This is Going to Hurt
Blackwell's Debut of the Year
Blackwell's Book of the Year
Books are My Bag Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Books Are My Bag Readers Awards Children's Award
Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize
British Book Awards: Non-fiction Narrative Book of the Year
Big Book Awards: Biography Award
National Book Awards New Writer of the Year
National Book Awards Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Specsavers Zoe Ball Book Club Book of the Year
Books are My Bag Readers Choice Award
National Book Awards Zoe Ball Book Club Choice
National Book Awards Book of the Year
The multi-million copy bestseller
Book of the Year at The National Book Awards
‘Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable.' - Stephen Fry
Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.
Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, 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, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn't – about life on and off the hospital ward.
Sunday Times Number One Bestseller for over eight months and winner of a record FOUR National Book Awards: Book of the Year, Non-Fiction Book of the Year, New Writer of the Year and Zoe Ball Book Club Book of the Year.
This edition includes extra diary entries and a new afterword by the author.
In the media
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
So clinically funny and politically important for supporters of the NHS that it should be given out on prescription
Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable.
You will laugh, cry and be overwhelmed with gratitude for the medical profession who work so shockingly hard to patch us up and prolong our lives