The Sunday Times bestseller and winner of the National Book Awards Book of the Year 2018
"Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable." Stephen Fry
Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave goodbye to your friends and relationships . . .
Welcome to the life of a junior doctor.
Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former junior doctor 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 by turns, these diaries are everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward. And yes, it may leave a scar.
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS POPULAR NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 (UK)
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR 2018 (UK)
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS BOOK CLUB BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 (UK)
PRAISE FOR THIS IS GOING TO HURT
"Stayed up half the night laughing out loud over painfully smart, honest doctor diaries'" Emma Donoghue, author of Room
"A funny, excoriatingly revealing, beautiful book." Dawn French
"As hilarious as it is heartbreaking - and it IS heartbreaking (also hilarious)" Charlie Brooker creator of Black Mirror
"Uniquely funny and unexpectedly heartbreaking" Adam Hills, Australian comedian and host of The Last Leg
"A blisteringly funny account shot through with harrowing detail, many pertinent truths and the humanity we all hope doctors conceal behind their unflappable exteriors." Jo Brand
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Comedian Adam Kay was an obstetrician and gynaecologist for six years before resigning in 2010. “My parents still haven’t forgiven me,” he notes in the opening paragraph. They surely will now because Kay has turned his years on the wards into an outstanding memoir. Every chapter delivers shocking, hilarious or heart-breaking revelations about the job, from the terrifying demands placed on newly-qualified medics to the bizarre ailments and incidents that send people to the emergency room. Written with great clarity and passion, this is a riveting dispatch from the frontline of medicine.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Heartwarming, honest and hilarious
Beautifully written, raw and honest, with plenty of humour. I read all the footnotes.
Fantastically accurate depiction of medical life
Thoroughly enjoyed. Painfully understood. Adam Kay writes a scathing truth on the pitfalls of being a junior doc, but more importantly on the inhumane treatment one must endure to follow their passion.
Laughed, cried, very easy reading!