Review: Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay

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.


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.

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