Saturday June 6, 2020

Humanity and understanding shine through nurse’s memoir

The Language of Kindness puts other memoirs to shame, by narrating an ordinary working life which nevertheless confronts the dark, the sublime and transcendental

15th April, 2018
Christie Watson: the former nurse narrates an ordinary working life which nevertheless confronts the dark, the sublime and transcendental Pic: Lottie Davies

Memoir: The Language of Kindness, By Christie Watson, Chatto & Windus, €17.25

Having already published two novels, Christie Watson’s first memoir recounts her two decades as a nurse working with the NHS. The Language of Kindness is as much a record of Watson’s patients as it is of her own life, interspersed with passages on the theory, the history and the philosophy of nursing, and the workings of the body and mind. “It...

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