Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas
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.

Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas Details

TitleTwas The Nightshift Before Christmas
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 1st, 2019
PublisherPicador
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Health, Medicine, Autobiography, Memoir, Medical

Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas Review

  • Jessica Rose
    January 1, 1970
    I am SO glad Adam is writing a new book!This Is Going to Hurt was truly hilarious and I wasn't ready for the stories to end.This will be the perfect Christmas read and I just can't wait.
  • Jodie (whatjodiereads)
    January 1, 1970
    The only complaint I have about this book is that it wasn’t long enough! I love Adam Kay’s writing and I love reading about his time as a doctor. I felt every emotion whilst reading this book - and I loved it! It was hilarious but also heartbreaking at times. It also makes me angry for the way NHS staff are treated, and it really shows what amazing people they are. I really wish that this book was longer as I was really enjoying reading it. It took me only 2 hours! I recommend this one to everyo The only complaint I have about this book is that it wasn’t long enough! I love Adam Kay’s writing and I love reading about his time as a doctor. I felt every emotion whilst reading this book - and I loved it! It was hilarious but also heartbreaking at times. It also makes me angry for the way NHS staff are treated, and it really shows what amazing people they are. I really wish that this book was longer as I was really enjoying reading it. It took me only 2 hours! I recommend this one to everyone - it’s a very interesting read. I’m hoping that there’s more to come from Adam Kay!
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    If you’ve read This Is Going to Hurt, the UK’s bestselling nonfiction title of 2018, you’ll know just what to expect from the comedian’s holiday-themed follow-up. It’s raunchy, morbid and laugh-out-loud funny. In the seven years that Kay was a medical doctor, he had to work on Christmas Day six times. He takes us through the holiday seasons of 2004 to 2009, from the sickeningly festive run-up to the letdown of Christmas day and its aftermath. With his Rudolph tie on and his Scrooge spirit intact, he If you’ve read This Is Going to Hurt, the UK’s bestselling nonfiction title of 2018, you’ll know just what to expect from the comedian’s holiday-themed follow-up. It’s raunchy, morbid and laugh-out-loud funny. In the seven years that Kay was a medical doctor, he had to work on Christmas Day six times. He takes us through the holiday seasons of 2004 to 2009, from the sickeningly festive run-up to the letdown of Christmas day and its aftermath. With his Rudolph tie on and his Scrooge spirit intact, he attends to genital oddities, childbirth crises and infertility clients, and feebly tries to keep up his relationships with his family and his partner despite them having about given up on him after so many holiday absences.This will be a stocking-stuffer for many this year, and I can see myself returning to it year after year and flicking through for a laugh. However, there’s one story here that Kay regrets omitting from This Is Going to Hurt as being too upsetting, and he also ends on a serious note, urging readers to spare a thought for those who give up their holidays to keep our hospitals staffed.A favorite passage:“A lot of the reward for this job comes in the form of a warm glow. It doesn’t make you look any less tired, you can’t pay the rent with it, and it’s worth a lot less than the social life you’ve traded it for, but this comforting aura of goodness and purpose definitely throws light into some dark corners and helps you withstand a lot of the shit.”Originally published on my blog, Bookish Beck.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I did love this one it was funny, heartfelt and a brilliant insight into the NHS, it was just far too short. I still standby that his memoirs are the best NHS ones that I’ve read.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    A great little read, with giggles and tears. Will make a brilliant stocking filler this christmas.
  • Leo
    January 1, 1970
    Of course I have to read this book, especially after the hellish week at the hospital I had during the mid-August holidays.
