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This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 19/04/2018
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This is Going to Hurt
Eye opening
Adam Kay manages to inject a lot of laugh out loud humour in this book about his life as a Doctor and obstetrician working for the NHS. He makes you real... READ MORE
Sally Boocock
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This is going to be brilliant
What can I say about Kay's book that hasn't already been said? I laughed and I cried. I was pregnant whilst reading it (I wouldn't recommend that if you'r... READ MORE
Poppy Smalley
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It will make you laugh, cringe and cry...
Adam Kay captures the joyful and heartbreaking daily struggle of frontline NHS workers in this hilarious and emotional set of diary entries taken from his ... READ MORE
Gem - Wigan
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Addictive, funny and SO REAL.
I received this book as a proof copy. However, this does not alter the following opinion which is my own. This book was seriously addictive. As in “I wil... READ MORE
Iara at Basingstoke
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A must read for everyone
Adam Kay is a loss to the NHS. His book makes it clear he was a great doctor, he really cared and he is very funny. This is a book that everyone who has ... READ MORE
Angie Groves at Blackpool
This is Going to Hurt
A book for everyone
Hilarious most of the time and occasionally anger inducing, moving or harrowing - this is a book for all (or certainly all who are old enough to understand... READ MORE
Catriona at Waterstones Online
This is Going to Hurt
Laugh out loud funny
A hilarious memoir of Adam Kay's time in the NHS
Sam Morcom
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Brilliant and what a rollercoaster of emotions!
I read this book in 2 days and could not put it down! We follow Adam as he starts his job and a junior doctor and works his way up to the top. Full of laug... READ MORE
Katie
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Sweet and salty
Firstly, it is just THE funniest book! Alternates between leg-crossing, detailed descriptions of degloving and totally earnest reflections on being a docto... READ MORE
Neil Ashcroft
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Everyone with a human body needs to read this book.
Life affirming, wildly funny and one of the best nonfiction books I’ve read in the longest time. Adam Kay finds the humour and humanity in NHS system. This... READ MORE
Sasha James
This is Going to Hurt
Laugh-out-loud funny!!
Although non-fiction is not something I normally read, I was recommended this by another colleague who promised I would not regret it! He was right... Kay... READ MORE
Vanessa at Doncaster
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Painfully, heartbreakingly funny, this will make you wet yourself! (In a good way, I swear...)
One of the best books I've read so far this year! This searingly honest view of what life is like as a junior doctor on the front lines of the NHS really o... READ MORE
Emma Kee
This is Going to Hurt
A funny yet poignant must-read
I’m happy I finally got round to reading this! It was really interesting to learn more about what doctors go through on a daily basis, and the book present... READ MORE
Amelia Adams
This is Going to Hurt
What a book
‘This is going to hurt’ is hilarious, moving, and very readable. Compiled together is a collection of diary entries from a previously practicing doctor of ... READ MORE
Myah Rose

Synopsis

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards 30 from 30 Award 2020 Chosen for the Zoe Ball Book Club Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for May 2018 By degrees hilarious and painfully honest, this is a no-holds barred account of one junior doctor’s time on the frontline of the NHS. 'The humour is unflinching in its darkness… Yet I did laugh. A lot. Kay is a skilful, muscular writer… In the end, this book is a call to arms. That the NHS lost Kay is a tragedy. That this diary was written well before the Government's battle with junior doctors is more disturbing still' - Independent 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. 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. 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 an essential, brutally frank account of what life is like for the beleaguered vanguard of the NHS. Now providing the groundwork for a sell-out stand-up tour, This is Going to Hurt is an unmissable window into Britain’s ailing health system and the lives of the people who are its lifeblood. Simply essential reading.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781509858637
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 220g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 25 mm

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This is Going to Hurt
Ow.....good book !
A well written and insightful book about the perils of being a doctor in the NHS....a few years ago. I suspect the NHS still treats is doctors as inhumanly... READ MORE
A Harris
This is Going to Hurt
Laugh, cry and be grateful!
