New Adam Kay book, Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas, to be published by Picador

Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas is the hilarious, poignant and entertaining story of the life of a junior doctor at the most challenging time of the year. 

Following the success of This Is Going To Hurt, Picador is excited to announce a new book by bestselling author Adam Kay, Twas The Nightshift before Christmas.

With twenty-five tales of intriguing, shocking and incredible Christmas incidents, the British public will finally appreciate the sacrifices made and the challenges faced by the unsung heroes of the NHS.


Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas will be fully illustrated (as tastefully as possible) and will delight all of Adam’s fans throughout the festive period of Christmas 2019 and for many years to come.


Adam Kay said "Having caused potentially irreparable damage to the high-end nature
of the Picador brand, I see it as something of a challenge to somehow lower the tone even further. I think I've managed to achieve this with Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas, a kind of hideous medical advent calendar. An advent catheter, maybe. And there is no group of people in the world I'd rather share all these bodily fluids with than Francesca Main, Paul Baggaley and Anna Bond."


Adam Kay’s first book, This Is Going To Hurt, has exceeded ¾ million sales and has spent six months at number one in the non-fiction paperback bestseller list.


Twas The Nightshift before Christmas will be published in October 2019.

This is Going to Hurt

by Adam Kay

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn't – about life on and off the hospital ward.