This is Going to Hurt

This is Going to Hurt

By Adam Kay

  • Release Date : 2017-09-07
  • Genre : Biography
  • FIle Size : 3.97 MB
Score: 5.0
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This is Going to Hurt ‘Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable.' - Stephen Fry

The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller and Humour Book of the Year
Winner of the Books Are My Bag Book of the Year
Winner of iBooks' Book of the Year

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.

As seen on ITV's Zoe Ball Book Club.

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


  • Brilliant

    By RSF1991
    Loved this!
  • Truth!

    By Chrismat333
    What an absolutely brilliant insight into the working lives of our NHS workers! I feel this book could and should start a revolution
  • Sharp, funny, revealing

    By ingamb
    Highly recommend this book. Gives a real insight into the extremes of the medical profession. Should be compulsory reading for anyone considering a career in medicine. I have huge sympathy for the junior doctor row after reading this.
  • Brilliant!

    By Sarah-JaneGrainger
    This book is a true gem. Easy to pick up and addictive! Finished in a few days. Adam Kay is hilarious.
  • Laugh-out-loud funny, and extremely sobering

    By Tullochgrue
    Adam Kay is a junior doctor in the UK's National Health Service. ("Junior" in this context means highly qualified, but overworked and underpaid.) Anyone who has followed the news in recent years will know that junior doctors have been making a bit of a noise (in a typically understated British way) about their pay and working conditions; and so they should. Kay's exposé of what life is actually like – as the only doctor on the wards at 3am, trying to save three lives at once – really does hurt. Kay doesn't write from a political point of view – but from the heart of a man trying to do his very best under extremely difficult conditions (and whose personal life suffers greatly as a result). This book should be read by everyone who has a vote, because I honestly don't think anyone would vote for this. (And yet many did.) This book made me laugh, a lot, but it also made me cry, and his final story still haunts me, a month after I finished it.
  • Buy everybody this book for Xmas

    By jgb253
    It’ll make them even crosser about the state of the NHS - and we need people to be cross.... and also give them a damn good laugh!
  • Incredible

    By LeanneB89
    Hilarious and heart warming, eye opening and ingenious.
  • Brilliant

    By kiddster78
    Frighteningly funny. Frighteningly sobering.
  • This is going to hurt.

    By janey wney
    This book is a tonic an eye opener and should come with a health warning for laughing too much in a public place. Well done Adam
  • A book that everyone MUST read!

    By EmmaRegM
    The best book I’ve ever read. As a fellow NHS worker, I emphasise with everything in this book. Sad but hilarious.