Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas
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 heartb...more
It doesn't compare to the clever, percipient This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Ju ...more
“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.”
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
★ I read the author’s debut while I was studying for my final tests in med school and now I read this while I am officially a doctor! I received the license test results on the same day I received this book so that was definitel ...more
Having listened to the audiobook for Kay’s amazing account of life as a junior doctor, This Is Going To Hurt, earlier in the year, I was very much excited to read this little festive book in the run-up to Christmas.
Kay is simply hilarious. He perfectly combines his sense of humour with his compassionate side as he recounts the different Christmasses he has spent working in h ...more
Just like the previous book, their were plenty of squeamish and odd antidotes explained in a brilliant humours way.
But more importantly it yet again highlights the amazing jobs those working in our NHS do and such never be taken for granted. ...more
You know when a music artist has a really successful album and the producers decide it is a great idea to re-release it at Christmas time, except with a few extra tracks added in? And, being a massive fan, you feel obliged to purchase it because you like the artist’s music and you have that small doubt that maybe, just maybe, it won’t appear on the next full album? Well, this is the same thing, just in literary format. You f ...more
As the author himself states:
”In my first book, This is Going to Hurt, the most common reasons for entries being omitted included ‘too disgusting’ or ‘too Christmassy’. Here I make amends for both.
And because this was just a ...more
So when I found out that he was releasing another book this year, I immediately pre-ordered it and have been looki ...more
A quick, enjoyable read, and even more relatable now that I've started working as a doctor myself. Adam Kay is definitely a talented writer and I'm looking forward to reading more of his books, whether about medicine or anything else. Also, could someone please stop slashing the health care budget?? ...more
Adam Kay narrating makes this hilariously entertaining and think it's worth listening to it on audio ...more
When this came through the door, firstly i was so let down by how small it was!, it's more of a 'gift book' and something you would just buy for someones stocking or something like that, it is nowhere near the size of the first book, i read this ...more
I highly recommend this to everyone (as long as you have a strong stomach), especially to those in the medical industry.
My mum doesn't laugh much (she's one of those stereotypical, incredibly stern Matrons), but after reciting some of Adams stories from the book, she was laughing so hard she was on the verge of tears! That alone was enough to give this gem of a ...more
Review to come, once I finish this horrible essay. Seriously, no one tells you that once you get a good grade, you have to work twice as hard to make sure your work will be up to the standard you've set. Also Ethics, I have to find the energy to study for Ethics.
Although, let's be real, failing Ethics would be hilarious and would hurt my ego just th ...more
“I hang up my stocking. I lay down to sleep
Then shout ‘fucking hell’ at the sound of my bleep”
Loved this festive account of Adam Kay’s time working as a junior doctor over the Christmas period. It was hilarious and at times, heartbreaking. Overworked, underpaid and unappreciated by management, politicians and patients alike, I am in awe of our NHS frontline workforce.
It never ceases to amaze me, what patients get up to behind closed doors, often with mortifying consequences. From pea ...more
Come rescue me now 'cos I'm covered in vomit.
If you enjoyed Kay's memoir This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor, then you'll enjoy this short, Christmas-themed follow-up, offering more of the same but with a festive twist. Reckon there's any chance that a single, Jewish registrar is going to score days off for the Christmas rota? Not a chance! And lucky for us, otherwise we wouldn't get to see the silly season through Kay's ey ...more
I absolutely loved the first book. It gave a glimpse into the unbelievable lives of the NHS staff in England and Adam Kay obviously has a gift for humor and writing.
Both books are a little bittersweet. There is a lot of dark humor in there but also some heartbreaking events.
I absolutely recommend that everyone reads the first book. It gives a whole new perspective on what hospital personnel deal with day in and day out.
I almost never ...more
This book was funny and sad, informative and telling you stories it’s not sure you ever wanted to know. It comes from such an interesting and unique perspective, it’s hard not to listen what Kay has to say.
I’m definitely picking up his first book.
Just like this is going to hurt, it was an absolutely Brilliant eye opening look at working in the NHS at Christmas.
From heartbreaking to painfully funny stories, this masterpiece is a perfect stocking filler for everyone and anyone this Christmas
Although, maybe not for the faint hearted given the strong language and graphic descriptions of birth and th ...more
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