Join Christie Watson and Caroline Elton at Bell House on Tuesday 8th May as they discuss the NHS, share their views of life behind the scenes and what it is like for the teams that look after us in hospitals.

Doctors and nurses are the people we turn to when we fall ill and who look after us. They are the people we trust with our lives, and with the lives of those we love. But what is it like from their side?

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.

Christie’s book has received many fantastic reviews. Just to quote a couple:

“An amazing book – terrifying at times, but tender and truthful.  Let’s be thankful for wonderful nurses – and writers – like Christie Watson”

“A remarkable book about life and death and so brilliantly written it makes you hold your breath”

Caroline Elton is a psychologist who specialises in helping doctors. For over twenty years she has listened as doctors have unburdened themselves of the pressures of their jobs: the obstetrician whose own fertility treatment failed; the trainee oncologist who found herself unable to treat patients suffering from the disease that killed her father; the brilliant neurosurgeon struggling to progress her career in an environment that was hostile to women.

Drawing on extraordinary case studies and decades of work supporting clinicians, Also Human presents a provocative, perceptive and deeply humane examination of the modern medical profession.

Caroline Elton’s book, Also Human has received rave reviews, including Hilary Mantel saying “All agree there is a crisis in health care, but this book looks behind the headlines and tots up the human cost of a flawed system. Written with perceptive sympathy for the wounded healer, it is necessary reading for both doctors and patients”.

Behind the scenes in the NHS with Christie Watson & Caroline Elton
Tuesday 8th May at  7.30pm
Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich SE21 7BG
Tickets available from
£10 & includes entry & drinks.