Audiobook Review: Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas
by Adam Kay

Publication date: October 17th 2019
Publisher: Picador (first published October 15th 2019)


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.

Source: Goodreads


I read Adam Kay‘s first book and bestseller “This is Going to Hurt” last January and have been meaning to get my hands on a copy of “Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas” for a while.

“Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas” is a short but sweet collection of stories from Kay’s time working in the NHS, mostly focused around Christmas time.

“The NHS front line sadly doesn’t get invited to Christ’s all-you-can-eat birthday shindig. For medical personnel the world over, Christmas is just another day.”

Just like his first book, this is full of heartwarming and heartbreaking moments, but it’s also full of humour too. Adam Kay has a great writing style that makes it feel like you’re having a conversation and sharing stories over a (festive) drink or two.

Unfortunately though, I don’t think that this little book can possibly live up to Kay’s longer work. I listened to it in audiobook format and it was only a couple of hours entertainment. It felt more like a series of anecdotes that had been cobbled together just because the events happened in December, rather than a more considered collection. As a result this was just an okay read for me. I’d probably still recommend it if you enjoyed “This is Going to Hurt” but I don’t think it will blow you away in quite the same way.

“At least I had an excuse not to spend time with my family.” 

Overall rating: “Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas” is a quick collection of anecdotes from Adam Kay‘s time working for the NHS. It’s a nice read that you’ll likely enjoy, but it doesn’t have the same impact as his previous book. 3 stars from me!

See my other reviews of books by Adam Kay here:

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