THE 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. What I like about this is it's not written by an old pro giving you his views after 30 years, but by a young man who faced all the problems of a modern NHS. Great fun, and a damn good read. -- Jeffrey Archer * Daily Mail * Hilariously gruesome anecdotes from a comedian and former junior doctor about working 97-hour weeks and life on the NHS frontline. * The Times, The 100 best books to read this summer * We know that junior doctors have it rough. But it takes Kay's account of his 97-hour-week struggle to see just how rough. There are many hilariously gruesome anecdotes in this book. Some, such as the time "an extremely posh" patient arrives in the antenatal clinic, are just hilarious: "Her extremely posh eight-year-old asks her a question about the economy (!), and before she answers, she asks her extremely posh five-year-old, `Do you know what the economy is, darling?' `Yes, Mummy. It's the part of the plane that's terrible.' " -- Matt Rudd * The Times * Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt
: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor is a mirthful account of horrendous everyday events in an English hospital's `brats and twats' (obstetrics and gynaecology) department, but also, with its `Open Letter to the Secretary of State for Health', a poignant condemnation of the political exploitation of junior doctors. -- Graham Robb * Spectator * And This is Going to Hurt
by Adam Kay is not just laugh-out-loud funny, but precise, upsetting, and utterly sobering for anyone at all connected with the NHS. -- Jenny Colgan *
This is Going to Hurt