Adam Kay

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This Is Going To Hurt

book
Non-Fiction
UK Picador Books
2017

The award-winning Sunday Times Number One Bestseller

Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave goodbye to your friends and relationships.

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor.
Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former junior doctor 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 heart-breaking by turns, this is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn't – about life on and off the hospital ward. And yes, it may leave a scar.



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Reviews


Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable


Stephen Fry



A scurrilously funny, poignant and fascinatingly horrific tale of being torn to pieces and spat out by the strangely loveable but graceless monster that is the NHS


Milton Jones



I’m not a Doctor (despite what I sometimes say) but 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


Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable.

Stephen Fry


As hilarious as it is heartbreaking – and it IS heartbreaking (also hilarious).


Charlie Brooker


I howled, yelped and occasionally choked with laughter. This book may hurt, but in an important and necessary way.

The Times