Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas - Adam Kay
Reading Challenge Category: Just wanted to read
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.
I don’t really get chance to read new releases these days unless I have been lucky enough to get them on NetGalley or Booksprout. However, as far as I know, this one was never on either, so I just knew I’d have to find time amongst my commitments to get this read. It wasn’t a hardship; it was a hilarious addition to my reading amongst the Psychological Thrillers I’ve been reading lately. This was as funny if not even funnier than the last one. I had many involuntary laugh out loud moments much to the annoyance of my husband, Morgan. He had to leave the room at one point as I was driving him mad laughing and gasping every five seconds. I told him it was his own fault for not having read it, he’d understand then! The description of a typical Christmas and what we put ourselves through for it were just spot on and insightful. The craziness people get up to that land them in the hospital were just as demented and crazy as in his first book. However, with it being Christmas it gave the situations that little bit more gravity. I’m sure everyone that doesn’t work in the profession doesn’t really give two thoughts to everyone having to work over the Christmas period, yet we would still expect them to be there if we needed them, and they are. They are all deserving of praise and thanks. I liked his suggestion at the end to send a card to any medical staff we may have dealt with throughout the year. I’m certainly going to take his advice and send one to my gynaecologist who has been an absolute superstar for me this year and last. Amongst the hilarity of this book, there are some more sombre events that really make you stop and think. They are handled with such delicacy, Adam Kay really is a brilliant writer (and comedian). I’m not sure if he is going to be bringing out any more books, I’m sure his diary entries and anecdotes will run out at some point, but I really hope he manages to dredge up a few more for our entertainment as they are utterly brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed this book just as I expected I would after the success of his first book. He has taken the world by storm and reminded us that we owe our lives (literally) to the people that sacrifice everything to be there for us.