I had previously laughed all the way through this ex-doctor’s first book ‘This is Going to Hurt‘, and so when I saw ‘Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas‘ I just had to buy it!


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.

My 5 Star Review:

Oh dear, this man is so funny! An ex-doctor and now an author and comedian, Adam Kay writes in his usual world-weary, witty way about working busy night shifts just before Christmas, when hospital workers try to be the jolly selves they think they ought to be at that time of year whilst dealing with staff shortages and an increasing number of patients.

Amongst the laughter in this book there is also the chapter that Dr Kay could not include in his first book because it is so heart-breaking. Even now 10 years’ later he is obviously still traumatised by what he went through.

I bought this book on the strength of his first book, and I wasn’t disappointed. His type of humour is right up my street. I have my own funny stories from working on a hospital ward, but Mr Kay’s stories beat mine hands down!