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Book Review: Twas the nightshift before Christmas by Adam Kay

I am an absolute fan of Adam Kay’s first book, This is Going to Hurt,  which remains in my top favourites of all time. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out about his new book coming out! This book was really great. It follows Kay throughout 6 (consecutive!) years of the festive period whilst working as a doctor in the NHS.

Twas the nightshift before Christmas by Adam Kay

Genre: Memoir, Non-fiction

Bug Rating: 4/5

Overall: I love the humour and emotion that Kay manages to portray in every single page – he never sugar coats a story! Most of the book is laugh out loud funny, but there is an odd, incredibly sad tale that will leave you feeling like you have been punched in the gut, reaching for the tissues and balling your eyes out for the entire chapter. It’s amazingly clever how Kay manages to take us on a rollercoaster ride of emotions throughout this short book – it seriously wasn’t long enough! Just as I was getting absorbed into it, it was over! I really hope Kay will release another book, in the very near future.

Would you believe there’s a medical term specifically and exclusively for a mass of undigested sharon fruit in an intestine? No wonder medical school takes so long, learning all this shit.


Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas is the hilarious, poignant and entertaining story of the life of a junior doctor at the most challenging time of the year. 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.

Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas will be fully illustrated (as tastefully as possible) and will delight all of Adam’s fans throughout the festive period of Christmas 2019 and for many years to come. 

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