This is Going to Hurt

Adam Kay

2017 Winner

Blackwell's Debut of the Year

2017 Short-listed

Blackwell's Book of the Year

2017 Winner

Books are My Bag Non-Fiction Book of the Year

2017 Winner

Books Are My Bag Readers Awards Children's Award

2018 Short-listed

Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize

2018 Short-listed

British Book Awards: Non-fiction Narrative Book of the Year

2018 Short-listed

Big Book Awards: Biography Award

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As soon as Adam Kay set foot on a hospital ward for the first time, he realized there's quite a lot they don't teach you at medical school . . .

His diaries from the NHS front line – scribbled in secret after long nights, endless days and missed weekends –
are hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking by turns. This Is Going to Hurt is everything you wanted to know about being a junior doctor, and more than a few things you really didn’t.

And yes, it may leave a scar.

In the media
Finally a true picture of the harrowing, hilarious and ultimately chaotic life of the junior doctor in all its gory glory, dark comedy and unavoidable sadness. A blisteringly funny account shot through with harrowing detail, many pertinent truths and the humanity we all hope doctors conceal behind their unflappable exteriors.

Jo Brand

Unputdownable. You must read this book if you like reading, like laughing or love our NHS. It’s a spit-your-tea-out-laughing clarion call to stand up for our junior doctors with all our might

Shappi Khorsandi

This should be required reading for anyone who works in, uses or even voices an opinion about the NHS. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh some more, you’ll think twice about ever reproducing

Dean Burnett, author of The Idiot Brain

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