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Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay

January 16, 2020
Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay

I couldn't read this in public. I was howling with laughter on virtually every page. The way Adam Kay describes the situations he's been in is unlike anything I've ever read. The dry, witty humour suited this kind of book perfectly. I haven't yet read the first book of his but it's jumped up my TBR pile now. I'd decided to pick this up as 'Christmassy' book over the holidays and it was perfect. It made me giggle but it also made me appreciate how precious that time of year is. There are so many people who don't get to spend time with their families either because they're working, like Adam had been, or perhaps because they're in the hospital. They're the superheroes.

There was one particular chapter that was harrowing but I'm glad I read it. It was regarding an abortion. The patient was faced with the impossible question of carrying on her pregnancy but would be unlikely to survive it due to a cardiac condition or terminate the pregnancy. She was twenty-one. The delicacy and raw emotion Adam recounted this experience with was, I can't call it lovely because well you just can't, but its evidence of how our medical professionals are cut from a different cloth. I truly appreciated the inclusion of this and also how trigger warnings were present in the novel. I honestly can't think of the words to explain the impact this had. I've been sat here for ages trying to think and I just can't.

I would love to meet Adam kay. When people ask who would you have at your theoretical dinner party he's on the list now.

Read this book.



Name: Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas

Author: Adam Kay

Publisher: Picador

Pages: 143

ISBN: 978-1-5290-1858-5

Rating: 5/5

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Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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