  • Gemma
    January 1, 1970
    This Is Going To Hurt was always going to be an incredibly tough act to follow, but I can honestly say that the only negative I have on Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas is that it was over far too soon – I tore through it in a couple of hours!In this Christmas themed follow up are more brilliant stories told in the same diary format as This Is Going To Hurt – covering the Christmas holiday period from 2004 – 2009 when Kay worked as a junior doctor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a This Is Going To Hurt was always going to be an incredibly tough act to follow, but I can honestly say that the only negative I have on Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas is that it was over far too soon – I tore through it in a couple of hours!In this Christmas themed follow up are more brilliant stories told in the same diary format as This Is Going To Hurt – covering the Christmas holiday period from 2004 – 2009 when Kay worked as a junior doctor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and when the majority of us are sat at home drinking bubbly, eating till we’re fit to burst, and spending time with our loved ones.I could quite honestly just listen and read Kay’s stories all day long. They’re incredibly witty and so easy to read – with any medical jargon or procedures explained in simple terms. But he also knows when to turn it down a notch with the more sensitive moments – which brings me to an extremely detailed entry about a termination that comes with a warning before choosing to read or not due to it’s upsetting and difficult nature. Kay talks about removing this from his first book and I can see why, but at the same time I believe it needs to be there and if you can read it, please do, as it shows the harsh reality of this job.This little book is quite clearly a thank you to the NHS and all the staff working the front line at Christmas time; looking after other peoples families whilst sacrificing their own family time. As someone who has in the past worked Christmas in the NHS and now in health and social care I am all too aware how people just think the world stops for two whole weeks at Christmas when in reality for so many of us it’s just another routine week (or two!).Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas is the perfect stocking filler for yourself or someone you love this Christmas. It’s full of hilarious stories, touching stories and the truly shocking stories (*ahem* objects and orifices…!) It’s the perfect book for dipping in and out of over the festive period when you just need that five minute breather from all the family chaos!Thank you to the publishers for my advanced readers copy.
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  • Danni The Girl
    January 1, 1970
    Really looking forward to this book being released... didn't realise it was going go be such a small book... what can I say? Size matters to me. So this one and is solely focused on diary entries from his Christmas shifts.. that he worked every year whilst in medicine. I think This is going to hurt was just trying to be funny throughout.. the main criticism from this was Kay being insensitive. I didnt think this at all. Moving onto "Twas the nightshift before Christmas" and there is a good eleme Really looking forward to this book being released... didn't realise it was going go be such a small book... what can I say? Size matters to me. So this one and is solely focused on diary entries from his Christmas shifts.. that he worked every year whilst in medicine. I think This is going to hurt was just trying to be funny throughout.. the main criticism from this was Kay being insensitive. I didnt think this at all. Moving onto "Twas the nightshift before Christmas" and there is a good element of funny and realistic situations. This now portrays a more realistic vision of the life of a doctor. It's hard to criticise as this was his life and his work and only he can tell us what it's like and how it felt. I like to live in a bubble of ignorance, so I enjoy all the laughs and jokes and struggle with more serious emotion. Fantastic read. Well done Kay
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  • Kirsty Noah-whitlock
    January 1, 1970
    Review for 'Twas the Nightshift before Christmas' by Adam KayThis book is from the author of 'This is going to hurt' which I thouroughly enjoyed so was over the moon when I discovered he was bringing this book out. This book is much shorter and is based on diary entries he wrote over Christmas shifts that he worked. It was very well written and had every range of diary entries from the gross to everyday, from hilarious to devastating and very emotional, especially one particular case Review for 'Twas the Nightshift before Christmas' by Adam KayThis book is from the author of 'This is going to hurt' which I thouroughly enjoyed so was over the moon when I discovered he was bringing this book out. This book is much shorter and is based on diary entries he wrote over Christmas shifts that he worked. It was very well written and had every range of diary entries from the gross to everyday, from hilarious to devastating and very emotional, especially one particular case. It was quite a short book at less than 150 pages so I read it very quickly but I really enjoyed and its just. A shame that it's highly unlikely there will be any more due to him not working as a doctor anymore. I would highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone and with Christmas around the corner it would make a perfect gift to book lovers. I rated this 5/5 ON Goodreads
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  • Kerry-louise Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Another fantastic instalment from Adam Kay!I have to admit that I thought this was a little bit of a rip off when I first saw the size of it but I have just sat down and read it in one sitting and it had me laughing out loud on multiple occasions so I no longer begrudge the tiny size! I love that in with the humour there are touching stories and reminders that we should take the time to think of others who don’t get to spend Christmas with their loved ones. I also really really hope Another fantastic instalment from Adam Kay!I have to admit that I thought this was a little bit of a rip off when I first saw the size of it but I have just sat down and read it in one sitting and it had me laughing out loud on multiple occasions so I no longer begrudge the tiny size! I love that in with the humour there are touching stories and reminders that we should take the time to think of others who don’t get to spend Christmas with their loved ones. I also really really hope “vaginaphylaxsis” trends as it made me snort tea out of my nose!
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    After reading 'This is going to hurt, I was super excited about this book coming out. I waited patiently for it to arrive on my kindle after pre-ording. This book is much shorter than first one but just as thought provoking, funny and gruesome. I really wished it was longer but it really made me think about all those people that work on Christmas providing services to various patients.
