Book Review: Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas – Adam Kay

“With twenty-five tales of intriguing, shocking and incredible Christmas incidents, the British public will finally appreciate the sacrifices made and the challenges faced by the unsung heroes of the NHS.”

As we head back to the hospital wards with Kay we’re thrown back into the chaos and you will laugh so much in a short span of pages. I’ll be honest I wanted more! I absolutely loved this and it was a perfect follow up to This Is Going To Hurt.

I will warn you, and so does Kay, that there is one point in the book that describes a medical procedure that is hard to read. There is a description of a termination which is not pleasant but I did read it and I’m please I did especially in regards to the circumstances that lead to it. This is clearly marked and you can skip it if you wish. It is so important even if it is a tough read.

Aside from that, the rest of the book does have a lot of laughs, a lot of face palming at the stupidity of people and also a whole lot of heart – just was we found in the first book. Once again, Kay has produced a perfect mix of education, humour, kindness and moments that have you wondering just how some people are functioning human beings.

If anything, this is a stark reminder of the work the NHS does, the reason that we need to try our hardest to protect and to only use the right services. Your GP doesn’t need to know about your cold. You can use online services! You only need to call an ambulance in an incredibly serious situation! I know the majority of my readers know this but the point still stands we need to try to help the NHS and those who work in it in any way that we can.

Is it any wonder that I gave this 5 stars? Adam Kay is a fantastic writer and I can’t wait to see what he does next. While this was short it was a perfect read in the run up to Christmas when we are all so busy. I’ve also been recommending it to EVERYONE. Go and pick it up, maybe with some Christmas money? 😉

4 thoughts on “Book Review: Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas – Adam Kay

  1. Annabel (AnnaBookBel) says:

    Didn’t you find his constant referring back to his first book irritating though. I did. I loved the new stuff and like you did get a lump in my throat, but all the ‘But my first book….’ schtick was frankly padding and a bit much for me.

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  2. Kristina says:

    Happy you liked it!
    Do you think it’d be fine to read it without having read the book prior? A blogger said it was better to, but idk- with how much as been said coming from book one..

    It’s just crazy how many people go to the Er for basic stuff they would be fine going at a clinic where I live 🤦🏽‍♀️ and I just can’t get tired of thoses « can humans be that stupid?! » moments xd i’ve gotten a few at work aswell, I bet they’re so much greater in a hospital than in a coffee shop though, ahah

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