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This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

This is Going to Hurt

Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

Adam Kay

4.75 out of 5

4 reviews

Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 19 Apr 2018
ISBN: 9781509858637

The often hilarious, at times horrifying and occasionally heartbreaking diaries of a former junior doctor, and the story of why he decided to hang up his stethoscope.

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Zoe Ball Book Club
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A brilliant book to kick off the list, as it’s so universally appealing! We think everyone will enjoy it, you will laugh and cry in equal measure

Reviews

5 stars out of 5
4 Oct 2018

" It is a truly laudable book, hilarious, moving and caustic. "

It is a truly laudable book, hilarious, moving and caustic. If you’ve been disappointed by the NHS, it will give you a way to contextualise your feeling. If you’re a fan of our (for now) free, universal healthcare you will find much to bolster your belief. And if you can hardly believe Nye Bevan’s creation has survived... you’ll find plenty to explain how we got here. It also happens to contain the best footnotes I’ve ever come across – packed with information, medical and otherwise, and dripping with sardonic wit.

5 stars out of 5
Charlotte Heathcote
15 Sep 2018

"If you read one book this year, make it Adam Kay’s hilarious, horrifying, heartbreaking insight into the life of a junior doctor "

If you read one book this year, make it Adam Kay’s hilarious, horrifying, heartbreaking insight into the life of a junior doctor...he extremely squeamish or extremely prudish might want to tread carefully but still shouldn’t miss this eye-opening and brutally funny insight into the appalling pressure upon the NHS. What a terrible loss Adam Kay is to the medical profession. But what a tremendous gain for your bookshelf.

5 stars out of 5
23 Jun 2018

"Reading this book is going to hurt, but mainly from holding your sides with the laughter it induce"

Reading this book is going to hurt, but mainly from holding your sides with the laughter it induces...But the suffering, loss and sorrow that went with the job are not ignored, or the shortcomings of the system – ridiculous hours and poor pay – that cause so many good doctors to leave. 

4 stars out of 5
PD Smith
4 May 2018

"Frank and funny, this is a moving tribute to the people who keep the NHS going"

As Kay’s diary of his time as a junior doctor so eloquently shows, medics are used to tragedy. But this awful experience scarred him.... his frank and excruciatingly funny book, inspired by the 2016 junior doctors’ dispute, is also a moving tribute to the people without whom the NHS couldn’t function.