It is only towards the end of this hard hitting memoir that the twin application of the title becomes apparent. This is a timely tribute to the personal sa... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
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Like his patients, could be better!
After reading Fragile Lives by Stephen Westerby and the surrounding hype for this one, I was hoping for more. I found some of the stories to be, at best, m... READ MORE
Ron Scales
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Best book I’ve read this year
I bought this on a whim at the airport, as I’ve heard a lot about it, but felt reluctant to read a medical book when it’s also my job Anyways 3 hours in a... READ MORE
Jânna Salam
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I picked this book up as something different to read and I'm so pleased I did. It is funny, thoughtful, provoking, heart-breaking and above all, completely... READ MORE
Eloise Bouron
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An incredible and insightful, laugh out loud look at the day to day workings of the NHS. Funny and at times poignant, it makes the reader understand the is... READ MORE
Ste
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Samantha
An hilarious, yet realistic view of the NHS. A must read for anyone!
Samantha Kinney
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This is going to hurt!
Having been a medical secretary in the 80's I thought that there was nothing I hadn't seen or heard of in terms of medicine. I was wrong this is a great b... READ MORE
Diana Johnson
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Absolutely fantastic I haven't laughed for ages reading a book , he has a fantastic sense of humour and it is easy reading I can't wait for the next book l... READ MORE
Alison Wood
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Hilarious
Can't stop laughing!
Vera Paiva
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Eye-watteringly funny
Adam Kay has rounded up everything it means to work for the NHS perfectly. The highs and the lows are so perfectly written, it really makes you think about... READ MORE
Leah Chapman
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They put what... WHERE???
Oh my word... this book! I usually like to take my time when I read a book, especially a non-fiction book, but I just could not put this down. I actually h... READ MORE
Alice
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A hillariously eye opening look into the life of a junior doctor in the NHS
It’s rare that I get through a book of this size in a week, but from the first page to the last I just couldn’t put it down! Adam presents his diary entr... READ MORE
Daniel Withington
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Yes !!
Such a good book. Really recommend this one
BookNerd
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An unforgettable exploration at the heart of the medical profession
This book completely blew me away. Adam Kay is not only a wonderful story teller (making the indigestible palatable and the unbelievable come to life on th... READ MORE
Louise Newman
This is Going to Hurt
Just like working for the NHS: hilarious, stressful and worthwhile.
I've never recommended a book after the first page, until now. I am in a position to understand the sentiment behind this book from the professional stand ... READ MORE
Laura Ramsay-Walker
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Worth reading!
All my friends at work read this book and highly recommended it. Absolutely brilliant! Helped me have a better understanding of NHS and feel compassion for... READ MORE
Tania Travers
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I could not put this down!!
A wonderful depiction of life in the NHS from all angles, from the side splittingly funny scenarios the author was caught in to the painful truth about how... READ MORE
Andrea
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Laughed, cried, felt second hand anger, and generally made me more determined to go into medicine.
5 STARS. Laughed, cried, felt second hand anger, and generally made me that much more determined to go into medicine one day. Lot of love for this guy and ... READ MORE
Emma Spence-Hirst
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Far too many footnotes!
Why oh why does the author have to include footnotes on nearly every page in this book. They interupt the flow of what could be an excellent read whilst th... READ MORE
Big Ron
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Couldn't put it down!
As someone who works in the NHS this really was an amazing read! Made me laugh out loud, got me angry, and at times the tragedy of it really choked me up.... READ MORE
Alan Le Sueur
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The collapse of a beloved institution
This is really a story of the National Health Service and how it has evolved into an underfunded body unable to cope with ever increasing demands. A workfo... READ MORE
Rob
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Amazing!
Both hilarious and heartbreaking
Leigh Ansell
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Fantastic
This is the first book I’ve managed to read all the way through without giving up. Absolutely fantastic!!!! Highly recommend this book. Very easy to pick u... READ MORE
Laura Wood
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From an nhs worker
Amazing and hilariously accurate with both the ups and the downs a passionate account of what it really is like to work for the NHS. We love it but hate it... READ MORE
nicola gillan
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Hilarious
Hilarious, side splitting
DonnaM
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Amazing insight into the real NHS workers
Funny but serious, Fascinating and insightful. A must read!
