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The Language of Kindness

Christie Watson (Author)

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

*BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week*

An astonishing memoir about nursing and an urgent call for compassion and kindness

‘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
‘A remarkable book about life and death and so brilliantly written it makes you hold your breath’ Ruby Wax

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.

‘It is very hard to describe the essence of nursing but Christie’s story captures it. Through her powerful writing the true value of the nurse becomes clear’ Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

Rajeev Balasubramanyam (Author)

Take a trip with the completely infuriating, utterly charming Professor Chandra as he tries to answer to the biggest question of all: what makes us truly happy?

In the moments after the accident, Professor Chandra doesn’t see his life flash before his eyes, but his life’s work. He’s just narrowly missed the Nobel Prize (again) and even though he knows he should get straight back to his pie charts, his doctor has other ideas. All this work. All this success. All this stress. It’s killing him. He needs to take a break, start enjoying himself. In short, says his doctor (who is from California), Professor Chandra should just follow his bliss.

Meet Professor Chandra: internationally renowned economist; divorced father of three (quite frankly, baffling) children; recent victim of a bicycle hit-and-run; but much more than the sum of his parts. He doesn’t know it yet but he’s about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, in search of life’s most enigmatic skill: happiness.

Brainstorm

Suzanne O'Sullivan (Author)

From the Wellcome Prize-winning author of It's All in Your Head

Brainstorm examines the stories of people whose symptoms are so strange even their doctor struggles to know how to solve them. A man who sees cartoon characters running across the room; a teenager who one day arrives home with inexplicably torn clothes; a girl whose world turns all Alice in Wonderland; another who transforms into a ragdoll whenever she even thinks about moving.

The brain is the most complex structure in the universe, and neurologists must puzzle out life-changing diagnoses from the tiniest of clues – it’s the ultimate in medical detective work. In this riveting book, one of the UK’s leading neurologists takes you with her as she follows the trail of her patients’ symptoms: feelings of déjà vu lead us to a damaged hippocampus; spitting and fidgeting to the right temporal lobe; fear of movement to a brain tumour; a missed heart beat to the limbic system.

It’s a journey that will open your eyes to the unfathomable intricacies of the brain, and the infinite variety of human capacity and experience.

Praise for It's All in Your Head

‘As addictive as a great box set, makes you rethink some of your closest relationships and wonder about some of the people you know best; and above all, like all truly great books, it is about love and compassion’ Satnam Sanghera, The Times

‘Remarkable… It should be on the reading list of every medical student’ P.D. Smith, Guardian

‘An extraordinary book... an important one too’ Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday

‘Read this book’ British Medical Journal

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