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  • Liz Franklin
    January 1, 1970
    Funny, and poignant and thought provoking and really really respectful of the NHS (and rightfully so) - just too too short! Perfect for a stocking filler for Christmas for anyone who’s read Adam Kay’s first book (This is Going to Hurt), but I can’t help feeling it must have been written in a rush....
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  • Yasmine
    January 1, 1970
    A great little book that’s a nice follow on to ‘This is going to hurt’. I can’t help but wish it could be longer but it seems like most of the material was used in Kay’s first book, and there’s a finite resource of anecdotes to draw from (it is after all, a diary of real events).Nonetheless an enjoyable read with a few laughs here and there.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Very funny and poignantRead it in two sittings, my only complaint, it wasn't long enough, more please. Very funny and real NHS life.
  • Chloe Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    This book is everything I expected it to be and more. Funny, sad and exciting.Adam Kay has a great writing style, hopefully he brings out more amazing books ☺ This book is everything I expected it to be and more. Funny, sad and exciting.Adam Kay has a great writing style, hopefully he brings out more amazing books ☺️
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  • Ruby Nicholls
    January 1, 1970
    Amazingly funny, insightful and heartbreaking.I just wish it was longer!
  • my bookworm life
    January 1, 1970
    Like many people i really loved 'This is going to hurt', it was hilarious, gross and had plenty of heart to it, and was certainly eye opening!. So when i saw that he was bringing out a second book, again , like many i was really looking forward to 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, Like many people i really loved 'This is going to hurt', it was hilarious, gross and had plenty of heart to it, and was certainly eye opening!. So when i saw that he was bringing out a second book, again , like many i was really looking forward to 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 in about 90 mins, and all it left me was disapointed that i didn't have more to read. I was really expecting something twice the size, or even if it had been the same size and length as book one that would have been great! but this was just too short i couldn't really feel that into it to be honest. Also with the general content of the book i felt let down also, with the first book it was full of stories that made me cringe , made me laugh, made me feel sad and every single one really highlighted the stress and demand working at a hospital brought. It was such an interesting read and obviously was very popular with many as it did so very well!. To me, this second book just feels like a quick little money grab, to get those sales and to get back on the charts again, which is such a shame really. Fans of the first book will no doubt buy this one too, and expect more of the same, not just in size but in content, for me it just didn't deliver on either. This book covers his experiences with working Christmas periods, each year has it's own short section divided up into a few different days. The stories included just aren't anywhere as good as the first book, there were a few that made me giggle a little bit, one that is sad but after such a warning for it i didn't feel it was very graphic at all, and a few festive themed mishaps of objects being where they shouldn't etc. Overall all i felt was i wanted more, this wasn't the satisfying second book i hoped for, and i think for it's price it's not worth it. I would recommend getting it on a Kindle deal when it's 99p to be honest. This is a shame, as his first book is one of my favourites from the year that i've read, and i do really love his writing! but for me this just let me down.
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  • Katy Noyes
    January 1, 1970
    Extra tales from Kay with a festive flavour, as laugh-out-loud as ever.Kay mentions in this that some of the stories were intended to be included in 'This is Going to Hurt', and they would have made a perfect 'Christmas' chapter in his first 'behind the NHS curtain' book.This makes a good little stocking filler though, a second glimpse at the perennially exhausting, sometimes hilarious and often heartbreaking life of a doctor.Kay takes us through twenty five s Extra tales from Kay with a festive flavour, as laugh-out-loud as ever.Kay mentions in this that some of the stories were intended to be included in 'This is Going to Hurt', and they would have made a perfect 'Christmas' chapter in his first 'behind the NHS curtain' book.This makes a good little stocking filler though, a second glimpse at the perennially exhausting, sometimes hilarious and often heartbreaking life of a doctor.Kay takes us through twenty five stories from his time in the NHS. I ran a ParkRun while listening to this and ended up snorting with laughter as I ran, it was impossible not to. Then a few minutes later I had a lump in my throat. Not often that such extremes happen so smoothly.The funny stories are right up there with some of the most outrageous and hilarious I've ever heard. Comic gold. And Kay tells them beautifully, a real literary talent.He also makes a very entertaining narrator, reading his own work on the audiobook. It was only 2 hours long, a short read either on paper or to listen to, but it's one I would definitely listen to annually near Christmas, a quick giggle for the season.These stories deserve sharing (and no identities are uncovered, for those embarrassing tales!), there are some here that might affect those in similar situations (regarding IVF, miscarriage, death), and of course Kay reminds us more than once of the hard-working souls who prop up our health service, and how much they give up at this time of year to keep us healthy.Just as entertaining as his first, a slim edition but a great gift idea.With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.
