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 145 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

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.


  • An incredible read

    By GraceBlaa
    This book is so insightful, it really gives you so many more reasons to appreciate the NHS and the heroes who work for it. Funny, clever and heartbreaking. Anyone who moans about the NHS should read it, and every one else too.
  • Read this book.

    By Puppy's go go go!
    Adam Kay writes with total recall, wit and eloquence about his day to day existence in his previous career as a junior doctor, forging a career in the NHS. It is a total eye opener on the daily trials and brutal working hours, life or death decisions and grinding bureaucracy. It’s also laugh out loud funny at times. Read it and be thankful to the front line of the NHS.
  • Must read!!

    By Ozziee_b
    This is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. There are sad and equally funny bits but never have I lol'ed so much when reading a book. After finding out the author is also one half of the Amateur transplants (parody songs about london underground, you must have heard it, if not watch on YouTube) I am not surprised at how well written and clever it is. My initial review was posted before I finished the book. And I finished it in tears and a whole new appreciation for all NHS staff (maybe with the exception of management). I will now think twice before complaining (or allowing anyone else to complain) about waiting in A&E for minor injuries or ailments that can indeed wait, being instead grateful that I know the staff are dealing with another patient who is more in need to the best of their abilities and that if it was myself or a loved one in need that they would be doing all they can for them too. Please please do not let our NHS be ruined by out of touch politicians who have no idea the stresses both staff and patients suffer due to cuts and privatisation.
  • Honest and brutal and hilarious and sad.

    By Linny10001
    This book is a must read for every nhs bashing Tory.
  • Love!

    By SuuzieWuuzie
    Literally brought out every emotion in me possibly imaginable! I didn't want it to end!! Highly recommend this beautiful book!
  • Read this book!

    By 1770
    Depressingly funny and tragically sad but what a fantastic insight into the real and devastating pressures in the NHS caused by a government that understands the price of everything and the value of nothing. For those of us who have been admitted to hospital and marvelled at the care given by the professionals (and the often long Wait to see them) this is the explanation of how thin things are spread where the outcome can be the difference between life and death. It is also a tribute to the personal qualities of those who go beyond our every expectation every single day. So sad it ended the way it did both for the author and for the NHS. Jeremy Hunt, you are a disgrace!!!
  • Enjoyed this book ltotally!

    By Coljak
    I will recommend this book to any and everyone. I’ve met doctors that were awesome and some that, I wondered why they had gotten into this profession. I believe Adam Kay to be of the awesome type. What a shame he no longer practices. Thank you for being so transparent, Dr. Kay!! Keep writing. I will keep reading. Mrs. C Parker Pleasley, England
  • Sharp, funny, revealing

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

    By Mistyeyed2425
    Fantastic read. If only it was longer
  • This is going to hurt

    By sandyshore.
    What a brilliant book could not put it down what a brilliant doctor over worked and under payed when will the NHS sit up and take a good look at what's happening if I could I would give it more than 5 stars they should be more doctors writing about what happening good luck for the future hope you find happiness in what ever you do if that make sense