of her nursing career, sharing some of the most intimate moments where she, her patients and their families were at their most vulnerable. She made me laugh and cry with a raw honesty where she held nothing back warts and all.
Going into nursing was not a calling for her but more a career that she stumbled on through circumstances. This journey took me through A & E to specialised nursing and everything in between, the politics and lack of funding to the cogs of the real decision makers of patient care. As I read each page this hidden world that we all take for granted unfolded.
These were real people’s lives, real events and no retakes. The stories of courageous children and how every person that works in the hospital and comes in contact with them are affected when nothing can be done except make end of life as pain-free as possible and not frightening but it doesn’t stop there for many. Especially with the long-term illness and palliative care.
Very little of her personal life is in the book with the exception of her family being on the receiving end of nursing care when her father was ill. It was really special that she shared that time and although she was capable of doing the nursing role it gave her father dignity because another nurse took over the intimate care and someone her father to open up to honestly. At that time Christie really did need to be simply his daughter. It was very touching.
It never is just about the patient either, there is a story of a little girl being brought in after a house fire and what the nurses did I will never forget. This is a reality check. I really wish that everyone would read this book. It will waken all of your senses, the smells and the terrible things they see but also your emotions, a good day is when everyone survives. It really does hit home about these unsung heroes that we all take for granted. Superb!
I wish to thank Vintage for inviting me to read this book via NetGalley which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. She worked in a variety of healthcare settings, but spent most of her career in paediatric intensive care in large NHS hospitals before becoming a resuscitation nurse. Christie now teaches and writes and advocates for nursing. Her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award and her second novel, Where Women Are Kings, was also published to international critical acclaim. Her works have been translated into eighteen languages.