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  • Debbie Ioanna
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited for the release of this book, after enjoying Kay’s first book, ‘This Is Going To Hurt’, however the size of it and the price tag immediately disappointed me. It seemed like a lot of money for such a short book… However, my lovely Mum knew how much I wanted to read it and so ordered it for me as a treat :) With it being such a short book, I finished it within 24 hours, but that is also a sign that I couldn’t put the book down. Absolutely fantastic read. Kay’s wit is something the I was so excited for the release of this book, after enjoying Kay’s first book, ‘This Is Going To Hurt’, however the size of it and the price tag immediately disappointed me. It seemed like a lot of money for such a short book… However, my lovely Mum knew how much I wanted to read it and so ordered it for me as a treat :) With it being such a short book, I finished it within 24 hours, but that is also a sign that I couldn’t put the book down. Absolutely fantastic read. Kay’s wit is something the biggest comedians of the world should be envious of. He can turn a traumatic medical experience into a hilarious situation. I admit, I laughed out loud at the most inappropriate situations. Shameful, I know.This book picks up the missing pieces from the last one. Kay’s six years as a doctor involved six years on the trot working on Christmas Day and not seeing his family, something us non-NHS workers could never imagine. The medical emergencies and scenarios do not disappoint in their hilarity, however be prepared for upsetting reading in parts (there are trigger warnings in case you need to skip past them).It is a shame that Kay’s medical years are behind him and we cannot be treated to this kind of book again, however once you understand his reasons for leaving the role, all you can do is praise him for sticking it out as long as he did and having utmost respect for all emergency NHS workers.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Still good, but nothing on ‘This Is Going To Hurt’.By necessity, this book disrupts the stereotype of a seasonal book. If you pick up a book adorned with Christmas images, you expect something light and fluffy and jovial, which this book is not - although it has its moments!As a result it feels a lot sadder than his previous book. In ‘This Is Going to Hurt’ you open it anticipating disaster and comedy alongside sadness and stress, that is of course the way of the NHS, but despite kno Still good, but nothing on ‘This Is Going To Hurt’.By necessity, this book disrupts the stereotype of a seasonal book. If you pick up a book adorned with Christmas images, you expect something light and fluffy and jovial, which this book is not - although it has its moments!As a result it feels a lot sadder than his previous book. In ‘This Is Going to Hurt’ you open it anticipating disaster and comedy alongside sadness and stress, that is of course the way of the NHS, but despite knowing this, part of you still holds onto the “but surely not at Christmas” notion. Because of this, reading Kay’s new book feels more ‘weighty’. But you should read it. Especially if you enjoyed the first because it includes stories that should have been in the first but were omitted for obvious reasons. But perhaps maybe don’t buy it as a “cheery” Christmas read to coax granny into reading the first book, or maybe do, because the reasons why it doesn’t work in that instance are the exact reasons why it exists as a separate book. The NHS doesn’t transform into a princess over the Christmas season only to turn back into its amazing pumpkin form in the New Year, it is the same day in and day out, and that’s why we love it and should protect it at all costs.
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  • Si
    January 1, 1970
    'Twas the Christmas I had a Urology job. Where bloke after bloke did weird shit to his knob.' Adam Kay has a natural talent, not just as a Junior Doctor as Ive found out after reading 'This is Going to Hurt' and his new book 'Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas'. But also a natural born writer and comedian, being able to switch between the cringe worthy and the heartwarming at the drop of a hat. In The Nightshift Before Christmas we get a look at Kay's Christmas shifts whilst working as Junior 'Twas the Christmas I had a Urology job. Where bloke after bloke did weird shit to his knob.' Adam Kay has a natural talent, not just as a Junior Doctor as Ive found out after reading 'This is Going to Hurt' and his new book 'Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas'. But also a natural born writer and comedian, being able to switch between the cringe worthy and the heartwarming at the drop of a hat. In The Nightshift Before Christmas we get a look at Kay's Christmas shifts whilst working as Junior Doctor. In Britain the NHS is the amongst first things to be slated and utterly taken for advantage by many, myself in the past included. So a first hand look at the conditions that the staff of the NHS have to put themselves through physically and mentally will hopefully be a wake up call to many. There are few books that can make me laugh out loud, but both Adam Kay's book deliver. I often stop my wife and will read out passages between chortling and clutching my chest. So matter of fact and smeared in that typical John Cleese wit, it will have even the hardest of faces cracking. Its not all smiles however, as the stark reality of working in a hospital is shown in full, its a miracle that people are out there that can put up with the strain.
