Celebrating nurses

Have you experienced great nursing? Share your story to be entered into The Language of Kindness Stories of Nursing competition, judged by Christie Watson herself. The winning entrant will receive a The Language of Kindness hamper, including a year of VINTAGE reading. A £250 donation will also be made on your behalf to the RCN Foundation and the entry itself will appear in the back of the ebook edition of The Language of Kindness.

The Language of Kindness is a remarkable book about life, death and nursing so brilliantly written it will take your breath away. Christie Watson was a nurse for 20 years. She takes us by the hand, and leads us from A&E to the mortuary. She shows us that, in our most extreme moments, when life is lived most intensely, nurses are with us. Adam Kay, author of This is Going To Hurt, said: ‘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’.

Enter your details below for your chance to win. Entries must be received by 23:59 GMT 11 February 2019. Terms and conditions apply.

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  • The Language of Kindness

  • Read Costa Award-winning author Christie Watson's incredible No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling memoir of nursing today.

    'It made me cry. It made me think. It made me laugh' Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt and Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas

    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.

    'A powerful insight into the life of nurses' The Times, Books of the Year

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

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1. By entering this competition, you agree to accept and be bound by these terms and conditions.  All entry instructions form part of the terms & conditions of this competition. 

2. This competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over who is a resident of the UK or the Republic of Ireland, except for employees of The Random House Group Limited, its subsidiary companies, their families and any other company connected with the competition.

3.  Entries must be received by 23:59 GMT 11 February 2019.   Entries that are illegible, incomplete, corrupted or which fail to be received by the closing date for any reason, will not be considered. The promoter is not responsible for entries delayed or lost in the post. Proof of postage is not proof of receipt. Automatically generated entries or entries via agents or third parties are invalid and shall not be considered. Entries shall not be returned. Only one entry per person. No entrant may win more than one prize.

4. To enter, entrants need to share their story of nursing in 300 words or less via the online form found at www.penguin.co.uk/nursingstories.

5. All correctly completed entries will be forwarded to a judging panel made up of Christie Watson, members of the Vintage team and an independent judge. The winner will be the entry that in the opinion of the judges is the best answer.

6. The prize is a paperback copy of The Language of Kindness, 12 other books published by Vintage, a box of Teapigs tea (37.5g), a bar of Seed and Bean chocolate (85g), a £250 charitable donation to the RCN Foundation and the winning entry will appear in the back of the ebook of The Language of Kindness from 1 April 2019 until 1 October 2019) (prize). The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered.

7. Events may occur which render the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the promoter and the promoter may, at its absolute discretion, vary, amend or suspend with or without notice. 

8.  The winner will be notified by email within 28 days of the closing date (i.e. by 11 March 2019). The winner must claim their prize within 30 days of the promoter sending notification. If the prize is unclaimed after this time, it will lapse and the promoter reserves the right to offer the unclaimed prize to a substitute winner selected in accordance with these rules.

9.  Other than those specified above, the promoter shall not be liable for any costs or expenses arising out of or in any way connected with this prize and does not accept any responsibility for any damage, loss or disappointment suffered by the winner as result of accepting this prize.

10. By entering this competition each entrant confirms that his/her entry is their wholly-owned creation and to the extent that such entry makes use of any third party materials, that these have been fully cleared unless they are no longer protected by copyright or other intellectual property rights.  Entrants will keep the promoter harmless from any claims that the entry infringes the personal or proprietary right of any other person.  By submitting an entry, each entrant (or their parent/guardian on their behalf) grants to the promoter a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to edit, publish, translate, modify, adapt, make available and distribute the entry throughout the world in any media now known or hereafter invented. Each entrant (or their parent/guardian on their behalf) undertakes to complete any necessary documentation to formalise the licence. If you do not want to grant us these rights, please do not submit materials to us.]

11. Each entrant acknowledges that names, hospital names and places appearing in the winning entry may need to be changed by the Promoter for confidentiality reasons before publication in the eBook. The winner will be consulted prior to such changes being made.

12. By entering this competition, all entrants consent to the use of their personal data by the Promoter for the purposes of running the competition as detailed in these terms and conditions.  Details on how we process the personal data of entrants can be found in our Privacy Policy (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk/PrivacyPolicy/)

13.  The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to the competition.

14. Promoter may disqualify any entrant whose entry does not comply with these terms and conditions (in promoter’s sole opinion) or who, in promoter’s sole determination, has acted in a manner that is fraudulent, dishonest or unjust to other entrants including, without limitation, tampering with the operation of the competition, manipulating or rigging votes, hacking, deceiving, using multiple accounts to submit multiple entries, cheating or by harassing or threatening other entrants, the panel or a representative of promoter.

15. These terms and conditions are subject to English Law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

16. The promoter’s contact details are: The Random House Group Limited, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA.

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