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Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas
Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas: Festive diaries from the million copy bestselling author of This is Going to Hurt | Adam Kay
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From the author of record-breaking million copy bestseller and 2018 Book of the Year, 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 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.
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kaysworld1
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This book was so hilarious and the guy didn't hold back.
I hope his relationship lasted!
I totally recommend this book everyone.

#readingmyownbooks #reading #reallife

Emilymdxn I love this one! 1w
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kaysworld1
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Omg this book is hilarious I have laughed out loud so much, don't read it in public!!

@squirrelbrain Thank you so much I needed that laugh 😆

#readingmyownbooks #reading #greatbooks #reallife 🤙

squirrelbrain Glad you enjoyed it! 👍😁 1w
Deifio Oh but I think it's nice when people read a book and have to laugh! Makes me want to ask what they're reading, but am always afraid I'll disturb their reading flow and enjoyment of the book 🙈😅 1w
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Connster
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I‘ve just finished reading this one, which was my Secret Santa gift this year. A really great, but short, read. Would recommend!

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Apinlibraryland
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Merry Christmas, everyone!

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kaysworld1
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Thank you Helen 🥰 you truly made me feel so loved and thought about on my birthday.
P.s the bookmark is personalized I nearly cried 🥰

@squirrelbrain ❤️
#birthdaypresents #bookfriends 🎁

squirrelbrain Glad you like the gifts! (My Mum made the bookmark). Hope you had a lovely birthday 😘 4w
kaysworld1 @squirrelbrain I love it send my thanks to your mother your both amazing 😊 4w
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clairerwade
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The NHS are amazing.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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As a junior doctor, Adam Kay has worked for six consecutive Christmas Day shifts in a hospital. Here is his diary entries..what he observed about his patients and some insights to hospitals in England (NHS). Some amusing stories (I chuckled), a couple of sad ones. I like his message at the end, asking us to show appreciation to NHS staff who have to work on holidays.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 1mo
CarolynM Lovely review. I nearly bought this the other day, then I decided I should read This Is Going To Hurt first. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I haven‘t read that, @CarolynM heard it‘s better than this. I may have to seek that out. 😊 1mo
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Curvybookgirl
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Great festive follow up to his debut bestseller and a real laugh especially if you work in the NHS

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veritysalter
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A funny collection of diary entries from a doctor doomed to always work over Christmas. #WinterGames #MerryReaders #HolidayRead

Crazeedi I'm going to read this one!! 1mo
Clwojick Oh! I need to read this! 21 pt 1mo
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arlenefinnigan
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This is brilliant, I enjoyed it so much. A lot of it is hilarious and is perfect if you're a medical geek and/or have a dark/sick sense of humour. There's a lot of real warmth too, with some heartbreaking stories told with genuine sensitivity and empathy. Highly recommended.

Megabooks Totally agree! Great review! 1mo
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arlenefinnigan
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Cinfhen I‘ve heard it‘s great 2mo
Cinfhen How are you feeling??? 2mo
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen didn't sleep well last night. Late start in work means late finish means cleaning my house late at night 😞 thank you for asking xxx 2mo
Reviewsbylola I can‘t wait to read this one! 2mo
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Megabooks
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We figured out a way to make our family recipe from-scratch cake gluten-free, so that with homemade caramel frosting

The tagged book is the first I‘ve red in awhile, and I really liked it.

Henry 🐩 14 years of companionship last week!, my parents, my neurosurgeon and his staff, my bff and several other friend, and last but definitely not least Litsy and the wonderful friends I‘ve made here!! Love y‘all!! ❤️📚❤️😘

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs We love you too 😍🥰😘 2mo
wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! 😘 2mo
sudi Awww 💖, thanks for the tag😘. Sending you lots of love 💕💕💕 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sending lots of love!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
DaveGreen7777 Thank you for the tag! 😊 🏷 2mo
Megabooks @Eggs thank you friend!! 💕💕💕😘😘 2mo
Megabooks @wanderinglynn have a happy thanksgiving!! 😘 2mo
Megabooks @sudi Sending love right back!! 💕💜💕 2mo
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you misty!! Happy thanksgiving!🦃😘 2mo
Megabooks @DaveGreen7777 hope you have a great thanksgiving!! 👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Megabooks you too!! 🧡🧡 2mo
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Libby1
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I enjoyed these short glimpses of life as a doctor working over the Christmas holidays. The NHS in the UK is one of the most magnificent ideas in the world. As an American living in the UK, I am grateful to live in a place that at least tries to put ideas of social justice in action. This book is funny & heartwarming & sad - & very human. Human institutions are always flawed, but I‘m thankful for the humour & heart behind these stories.

