The multi-million copy bestseller
Book of the Year at The National Book Awards
‘Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable.' - Stephen Fry
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.
Sunday Times Number One Bestseller for over eight months and winner of a record FOUR National Book Awards: Book of the Year, Non-Fiction Book of the Year, New Writer of the Year and Zoe Ball Book Club Book of the Year.
This edition includes extra diary entries and a new afterword by the author.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If laughter really is the best medicine, Adam Kay might be Britain’s most talented doctor. The former obstetrician and gynaecologist has turned his years on the wards into a hilarious memoir. Now a successful stand-up, Kay delivers his own words with excellent comic timing and vivid passion. His story shines a light on the boundless peculiarities of the British public via their complaints and ailments, and offers unvarnished insight into the lives of overworked medical professionals. Kay’s warm, confessional narration only makes the book’s shocking conclusion all the more heart-wrenching.
Read this book twice off the bounce. Great sense of humour along with an amazing story. One of the best books I have read. A great insight into a job I already had a large respect for. Thanks to all the caring NHS workers out there.
This is going to hurt
Love this book as a NHS worker I could really relate to this book well written with some funny parts too to lift the spirits would highly recommend.
Fascinating and funny
I found Adam’s account of being a doctor in the NHS fascinating. At times evoking feelings of frustration, upset and even rage at a system in turmoil. But equally peppered with very funny stories and uplifting insights. Left me with a real respect of junior doctors and a burning desire to fight for the NHS... even though it requires so much change.