Review: Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay


Title: Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas

Author: Adam Kay

Published: October 15th 2019, Picador

Status: Read December 2019


My Thoughts:

I read This Is Going To Hurt In 2018, though I never wrote a review as I was on hiatus at the time. I enjoyed Adam Kay’s honesty in describing the challenges he faced as a junior doctor in the NHS (Britain’s National Health Service), and his irreverent sense of humour.

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas is more properly a collection of anecdotes, focusing on events that took place over the six Christmas periods Kay was on shift. In keeping with the season, and not requiring much in the way of concentration, it’s a quick read at not quite 150 pages and was perfect to peruse on Christmas night.

“Coming but once a year – and thank fuck for that – the Yuletide brings more than its rightful share of hospital drama.”

The story’s range from the absurd to the heartbreaking. Given that Kay was training in obstetrics and gynaecology, a number of them include inappropriate objects drunkenly inserted in equally inappropriate orifices.

Kay’s real point however is to highlight the fact that while most of us are at home enjoying Christmas with our families, half a million NHS workers – including doctors, nurses, and porters – are hard at work, separated from their loved ones in order to care for ours.

Hilarious, surprising, and poignant, Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas would be an ideal holiday gift for the health professional in your life (but make sure you read it before you wrap it!)

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen Murdoch
    Dec 27, 2019 @ 11:08:05

    We were commenting on the number of car accidents and crazies out just before Christmas. I can just imagine that an ER would be a little nutso this time of year.

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  2. thebookishlibra
    Dec 27, 2019 @ 12:22:40

    This title is new to me but it sounds very entertaining and also a good reminder to think of those working in the medical field or even law enforcement or the military who are missing out on family time because they’re working so hard to save lives.

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  3. Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    Dec 27, 2019 @ 15:11:06

    While this is not something I’d ordinarily pick, it does sound like a great little read. Thanks for highlighting this author.

    PS: Proving once again I would probably enjoy more non-fiction titles if I only made space for them in my reading pile, and why I’ll be taking part in your Non-fiction Challenge in 2020.

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  4. alisbooks
    Dec 28, 2019 @ 05:03:57

    I’ve seen a lot of great reviews for this one. Glad you enjoyed it!

    Liked by 1 person


  5. whatsnonfiction
    Dec 28, 2019 @ 07:48:36

    I’ve read so many glowing reviews of This is Going to Hurt and this one looks so funny too, but also a really important topic to understand something more about. I need to get to him soon!

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Lindsi
    Dec 28, 2019 @ 08:30:14

    I love the title for this book! I wish I’d known about it sooner, and I would have read it over the holidays. Maybe it’s not too late?? Adding it to my TBR now! Lovely review!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? ☃💬



  7. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Dec 28, 2019 @ 23:12:44

    I don’t know if this is my cup of tea, but I can appreciate what he has to say in this — I can’t imagine what they must deal with every day, never mind Christmas!

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