REVIEW: Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay

In brief: Christmas, working in a hospital. What could possibly happen? The good: Funny, sad and all of the things you expect from Adam Kay. The not-so-good: A fast read. Why I chose it: Thank you to Pan Macmillan for the copy, I love Adam Kay's books. Year: 2019 Pages: 143 Publisher: Picador (Pan Macmillan)... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Angina Monologues: Stories of Surgery for Broken Hearts by Samer Nashef

In brief: The stories, good and bad, of being a cardiac surgeon in one of Britain's top cardiology hospitals. The good: Explained well and with no ego! The not-so-good: Sometimes the outcomes are not what you would expect. Why I chose it: Don't mind a bit of cardiology in my life, thanks Scribe for the... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

In brief: This is Adam's life as a junior doctor. Next to no sleep, unpaid overtime and missing family and friends. The good: It's also quite funny. The not-so-good: The ending is heartbreaking. Why I chose it: Enjoy a medical memoir. Year: 2017 Pages: 279 Publisher: Picador (Pan Macmillan) Setting: Hospitals of England I'm a... Continue Reading →

Rescuing Dawn by Nicole Flockton

In brief: Dawn has cut off the rest of the world after the death of her husband and son. Cocooned in a world of night shifts, she is jolted back to reality when her first love reappears through the doors of the Emergency Department. The good: Liked the Australian setting (felt very homely and familiar),... Continue Reading →

Blossoms and Shadows by Lian Hearn

Ugh. I don’t really know how to say this eloquently but here it is: this book sucked. Dreadfully. It had so much promise – Japan, historical fiction, a strong female character, a beautiful cover…and yet I had to force myself to read it. It was boring, I couldn’t keep track of the characters and it... Continue Reading →

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