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Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas

By: Adam Kay
Narrated by: Adam Kay
Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
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Summary

The number one Sunday Times best seller.

A surgical-stocking filler from the author of record-breaking million copy best seller 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thank you again Adam.

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