Title: Dear NHS – 100 Stories to Say Thank You

Author: Adam Kay

Pages: 295 Pages

Publisher: Trapeze

The Blurb

Curated and edited by Adam Kay (author of multi-million bestseller This is Going to Hurt), Dear NHS features 100 household names telling their personal stories of the health service. Contributors include: Paul McCartney, Emilia Clarke, Peter Kay, Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Sir Trevor McDonald, Graham Norton, Sir Michael Palin, Naomie Harris, Ricky Gervais, Sir David Jason, Dame Emma Thompson, Joanna Lumley, Miranda Hart, Dermot O’Leary, Jamie Oliver, Ed Sheeran, David Tennant, Dame Julie Walters, Emma Watson, Malala Yousafzai and many, many more.

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The Review

Dear NHS is a collection of tales from celebrities celebrating our NHS. Now, more than ever we need to protect this fabulous institution. Each celebrity featured in this book has a personal connection with the NHS. It could be when they themselves were cared for, a loved one was cared for or even when they worked there. What is palpable from every story is just how much it is valued.

With this collection, Adam Kay has once again highlighted the importance of protecting the NHS from the nefarious hands of our current government who seem desperate to privatise it for monetary gain. The money from the sales of this book will go back into the NHS so even if you aren’t a reader, don’t want to read this book then please buy it anyway. Appreciate the NHS now, not when it is gone.

Dear NHS – 100 Stories to Say Thank You by Adam Kay is available now.

For more information regarding Adam Kay (@amateuradam) please visit www.adamkay.co.uk.

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Title: Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas

Author: Adam Kay

Pages: 160 Pages

Publisher: Picador

The Blurb

A short gift book of festive hospital diaries from the author of million-copy bestseller This is Going to Hurt

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat . . . but 1.4 million NHS staff are heading off to work. In this perfect present for anyone who has ever set foot in a hospital, Adam Kay delves back into his diaries for a hilarious, horrifying and sometimes heartbreaking peek behind the blue curtain at Christmastime.

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas is a love letter to all those who spend their festive season on the front line, removing babies and baubles from the various places they get stuck, at the most wonderful time of the year.

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The Review

In a continuation from his debut This is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay once again celebrates the NHS and all the strange and wonderful things he witnessed as a junior doctor. The one negative thing about Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas is that it is just a bit on the short side. This is a backhanded compliment, I know, but the series of books has been so very good that I just want more.

I really hope that Adam Kay has more of these books in him…not in an ‘I-accidentally-fell-on-it-and-it-and-it-went-up-my-bum-and-I-ended-up-in-A&E’ way but you know what I mean.

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay is available now.

For more information regarding Adam Kay (@amateuradam) please visit www.adamkay.co.uk.

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Title: This is Going to Hurt

Author: Adam Kay

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Picador

The Blurb

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.

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The Review

Adam Kay was once a junior doctor and what lies between the pages of his debut book This is Going to Hurt is a hilarious collection of stories that he encountered whilst working for the NHS.

What I initially found surprising whilst reading This is Going to Hurt is the sheer volume of people who go to A and E with weird things lodged up their bum.

Reading This is Going to Hurt reminded me of many things. These include but are not limited to 1) our NHS is desperately underfunded. We know this already but it is corroborated by Adam Kay and as someone who once worked for this service I am going to take his word as gospel. You realise just how desperate a situation we are in. Secondly, work to life balance is so very important and 3) some illnesses are just plain weird.

A few years ago I became really ill. Due to the excellent care from doctors, nurses, porters alike (except one registrar but we will bypass this person) I really considered retraining to become a nurse. The amazing care I received allowed- nay, helped me fight my illness and I genuinely have the NHS to thank for that. Ultimately, I didn’t do it but after reading This is Going to Hurt I am sure that I could not live that life. I am just not strong enough. However, Adam Kay did reaffirm my belief that those who work or who have previously worked for the NHS are heroes. Fact.

Also This is Going to Hurt will make you laugh so hard you may end up with a hernia and need the NHS. Read with caution.

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay is available now.

For more information regarding Adam Kay (@amateuradam) please visit www.adamkay.co.uk.

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Title: The Young Adult Writer’s Journey – An Encyclopedia for YA Writers

Author: Janet Schrader-Post and Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds

Pages: 199 Pages

Publisher: Tell Tale Publishing Group

The Blurb

Finally, an all-inclusive book on young adult fiction must-do, don’t do and how-to. If you want to write a young adult novel, you need to read this book first. Coauthored by an award-winning YA author and an acquisitions editor, both experts on kids and what they like to read, this encyclopedia contains all you need to start or improve a career as a YA fiction author. ​

From an examination of the market, genre and its sub-genres, to mechanics and the business, everything is at your fingertips. This amazing writer’s resource is written in a relaxed and interesting style, with plenty of contemporary references and examples for clear understanding and easier application.

The Review

The Young Adult Writer’s Journey is an excellent jumping off point for those who wish to write for a young audience. The book breaks down in very easy chunks how to approach this style of writing. It looks specifically at the expectations of the audience – the rules – and how writing for a young audience gives you a wide range for expression.

Furthermore, trope and features are highlighted in an easy to understand way with practical examples to help you understand them with context – either by citing a well known film or book for you to compare it to.

Writers Janet Schrader-Post and Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds really do hold your hand all the way through inception of your story idea to trying to get it published. It is a rarity that a book can take you through every phase in a way that is enjoyable to read and still feel practical.

The Young Adult Writers Journey by Janet Schrader-Post and Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds is available now.

For more information regarding Tell Tale Publishing Group (@TellTalePub) please visit www.tell-talepublishing.com.

Title: Airhead

Author: Emily Maitlis

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

In this no holds barred account of life in the seconds before, during and after going on air, Newsnight presenter, leading journalist, and queen of the side eye Emily Maitlis gives us the insider info on what we don’t get to see on-screen.

Giving us the inside scoop on her interviews with everyone from Emma Thompson to Russell Brand, and Donald Trump to Tony Blair, as well as covering news stories such as President Clinton’s affairs, Boris Johnson’s race to PM, Grenfell, #MeToo, and the Paris terror attacks.

Airhead is a brilliant exposé of the moments that never make the news.

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The Review

I’ll be honest, I am more of a channel 4 news kinda gal and although I had seen Emily Maitlis on the news on the BBC I wasn’t really aware of just how prolific her career as an investigative journalist she was.

That all changed after watching that interview – you know the one I mean – and I instantly wanted to find out more about her career.

By all accounts she has led a fascinating life. The places she has been and the people she has met are amazing. However, what comes across in her memoir is just how humbled she is by her experiences and how she always strives to do better.

Airhead is a must read. It is a fascinating social document about the world we live in.

Airhead by Emily Maitlis is available now.

For more information regarding Emily Maitlis (@maitlis) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding Penguin (@PenguinUKBooks) please visit www.penguin.co.uk.