Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay audiobook review – festivities on the NHS frontline

The doctor turned comic writer’s seasonal hospital tales range from hilarious mishaps to heart-breakers

Stories from the NHS frontline don’t make for obviously festive listening, especially given the current state of Britain’s hospitals. But make an exception for Adam Kay, a former doctor of obstetrics and gynaecology, as his stories are quite the ride.

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas is the seasonal follow-up to This Is Going to Hurt, Kay’s megaselling debut that cemented his status as a comic writer par excellence and thorn in the side of the Department of Health. Spanning 2004 to 2010, it features diarised dispatches from the sharp end of healthcare over the festive period.

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