This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

This is Going to Hurt

By Adam Kay

  • Release Date: 2017-09-07
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 5
From 305 Ratings
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‘Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable.' - Stephen Fry

Winner of the Books Are My Bag Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Winner of the Books Are My Bag Readers' Choice Award
Winner of Blackwell's Debut Book of the Year
Winner of iBooks' Book of the Year

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 heartbreaking by turns, these diaries are 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.


  • The best book I've read in an exceptionally long time

    By DWN86
    Whatever your areas of interest, profession or book genre preference, this is a collection of experiences that are eminently relatable and side-splittingly hilarious. It imparts a touching insight into the realities of this profession - humour being for the most part, the chosen tool deftly wielded to deliver laughter page after page without failing to have the more poignant and somber messages meet their mark. Would read over and over. Loved it.
  • Wonderful

    By l_lawrence
    Hilariously funny, yet at the same time terribly sad. A truly wonderful read, my only complaint is that it isn’t longer.
  • Buy buy buy

    By Keekeeleah
    Amazing eye opening book! This is exactly what the NHS is like. Brilliant read, definitely recommend😊
  • So so good

    By Kddaeryy
    Didnt want it to end!
  • Wow

    By nonmedic
    I never leave reviews and I read a lot of books. I read this in days and now I'm kind of hoping for 'this is going to hurt 2'. Must read.
  • Brilliant! 📖

    By Cattttttttttttt
    First book I've read in years & was spending a few weeks in hospital myself so could relate to a lot. Brilliant book, had me laughing out loud!
  • Brilliant read!

    By lottiekayleig
    I couldn’t put this down, such a brutal yet hilariously funny account of the life of a doctor. I laughed until I cried and then I just cried! A must read for all those people who moan about such a wonderful thing that is the nhs.
  • Laughter and tears

    By ChocolateeClaire
    Brilliant. Funny emotional honest. Couldn't put it down.
  • Fab read

    By Tanners66
    Brilliant read especially if u work with the NHS ... something every politician should read as it’s so true to life
  • Please read this book.....

    By Jonpsurgeon
    Wonderful, truly wonderful.