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Publisher's Summary

The number one Sunday Times best seller.

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas is a short gift book of festive diaries from the author of multi-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. 

©2019 Adam Kay (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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An entertaining piece but not value for money

Another entertaining piece by Adam Kay but disappointingly short for the price of a credit. Compared to his first authorial outing, it was a little light on the content as well, lacking the laughs as well as the poignancy.

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Adam Kay you have done it again

I loved Kay’s first book and I couldn’t wait to listen to this one. I love his honesty about the profession. You are one funny man 😊

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swearing and honesty. great read

Honesty with a mix of funny, WTF moments and sad experiences. A snapshot to the unseen world of Xmas within the health sector... with a twist

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Funny as always.

Yet another example of how tragic and amazing working a healthcare professional is. He says what many can't say and shares the inner workings of what it's like to work in healthcare.

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Not long enough to be engaging.

Not long enough to be engaging, I enjoyed the last book but I think this is worth an exchange. Disappointing.

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Brutally honest, funny and poignant.

Brutally honest and funny. As a healthcare professional I appreciate the poignant yet relatable moments and helps me feel less alone! Easy to listen to and highly enjoyable light read.

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Adam delivers another healthy book!

Adam once again has put out an excellent book, based off his experiences as a Doctor!
Hilarious, sad and extremely relatable.

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Awesome book!

Totally loved it. Adam tells it like it is! His humor is awesome . Well done!

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A few key funny parts, and one sad bit

I liked the book, although I preferred the first one more. This one kept referring to the first book at least four times as if it was trying to grab the success back.

There was a few great lol moments in this book, but it was mostly reminiscing about what was with a bleak Christmas message at the end.

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  • Mandy Sue
  • 12-08-2022

Hilarious and heartbreaking

Adam Kay is a marvelous humorist with a wicked sense of humor. Some of his stories are lovely and some are disgusting, but they are all funny. Clearly, he loves medicine and the British National Health Service.

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  • andrea hetzler
  • 09-07-2022

Wow

I know this book only deals with cases he remembers… but makes me happy for our (US) healthcare. The references to God- should have left out - I get that it’s your book and your story… but is off putting. As a medical professional I enjoyed the story. Glad you decided to write while medicine was in your family- it really sounded like it was not in your heart. But I bought both books!

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  • Cullen
  • 05-01-2022

Delightful

Charming read about the poor souls in NHS working over the Christmas holidays. Spicy language, hilarious medical situations and so British. A true find. Problem was it was too short!

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  • Nichol Isobe
  • 30-05-2021

There is no hope without loss

A funny, sad, joyful, frustrating (i.e. HUMAN) romp through the Christmases most of us will never have to endure or hope to enjoy. Yet another glimpse of human experiences that are at once foreign and universal. Throughly enjoyable.

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  • Kim
  • 02-04-2021

Sooooo Negative !!!

I don’t know what I was thinking!! Is this guy ever happy! Happy it’s over!

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  • April
  • 17-11-2019

Thank you again Adam.

Adam Kay's books always manage to reaffirm my faith in humanity somehow. Moved to tears.

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  • Gemma
  • 17-10-2019

Bloody loved it!

Absolutely loved ‘This is Going to Hurt’ and wondered if a second book could live up to it ... but it really did. I loved it. An emotional rollercoaster that was so thoughtfully, addictively (couldn’t stop listening) and humorously written. Adam Kay is an all round genius. Thank you to all the NHS staff working around Christmas.

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  • K. J. Kelly
  • 19-10-2019

Extra tales from Kay with a festive flavour

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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  • Sharon Fisher
  • 18-10-2019

great book even if it's only half a pint, not full

I loved the first book, this ones great but feeling somewhat shortchanged as it's only half the length of the first book read on audible.

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  • Linzipiefinger
  • 19-10-2019

Love love love it

Adam Kay is a loss to the NHS, however he is an immense writer and this book does not disappoint.
Who knew that Mars bar wrappers were contraception......
I look forward to his next literary offering 😂

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-10-2019

Hes done it again !

I loved the 1st book and enjoyed this just as much... the stories are hilarious and it really does make you think about how hard the NHS all work over Christmas... cant wait for the tv series !

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  • Benedict westoby
  • 17-10-2019

Funny as (I’ll let you guess what)

Amazing, funny, laugh out loud! Definitely worth a listen or read. Now I feel very festive.

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  • Cath W
  • 20-10-2019

Relatable and Funny

If you work in the NHS you will definitely relate to some of these tales and laugh out loud.

A short but enjoyable listen.

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  • Elen
  • 17-10-2019

shame

first book was fantastic, loved it and was so excited for this to come out. so disappointed how short it was. not worth 1 audible credit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-10-2019

Another great book

The third Adam Kay book I’ve listened to. Really enjoyed it. I’d recommend it to everyone; whether you’re an NHS professional or not.

Adam - Keep up the good work.

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  • lucy Frame
  • 19-10-2019

As funny as the first

Great story teller. Humane and humble. Sorry the NHS lost him but get why.
Thank you for telling your story.

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