A collection of anecdotes set in a London obstetrics ward, specifically around the festive period. It is written by a former junior doctor and shows the type of cases he had to come up against.
Some of the stories last a page or two and explain the the usual and unusual processes of a busy working hospital. Other parts a little more than a couple of sentences. It is organised in a diary format with dates ranging from the beginning of December (when festivities traditionally start) to five years later when he no longer works at Christmas as a doctor.
The short book is definitely aimed at the humour section, and the collection of stories are of the funny or absurd with two or three exceptions. These are harrowing but serve to keep the perspective of what a doctor faces. It's not an easy job and working Christmas day is not the worst thing a doctor has to deal with.
Sometimes the humour aspect strains as Kay grapples for the funniest similes, but overall this is a lighthearted look at the medical profession at Christmas time and well worth a read. Its short length means anyone can fit it in between shopping sprees or peeling the masses of potatoes required for the festivity fun.
Published by Picador on 17 October 2019.
Best selling Psychological Fiction this week
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Reviews by Year of Publication
All 1844 1866 1889 1897 1932 1935 1942 1946 1950 1951 1953 1954 1960 1962 1969 1971 1974 1977 1978 1983 1984 1985 1989 1991 1994 1995 1996 1997 2000 2001 2002 2003 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022