Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay Book Review

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Title: Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas
Author: Adam Kay
Pages: 144
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: October 17th 2019
Genre: non-fiction

About the book
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.

If you read my review on Kay's first book, This is Going to Hurt, then you'll know that I absolutely loved that book; it had me hooked from the first couple of pages and it made me laugh out loud as well as break my heart. Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas absolutely exceeded my expectations and dare I say it, I think I loved it even more than This is Going to Hurt because it was everything the first book was, but it has Christmas in it!

I love the way Kay writes and Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas was written in the exact same format at the previous book; short diary entries that means you can put the book down and pick it back up again whenever you want, so if you're strapped for time, then this is one you can pick up even if you only have a spare 5 or 10 minutes here and there.

I felt every emotion when reading this book and as I said in my previous review, laughter is definitely the best kind of learning and this is book is both hilarious and heartbreaking and - despite the book being very short - it definitely took you on a rollercoaster of emotions and it was done so extremely well. Kay incorporates both humour and humanity as he recounts the six different Christmasses he worked throughout his career in the NHS and he details the pressure and the tension NHS staff are under even around Christmas time and it makes me incredibly sad to read about the way NHS staff are treated.

I love how much Kay cares about his time spent working in the NHS and the last chapter from Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas was so wholesome. This book really does reinforce how much we should appreciate the NHS and the staff who give up their Christmasses with their families in order to be there for us when we need them because as Kay says, the NHS doesn't suddenly take a break because it's Christmas.

I flew through this book in a couple of hours and my only complaint is that the book wasn't longer as I'm fully invested in Kay's stories. Don't get me wrong, I understand that there is only so much Christmas related content Kay can give us, but because the book was so short and I got through it so quickly, it left me wanting more and I hope that there is more to come from Kay.

Verdict: ★★★★★

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