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Libby1
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“And then there‘s the heart-wrenching stuff. The middle-class pastime of Christmas Eve granny-dumping - bringing one‘s elderly or infirm relatives into hospital with some vague, fabricated medical complaint, so the dumpers can dedicate the next few days to solid partying, unfettered by caring for their parents.”

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#NFNov

Bookwormjillk What? That‘s terrible! 2mo
Libby1 @Bookwormjillk - I know. I can‘t fathom it. 2mo
MoniqueReads305 As someone that works in a hospital I have seen this. In fact one of my coworkers call Friday "Old People's Drop off Day". Holidays are worse. 2mo
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charl08 Yikes. 2mo
jillrhudy The heck? Some people have no shame.
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rwmg 🤯😱😭 2mo
batsy Damn 😡 2mo
Pogue @MoniqueReads305 I too have seen it when I worked in hospitals. I think so many people do not realize what happens in hospitals. . 2mo
youneverarrived People actually do this? 😧 2mo
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Megabooks
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This would make a fantastic holiday gift to any medical professional! We can all relate to working or being on call during the holidays. Plus Adam is very funny! It‘s nice and concise, too.

Do consider sending a doctor/vet/dentist you‘ve used a lot a gift/card if you are able. They are VERY appreciated!! My neurosurgeon and GP‘s offices are getting gifts this year.

Megabooks And I just thought of my pharmacist! I use a small local pharmacy, and I‘m going to get them some stollen or muffins from a local bakery. 2mo
Eggs What a lovely idea!! And now I want to read this book 📖! 2mo
Megabooks @Eggs It‘s really fun! I hope you enjoy it 😊👍🏻 2mo
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plemmdog I usually volunteer to work on Christmas. My partner and I don‘t have kids and it truly keeps me grounded and full of gratitude. Plus our volunteers make sure Santa always comes to the hospital for the families stuck there with their children. 2mo
Megabooks @plemmdog I‘d always volunteer to be on call because my parents could travel to be with me and our big family celebration is the weekend after Christmas, which is more medical friendly! 👍🏻👍🏻 I don‘t have kids, too. 2mo
Crazeedi I'm adding this to my tbr!! 2mo
Megabooks @Crazeedi I think you‘ll like it! 2mo
Crazeedi @Megabooks we just found out our little local pharmacy is closing!! Weve used it for 20 plus years because it's not a big chain. We are devastated, and the people there were too 2mo
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Megabooks
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1. No recent selfies, but I took one of Henry recently, and my friend Jenny just got an 8 month old pup, Ziggy!

2. “I insert an (advent) catheter, admit him to the ward, and resist the temptation to text 30 people.” (Tagged book. Really crazy story from previous page!)

3. Was sunny and cold, now dark and cold!

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday (sorry I‘m so late!!)

Eggs You‘re not late! There is no late-I love reading all the posts, no matter when they come! Those dogs 🐕 are adorable🐶 2mo
Megabooks @Eggs Thanks so much! I was really happy Jenny and her family were able to find a dog. They put down her 17 year old boxer(!) that she had gotten the year after college. They‘ve had Ziggy for two weeks and he seems to be a great fit, and that makes me really happy! And of course I love my 17 year old Henry. I got him from the shelter 14 years ago this week!! 😊❤️💙🐩 2mo
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Megabooks
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Guess what came in the mail today?? Cute small hardcover based on @Emilymdxn ‘s review!

Pulled this image from google because I‘m tired, but my doctor upped my meds and I‘m already feeling a bit better. 😁👍🏻

Many thanks for all the continued support. 💕💕 I‘m looking forward to seeing how the NHS differs from US hospitals. 🏩

