Reviews

  • "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"

    The Sunday Telegraph
  • "A powerful insight into the life of nurses"

    The Times, **Books of the Year**
  • "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 ... A gently remarkable book… it’s a privilege to have Christie as our guide"

    Guardian
  • "A deeply compassionate book… It will leave you weeping as well as hopeful"

    Sunday Times, **Books of the Year**
  • "Compared with the recent rash of doctor memoirs, this is a far quieter and more thoughtful book"

    Kathryn Hughes, Guardian, **Books of the Year**
  • "I challenge anyone to get through all 336 pages without shedding a tear for what those who work in "the most undervalued of all professions" have to witness ... Expect her stories [...] to linger with you many days after the final chapter"

    Jackie Annesley, The Sunday Times
  • "A remarkable book about life and death and so brilliantly written it makes you hold your breath"

    Ruby Wax
  • "A poignant and powerful account of what it’s like to be a nurse. It’s a profession that touches all our lives delivering expert and compassionate care from the cradle to the grave. A must-read for nurses and those interested in understanding the true art and science of nursing"

    Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England
  • "Lyrical, moving ... Watson tackles grisly deaths and eccentric patients, but also the importance of comfort and empathy in nursing with engrossing results ... A nurse's voice has never really been heard before on this scale. Now's the time for it to ring out loud"

    Stylist
  • "A wise and tender book, by turns fierce, compassionate, and revelatory. It shows the joys and the difficulties of looking after people at their most vulnerable, and makes an urgent plea: as a society we have to care better for the nurses who care for us"

    Dr Gavin Francis, author of Adventures in Human Being