‘Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas’ – by Adam Kay

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I was so excited for the release of this, after enjoying Kay’s first book, ‘This Is Going To Hurt’, however the size of it and the price tag immediately disappointed me. It seemed like a lot of money for such a short book… However, my lovely Mum knew how much I wanted to read it and so ordered it for me as a treat 🙂

With it being such a short book, I finished it within 24 hours, but that is also a sign that I couldn’t put the book down. Absolutely fantastic read. Kay’s wit is something the biggest comedians of the world should be envious of. He can turn a traumatic medical experience into a hilarious situation. I admit, I laughed out loud at the most inappropriate situations. Shameful, I know.

This book picks up the missing pieces from the last one. Kay’s six years as a doctor involved six years on the trot working on Christmas Day and not seeing his family, something us non-NHS workers could never imagine. The medical emergencies and scenarios do not disappoint in their hilarity, however be prepared for upsetting reading in parts (there are trigger warnings in case you need to skip past them). It is a shame that Kay’s medical years are behind him and we cannot be treated to this kind of book again, however once you understand his reasons for leaving the role, all you can do is praise him for sticking it out as long as he did and having utmost respect for all emergency NHS workers.


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