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.
Unexpectedly Humanises Doctors
I’ve developed a dislike for doctors over the years . In my mind they were always the bad harsh guys and the nurses were the good . They always said the wrong things and never did what I wanted. ( I was a NHS mental health inpatient for 6 months )
It sounds so stupid but reading this book made me realise doctors are real people just like me with emotions . I Don’t know why I’d dehumanised them In my own mind as perfect wealthy, superior individuals with no problems at all . I guess I’ve never heard any junior doctors talk about there harsh reality. So as you do I just presumed everything was perfect.
Definitely an eye opening book that everyone should give a read.
A moving read, sucked me in and felt as though I was living within the story, I read this in one sitting and it was the first book to bring a tear to my eye in years. Extremely well written and a stunning true telling of a real life story.