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 445 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.


  • This is going to hurt

    By Arctic Numpty
    Absolutely brilliantly eye opening and tragic. Couldn’t put it down.
  • This is going to hurt

    By Truly123456789
    Everyone should read this book. Strangely I was left feeling very sad when I came to the end of the book.
  • Incredible

    By Hollie Appleby
  • Downloaded it yesterday, finished it today!!

    By felicityfarquar
    Just download the sample, there is no way you won't buy the book afterwards!!
  • Brutally honest

    By N Farrell
    Really enjoyed this book, definitely opened my eyes to what colleagues actually go through. Very good snapshot of what life in the nhs is like for its drs and practitioners. With media criticism at an all time high, its nice that adam kay has created a text to counter the negative persona jeremy hunt has given us.
  • 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.