Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas

Adam Kay

This is the follow up to Adam Kay’s “This is going to hurt” – his very (very) funny memoir about his time as a Junior Doctor. If you are one of the three people in the world and their cat who haven’t read the first book it is – to use the phrase – frank and funny – and I defy anyone reading it not to laugh out loud. There’s plenty of detail around people’s personal bits and pieces (his speciality was obstetrics) and it’s certainly an eye opener, especially about the kind of pressures that Junior Doctors work under every single day.

This book is the Christmas follow-up/cash-in (delete according to your mood and level of cynicism). It definitely suffers from the law of diminishing returns and it is a teeny-tiny bijou thing. However, it is really funny most of the time (there’s a joke about an anesthetist’s Christmas badge that I have been retelling myself all week and it is still making me laugh – I don’t get out much). Be warned though, as usual parts of it are devastating including one particular account about a late abortion.

Kay isn’t a doctor anymore; he says he couldn’t hack it but his books are a tribute to the NHS and an appeal to get it sorted out both for the patients and the staff – ASAP.

Moving Housegate (1)

AP I think I’m more or less ready to move. I think most things are done.

Me Really?

AP Yes. What else needs doing?

Me Well, arranging the removal van, sort water, electricity, phone, TV, painting your new flat, cleaning carpets, emptying old flat, cleaning old flat, Power of Attorney and, of course, PACKING!

AP I’ve sorted that. Well a lot of it.

Me How?

AP I’ve given all my trousers away

Me What?

AP I decided I didn’t suit them. I gave them all to (names random woman). She was really pleased.

Me I bet she was! Are you sure about the leggings thing?

AP (Very firmly now) I am! They are slimming.

Me (Gives in gracefully, being fully aware of when I am beaten and trying desperately to banish mental picture of Max Wall and Mrs Overall)



  1. November 29, 2019 / 9:12 am

    If it weren’t so personal to you I think a book written around the AP tales would be funnier than Adam Kays.
    So glad the decluttering is going well….she is obvilusly very focussed……

    • lesleyps91
      December 5, 2019 / 8:57 pm

      That’s very generous of you to say so 🙂

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