Coleen_Nieto @Megabooks I just finished this one. I thought it was great. 2mo
Caterina Glad the meds are helping! I'm continuing to pray for your recovery! ❤️ 2mo
Megabooks @Coleen_Nieto Fantastic! I‘m excited as someone who has worked the holidays. 😫 2mo
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Megabooks @Caterina Thank you! I appreciate your prayers! I‘m always happy to see you‘re doing well in seminary here. 😁 2mo
Texreader Good for that doctor! Keep up your spirits. Really appreciate your updates 2mo
Emilymdxn I really hope you like it! Our NHS is in a bit of a state after 9 years of austerity and budget cuts but this is a fantastic book, not alllll doom and gloom. I hope your recovery continues and the meds make a difference, I‘ll be thinking of you 💛💛💛 2mo
Megabooks @Texreader Thank you!! I appreciate your support!! 😊💙 2mo
Megabooks @Emilymdxn I‘m enjoying it so far! Over here, some congressional Republican slipped and admitted their party doesn‘t want Americans to have universal healthcare in any form. With Obamacare, we still paid for health insurance, office visits, etc., but the republicans said, “oh, it won‘t work.” And defunded it before it even had a shot. That left people like me who worked but the employer didn‘t pay for insurance with a big problem. 😡😡 2mo
Megabooks @Emilymdxn I ended up having to find a job where it was included. So many women get health insurance through their spouse. There‘s an assumption of heteronormativity built in. Anyway, probably boring! Thanks for supporting me through my surgery journey!! 💙💙💙 (edited) 2mo
Emilymdxn @megabooks it‘s so awful on both sides of the Atlantic! We‘re so lucky to have the nhs and I hope we get to keep it - though at present it doesn‘t cover eyes or teeth at all (cause those aren‘t important body parts am I right), barely covers mental health (who even needs a working brain) and you get kept waiting for months cause there aren‘t any drs cause the govt scared foreign nationals away with brexit. Woooo 2mo
Megabooks @Emilymdxn eyes and teeth are separate here too!! Some employers provide coverage and some don‘t. Kids are covered often, but sometimes adults aren‘t. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Mental health usually requires preauthorization and has limited visits because what problem can‘t be solved in 10 visits?! My psychiatrist doesn‘t accept any insurance but he has a reasonable half hourly rate that hasn‘t increased in 15 years! 👍🏻 2mo
Crazeedi Hi meg! Glad you're getting some relief! 2mo
Megabooks @Crazeedi Hey! Good to hear from you! As you know, each day is different. Tonight has been hard. I‘m just trying to give myself space to heal. Take it day by day. I watched some of the Jeopardy tournament on the DVR with my parents, which was fun. How have you been? How‘s your husband? 💕 2mo
Crazeedi @Megabooks I'll be sending you a note soon! Been writing as many as I can! 2mo
Bklover I loved his first book! Hope you are still healing well! 2mo
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Debblyliz
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A short book describing Adam Kay‘s various years working on the frontline in the NHS both funny and sad in equal measures. If you have read his first book you will love this one! Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/11/16/twas-the-nightshift-before...

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Coleen_Nieto
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Next up! Annual Autumn book swap selection!

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Emilymdxn
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I wasn‘t sure what to expect as I haven‘t read This Is Going To Hurt but a firm pick! The right mix of respectful in difficult situations (some very painful, but with thoughtful content warnings so I‘d say you can feel safe reading it) and hilarious in light situations. I‘m absolutely going to go read his first book as soon as it‘s available in the library!

Testament to the state our beloved NHS is in at the moment, very important to read about

CourtSmall A particular story and a few other things will make more sense when you read the first book. I work in a hospital in the allied health field and his internal monologue is spot on we all think it but we don't say it. 2mo
Emilymdxn @courtsmall that‘s very good to know! I‘ve reserved the first book in the library but it‘s very popular so could be a while before I actually read it 2mo
Megabooks I just picked this up based on your review! It‘s coming tomorrow. Always love to see what you‘ve been reading. 💙 2mo
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CourtSmall
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61-2019 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Dr Kay is back with some very naughty Christmas themed stories, apparently people save up their really stupid things to do list just for Christmas. It is comedy gold once again, anyone working in the hospital system will appreciate it more than the average person.

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loiserin
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Is it too early to read this?? 🥰🎄

I pre-ordered it after reading This Is Going To Hurt last month and completely forgot about it until it arrived through the door this morning. No-one I know has read it and it's so sad! I'm really hoping this follow up is going to be as funny as TIGTH!

#purposefulplants 🌿

Cosyreader I read this today and loved it! Never too early for Christmas books 😊 3mo
loiserin @Cosyreader I still haven't read it!! But I did see some pictures today of how some people received their copies and it was in a prescription style bag and looked so cool I was so jealous! 3mo
Cosyreader @loiserin haha that sounds really cool! It was a quick read and so so funny - love his writing! 3mo
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