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  • Escape into a Booksite
    January 1, 1970
    *2 Stars* ARC kindly received from Pan MacMillan Australia in exchange for an honest review. I wasn’t a huge fan of this book, but it wasn’t horrible either. I think it was mostly just not my kind of writing style. Adam Kay has filled it with anecdotes from his time working in the hospital over the festive season, over the period of a few years, and some of them were quite interesting. I think I would’ve liked it more, if there was a bit more detail to them, rather than the very small snippets *2 Stars* ARC kindly received from Pan MacMillan Australia in exchange for an honest review. I wasn’t a huge fan of this book, but it wasn’t horrible either. I think it was mostly just not my kind of writing style. Adam Kay has filled it with anecdotes from his time working in the hospital over the festive season, over the period of a few years, and some of them were quite interesting. I think I would’ve liked it more, if there was a bit more detail to them, rather than the very small snippets they tended to be (for the most part).I think other people who work in the same profession would probably like this book. It’s quite a fast read, and easy to read a few of the stories and come back to it later if you chose to.Not my kind of novel in the end, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t for others.Review also on my blog - Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay Follow me on:FacebookTwitterInstagram
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  • Jenny Nguyen
    January 1, 1970
    Adam Kay is back and this time, he brings Christmas bittersweet stories of junior doctor's life with him. Hospitals were still full of patients and uncountable tearful yet hilarious incidents. Scrubs were still full of red blood from patients and from inside each nurse and doctor who gave up precious family time to do their duties. Adam was not very lucky. He spent 6 Christmases 'touring' around different hospitals. Adam revealed how being sarcastic truly helped him survive the intolerable arran Adam Kay is back and this time, he brings Christmas bittersweet stories of junior doctor's life with him. Hospitals were still full of patients and uncountable tearful yet hilarious incidents. Scrubs were still full of red blood from patients and from inside each nurse and doctor who gave up precious family time to do their duties. Adam was not very lucky. He spent 6 Christmases 'touring' around different hospitals. Adam revealed how being sarcastic truly helped him survive the intolerable arrangements of the health services. The health services we normally complain about are the one that save us when we truly need, and that we normally do not know enough to appreciate how much many people leave their selfish material wishes aside to do us all a favour. It's a small book, an addition to the super-hilarious, super-fun first book by Adam Kay but it's no less valuable. I appreciate a bit of kind reminders to us all to show our much-needed and not-costly appreciation to the national health service angels (i mean the doctors and nurses and cleaners..., not the one on the top).
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  • Martha
    January 1, 1970
    A Christmas-themed follow-up to Kay's This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor. It's the same format of diary entries with witty anecdotes from his time as a junior doctor with some laugh-out-loud moments, but it is quite obviously cashing in on the success of its predecessor and wouldn't stand on its own two feet.Readers should be warned that there is a particularly graphic description of the termination of a pregnancy which makes for harrowing reading and there may be many A Christmas-themed follow-up to Kay's This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor. It's the same format of diary entries with witty anecdotes from his time as a junior doctor with some laugh-out-loud moments, but it is quite obviously cashing in on the success of its predecessor and wouldn't stand on its own two feet.Readers should be warned that there is a particularly graphic description of the termination of a pregnancy which makes for harrowing reading and there may be many who would find that very upsetting. Kay does mark it out and instruct the reader which page to turn to if they would prefer not to read it.Overall, it was a bit of fun (with the exception of the above story) and would make a perfect stocking filler.
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  • Jemily Hugh
    January 1, 1970
    Another, more festive, glimpse into life as a doctor working in the NHS, that manages to be both hilarious and heart breaking at the same time. We are guided through 7 Christmas’ that Adam Kay spent working on a labour ward, each as hectic as the last. Many anecdotes made me laugh loudly and obnoxiously into the staff room, one made me cry. Thankfully there was no one else in the room at the time. Absolutely fantastic and definitely worth picking up, whether you’ve read the first one or not. If Another, more festive, glimpse into life as a doctor working in the NHS, that manages to be both hilarious and heart breaking at the same time. We are guided through 7 Christmas’ that Adam Kay spent working on a labour ward, each as hectic as the last. Many anecdotes made me laugh loudly and obnoxiously into the staff room, one made me cry. Thankfully there was no one else in the room at the time. Absolutely fantastic and definitely worth picking up, whether you’ve read the first one or not. If you haven’t read the first one, do that too!The description says there should be pictures... I don’t have any of those but mine is a proof copy that was sent to me for review, So I’ll let that slide. I’m sure they’re amazing though. Merry Christmas everyone! (Even if it’s July when you read this.)
