Christie Watson – The Language of Kindness

The Language of Kindness is a hymn to nursing, above all to the outstanding nurses that Christie Watson has seen at work. She is now a full-time writer, but spent twenty years as a nurse, in later years as a specialist nurse trainer in resuscitation. Her initial career took a roundabout route as she tried out mental health nursing before becoming a children’s nurse. Even then, there were different areas of specialty seen here, such as neurosurgery – which was not for her – acute medical wards, community respite, and paediatric intensive care. So we witness through the writer’s eyes … Read more...

Sacha Bonsor – Dipped into Oblivion

At the age of 25 Sacha Bonsor elected to have complicated and risky surgery for a malformation of blood vessels at the junction of the spinal cord and the brain. This is her memoir. In the aftermath of the surgery she confronts face-on a question that is present for everyone who has had a function-changing neurological event: how much do I accept things as they are, and how much work and energy do I want to devote to rehabilitation and changing the current state of things? She puts it beautifully: ‘where to draw the line of acceptance’. At this stage, … Read more...