Christie Watson

Quilt on Fire
  • Quilt on Fire

  • A frank, funny and inspiring new memoir from Christie Watson about the search for meaning in mid-life

    Quilt on Fire reframes mid-life with openness and honesty, and celebrates the messy magic of being a single woman in your forties.

    Christie has been searching for the meaning of love since her early twenties: when the bright glow of emotion she experienced with her boyfriend turned out to be her bedroom quilt that had caught fire. Now, at the age of 44, following what she thought was a spectacular breakdown (and that turned out to be the peri-menopause), she asks the question: what does love mean now? Christie takes us on a very funny, sometimes shocking and touchingly poignant journey: through peri-menopause and single parenting, via a world pandemic, to a place of change and acceptance that her younger self would never have believed...

Christie Watson is a writer and Professor of Medical and Health Humanities. Her first book, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award and along with her second novel, Where Women Are Kings, was widely translated and achieved international critical acclaim. The Language of Kindness, published in 2018, was a number one Sunday Times bestseller and Book of the Year in the Evening Standard, Guardian, i, New Statesman, The Sunday Times and The Times. It has been translated into 23 languages and adapted for theatre. In 2020 during the first peak of the pandemic, Christie returned to clinical nursing, as well as publishing The Courage to Care, a vital and timely book about the bravery of patients and families and the critical work that nurses perform in our hospitals and beyond. She is Patron of the Royal College of Nursing Foundation.

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