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  • Siobhan
    January 1, 1970
    If you've read the first one, you will already be in familiar territory. It's written in the same way - diary entries by a doctor. Only this time, it's set over the Christmas period. When majority of the population are popping the bubbly and opening presents, Kay reminds us that the huge NHS machine is still grinding away. It's an eye-opener to say the least. One of the stories broke me, there is a warning right before the diary entry, but I still felt I had to read it. That diary entry will for If you've read the first one, you will already be in familiar territory. It's written in the same way - diary entries by a doctor. Only this time, it's set over the Christmas period. When majority of the population are popping the bubbly and opening presents, Kay reminds us that the huge NHS machine is still grinding away. It's an eye-opener to say the least. One of the stories broke me, there is a warning right before the diary entry, but I still felt I had to read it. That diary entry will forever be in my heart. But along with the heartbreaking stories, there are Kays usual, funny anecdotes!An absolute pleasure to read. It's short, a little over 100 pages, so I read it in one sitting (or laying... in the bath...).
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  • Kirstine Clark
    January 1, 1970
    As with 'This is Going to hurt' Adam Kay's accounts from his time as a Doctor over the festive period are just so brutally honest (with some being particularly hard to read but one comes with a warning so readers can avoid if it's too close to home) most of the anecdotes are hilarious though and had me chuckling away at 3am with a snoozing husband beside me! I whizzed through this book over a couple of nights and would throughly recommend to anyone wanting to get a better insight into the extent As with 'This is Going to hurt' Adam Kay's accounts from his time as a Doctor over the festive period are just so brutally honest (with some being particularly hard to read but one comes with a warning so readers can avoid if it's too close to home) most of the anecdotes are hilarious though and had me chuckling away at 3am with a snoozing husband beside me! I whizzed through this book over a couple of nights and would throughly recommend to anyone wanting to get a better insight into the extent of things NHS staff deal with over an otherwise joyous time of year where most other people don't have to worry about working. Well done Adam, another triumph!
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  • Ellie (bookmadbarlow)
    January 1, 1970
    I loved This Is Going To Hurt and I was expecting big things from this next instalment, so I was slightly disappointed that it wasn't longer. I could listen to/read Adam Kay talk about his accounts a Junior Doctor all day.There was still the amusing anecdotes as per the first, but we delve deeper into some of the more harsh realities of life as a Gynaecology doctor. There is a section that comes with a warning and part of me wishes I hadn't read it, but it goes someway into explaining why I loved This Is Going To Hurt and I was expecting big things from this next instalment, so I was slightly disappointed that it wasn't longer. I could listen to/read Adam Kay talk about his accounts a Junior Doctor all day.There was still the amusing anecdotes as per the first, but we delve deeper into some of the more harsh realities of life as a Gynaecology doctor. There is a section that comes with a warning and part of me wishes I hadn't read it, but it goes someway into explaining why Adam Kay needed the light heartedness and jokes.I will of course buy a copy of this when it is out, to sit alongside the first book, who can resist willy jokes?!
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  • Georgina Power
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book, albeit not as much as the first but that's purely as I felt this book was much smaller, and I would of loved another longer read as this only took me a couple of hours tops, but it still opens your eyes to just how much he NHS does, in the 6 years Adam was in the health care profession he worked every single Christmas, a day we take for granted to not work, so thank you for showing us that insight, and I agree with the afterword, people stop doing stupid shit at Christmas as i I loved this book, albeit not as much as the first but that's purely as I felt this book was much smaller, and I would of loved another longer read as this only took me a couple of hours tops, but it still opens your eyes to just how much he NHS does, in the 6 years Adam was in the health care profession he worked every single Christmas, a day we take for granted to not work, so thank you for showing us that insight, and I agree with the afterword, people stop doing stupid shit at Christmas as it just adds pressure to the NHS :)
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  • Mrs Sue Hewick
    January 1, 1970
    Good fun readReally loved this book but it was too short. Adam, you have made me and many others realise that medical staff are human with emotions and feel the same agony or euphoria their patients do. Thank you also for reaffirming that my body parts are no different to anyone else’s and that you are looking at them medically and not sniggering when I leave the room or writing a book about them ........ hang on a minute ..........
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