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This is Going to Hurt

by Adam Kay

Biography / Autobiography Book Club Recommendations eBooks of the Month Humorous and Funny Books The Real World

LoveReading View on This is Going to Hurt

Interminably long hours being pulled from pillar to post, shifts peppered with horror stories and tears of joy this is the memoir of a sharp-witted storyteller which made me laugh, cry and everything in between. A brilliant book that must be read to really understand the daily battles of our doctors in the NHS.

Deborah Maclaren, from our Best Autobiographies Ever Blog.


This is Going to Hurt Synopsis

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. This edition includes extra diary entries and a new afterword by the author.

This is Going to Hurt Press Reviews

'Kay intersperses horror stories from the NHS front line with blissfully brilliant wordplay' - Daily Mail


'Brilliant' - Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


'A heartening, laugh-out-loud confessional on the indignities and quiet joys of being a junior doctor . . . Anchoring the wisecracks is Kay's heartfelt respect for Britain's junior doctors and the ignoble realities of a noble profession. At a time of anxiety over the future of the NHS, Kay's warts-and-all account will not only bring plenty of laughs but also delivers a moving report from the NHS's embattled frontline' - Financial Times


'Stayed up half the night laughing out loud over painfully smart, honest doctor diaries' - Emma Donoghue, author of Room Things

'I have done while reading this book: laughed aloud (too many times to count), read a passage to a stranger on a train (this was perhaps inadvisable but could not be helped), been consistently bowled over by the detail of Dr Kay's sharp prose & remarkably observant journey in a job so many of us have no real understanding of. It's an important book, a boots-on-the-ground memoir true to its title-but it's a good hurt I was left with upon turning the last page, the kind that resonates with empathy and consequence.' - Ryan Gattis, author of Safe and All Involved


'An urgent, devastating yet truly funny account of life at the coalface of the NHS. This Is Going to Hurt had me laughing, crying and open-mouthed - in horror and in awe - by turn of page' - Lisa Owens, author of Not Working

'This made me laugh out loud and cry in equal measures. Adam's book weaves in and out of his patients
lives and in so doing he tells, in a better narrative than I have ever seen before, of the pain and joy of working so close to despair, disease and death. It 's a quite brilliant book and will soothe the sorrows of many junior (and senior) doctors and remind us all why we entered this wonderful profession. A must read for patients too - lifting the bonnet on the working life of your jobbing hospital doctor' - Prof Clare Gerada MBE, past chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners

'Hilarious from the first page - very, very funny. I loved it' - Kit Wharton, author of Emergency Admissions

'Hilarious and heartbreaking . . . I howled, yelped and occasionally choked with laughter . . . It's an invigorating addition to the vogue for medical memoirs. I like to think of it sitting on a shelf next to Henry Marsh, Atul Gawande and Paul Kalanithi, turning the air bluer and bluer. It has something of all those writers, but with an added dash of a profane Adrian Mole . . . This book may hurt, but in an important and necessary way -- Cathy Rentzenbrink' - The Times 

'I'd prescribe this book to anyone and everyone. It's laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreakingly sad and gives you the lowdown on what it's like to be holding it together while serving on the front line of our beloved but beleaguered NHS. It's wonderful' - Jonathan Ross

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781509858637
Publication date: 19/04/2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

Publication date: 07/09/2017
Publisher: Picador
Format: Audiobook

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509858637
Publication date: 19th April 2018
Author: Adam Kay
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, Book Club Recommendations, eBook Favourites, Humour, The Real World,
Collections: 9 Books with the NHS at Their Heart,
Categories: Memoirs, Medical profession,

About Adam Kay

Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian and writer for TV and film, including Mitchell & Webb and Very British Problems. He previously worked as a junior doctor, detailing his funny and sad experiences in his first book, This is Going to Hurt. He lives in west London.

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