The Language of Kindness

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.

About

Christie Watson was a registered paediatric nurse for twenty years. She spent most of her career in paediatric intensive care in large NHS hospitals before becoming a resuscitation officer, which involved teaching and clinical work on hospital-wide crash teams. Christie now teaches and writes full time.

Her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award and her second novel, Where Women Are King, was also published to international critical acclaim. Her works have been translated into eighteen languages. She lives in London.

Events

See below for details of Christie’s upcoming public events. Click on each for more information:

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Reading and Q&A

The Exchange, Twickenham

Tuesday 29th May 2018

At this event Christie will be doing a reading followed by a Q&A. Come along to The Exchange to get this exclusive on what will be one of 2018’s most talked about books.

Tickets: £5 / £3 Concs & NHS Workers

Free to St Marys staff and students but need to email Exchange box office to reserve a seat.

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Caroline Elton and Christie Watson – The People, The Professionals

Hay Festival

Sunday 3rd June 2018

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Time: 5.30pm (TBC)

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Booka Bookshop

Monday 4th June 2018

Venue: Booka Bookshop, 26-28 Church Street, OswestryShropshire SY11 2SP

Time: 7pm

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Imagined Things Bookshop

Tuesday 12th June 2018

Venue: “The Nest” at the Starling Independent Beer and Coffee House47 Oxford St, Harrogate HG1 1PW

Time: 7pm

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Talk and Q&A

Marlow Bookshop

Wednesday 20th June 2018

Venue: 22-24 Spittal Street, Marlow SL1 7DB

Time: 6.30pm

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The Chorleywood Bookshop

Monday 25th June 2018

Venue: 4 New Parade, Chorleywood WD3 5NJ

Time: 7.30pm

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Curious Arts Festival

Friday 20th July 2018

Venue: Pylewell Park, East End, Lymington SO41 5S

Date and Time: TBC

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Port Elliot Festival

Port Elliot

Thursday 26th July 2018

Venue: St. Germans, Cornwall

Date and time: TBC

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Oslo Book Tour

11 - 13 September

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Books

Christie Watson has published two novels, including the Costa First Novel Award winning Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, and her first non-fiction The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story is available from May 3rd. Click on each title for more information.

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Tiny Sunbirds Far Away

WINNER OF THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2011.

'Everything changed after Mama found Father lying on top of another woman.'

Blessing and her brother Ezikiel adore their larger-than-life father, their glamorous mother and their comfortable life in Lagos. But all that changes when their father leaves them for another woman.

Their mother is fired from her job at the Royal Imperial Hotel - only married women can work there - and soon they have to quit their air-conditioned apartment to go and live with their grandparents in a compound in the Niger Delta. Adapting to life with a poor countryside family is a shock beyond measure after their privileged upbringing in Lagos.

Told in Blessing's own beguiling voice, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away shows how some families can survive almost anything. At times hilarious, always poignant, occasionally tragic, it is peopled with characters you will never forget.

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Where Women Are Kings

Elijah, seven years old, is covered in scars and has a history of disruptive behaviour. His adoptive mother Nikki believes that she and her husband Obi are strong enough to accept his difficulties - and that being white will not affect her ability to raise a black son.

Elijah's birth mother Deborah loves her son like the world has never known. Elijah thinks it's his fault they can't be together.

Each of them faces more challenges than they could have dreamed, but just as Elijah starts to settle in, a shocking event rocks their fragile peace and the result is devastating.

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The Language of Kindness

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.

Contact

For all PR / Media enquiries:

Fran Owen and Sophie Mitchell

mitchellowen@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk

 

UK Agent

Sophie Lambert

sophie@cwagency.co.uk

+44 (0) 20 7393 4200

 

US Agent

Anna Stein

moppenheimer@icmpartners.com

+1 212 556 5600

 

TV / Film Agent

Luke Speed

Luke.Speed@curtisbrown.co.uk

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