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 heartbreaking peek behind the blue curtain at Christmastime.
Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas is a love letter to all those who spend their festive season on the front line, removing babies and baubles from the various places they get stuck, at the most wonderful time of the year.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
“For medical personnel the world over, Christmas is just another day,” writes Adam Kay. However, as anyone who read the former doctor’s first book—This is Going to Hurt—knows, there’s nothing so mundane as “just another day” on the frontline of medicine. Sure enough, this collection of stories from his festive seasons spent on the wards reveals the extraordinary realities of working for the NHS. Kay retains his warm and witty bedside manner as he recounts tales of coded messages left in hospitals for visiting politicians, the alarming effects of a penis-enlargement cream and the chaos caused by bringing an air freshener into a delivery room. Those laughs only make the heartbreaking moments more powerful. One entry from 2006 is particularly devastating to read—but a necessary reminder of the trials endured by staff and patients alike.
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Laugh Out Loud Funny
Laughed my way through a whole plane journey reading this, so so funny but also very relatable.
Pre-Christmas must read
Heartwarming and laugh out loud in parts! This book in hand in front of the fire is a great way to kick off the winter season!
I’m only half way through the book and can’t recommend enough! It’s absolutely hilarious! As someone in the nhs it really does make me giggle.