THE 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
Written with great clarity and passion, this is a riveting dispatch from the frontline of medicine. 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 he’s turned his years on the wards into an outstanding memoir. Every chapter delivers shocking, hilarious (if laughter really is the best medicine, Kay might be Britain’s most talented doctor) 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.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Couldn’t put this down
Read it in 24 hours, fantastically addictive. Funny (although dark at times), it’s a fascinating insight into the life of a Junior Doctor.
This book is the perfect depiction of the stressful life of a junior doctor and the emotions related with this profession. I recommend this book to everyone especially to the juniors who are planning to be a doctor in future. This book contains lots of funny incidents that take place in a hospital setup in a regular basis.
Don’t hesitate to buy this book!
I laughed and I cried reading this book. Adam Kay sounds like the type of doctor that the NHS was extremely lucky to have. What a sad loss to the medical profession. I’m actually surprised it took him as long as it did to leave after reading his harrowing account of everyday working conditions and pressures.
I loved the honesty and reality of the book. It made me realise that doctors are just normal people like the rest of us and that humour can be found in the most bizarre situations.
I feel that the important message is transferable to the majority of professions. “If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients”. Also the importance that a little bit of appreciation goes a long way.
I’ve been an avid reader all my life and this is simply a fantastic book that I would highly recommend.