Rosie Akerman
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heartbreaking yet hopeful
Adam Kay's memoir is informative, funny, and absolutely heartbreaking. With explanations of medical terms (my favourite being "cyberchonsdriac"), Kay guide... READ MORE
Katherine Wingate
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Facts and truths - leavened with laughter
Adam Kay uses his diaries, written over his 6 years as a Junior doctor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Obs and Gynae), to provide a backdrop to what it's l... READ MORE
Stephen Warren
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This is going to hurt
Such a good book very humourous bit gross is parts. Learnt a lot, laught a lot.
MelB
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This book blew me away. I honestly think everyone should read this book.
We have all heard about doctors working extra-long hours but really we have no idea what this really means.  There are diary entries which had me shocked,... READ MORE
MoMo
This is Going to Hurt
Hilarious and eye opening!
A very eye opening view on life inside the world of the nhs. The authors diary entries are hilarious but also heartbreaking. One minute I was laughing and ... READ MORE
amy pullen
This is Going to Hurt
Funny, honest, and heartbreaking
Adam Kay manages to make what seems like hell sounds refreshingly funny. It's an eye-opener into the world of the NHS as a doctor. Or, indeed, anybody work... READ MORE
Melisa90
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Hilarious easy read
Being a student nurse, the stories in this book were hilariously funny and a lot of them relatable! Such an easy read and very enjoyable, would recommend t... READ MORE
Fiona Valentine
This is Going to Hurt
brilliant
A book you can't put down from start to finish. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry.
Kayleigh Blandin
This is Going to Hurt
Best book
The best book I've ever read.
Holly James
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what a refreshing book
this book came under recommendation, I downloaded it onto audible and the next day rushed out to buy it. such an honest insight to the inner workings of th... READ MORE
Samantha Berry
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Fantastic!
My sister actually lent this book to me to help me see a more gritty, realistic view of what it’s like to be a junior doctor. And I must say that, although... READ MORE
Amelia Hobbs
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If you haven't read this already, please do!
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay is my first non-fiction book and I have not been disappointed! I've never laughed, cried & raged whilst reading a book be... READ MORE
Sabina Khan
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Super Book
This book is absolutely incredible very true it just wants to make your read more and more. From making you laugh to cry it’s a best read
Brenda Bailey
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Non-Fiction/Medical/Memoir
This book is total mind-boggling! I’m a mixture of emotions at the moment. One minute I’m laughing, the next I’m shouting OMG/WHAT/REALLY? Then I’m close... READ MORE
GeorgiLvsBooks
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Smashed this in just a few hours
Incredibly hilarious, I couldn't wait to get stuck in.. It arrived this morning and I finished it this evening. Addictive eye-opening v fascinating and th... READ MORE
Cara Perry
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Yes it does hurt
This is going to hurt A very enjoyable but thought provoking read. I enjoyed the spirit in which this was written.
Lynda Hall
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A must read!
I will never stop recommending this book. This is a book that everyone needs to read! Opens your eyes to the strains and the struggles of people working un... READ MORE
Shannon Girvin
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Funny, poignant and eye-opening
Adam Kay's diaries are a brilliant read, demonstrating the pressure junior doctors are under. While there are many eye-opening moments (ladies thinking abo... READ MORE
Emma Titterington-Giles
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Excellent read!
I laughed and I cried through out this book. A sore subject to read about during the current Global pandemic and the strain it has on the NHS. The book is ... READ MORE
Becky Roebuck
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“Painfully Funny”
This is the quote that’s on the cover of the book and I think it sums it up perfectly. I laughed and cried in this book many times (which arguably is the b... READ MORE
Daisy
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Loved it
It my first time reading a diary in the form of a diary and I thought it could get boring that way but it was one of the best books I've ever read. It had ... READ MORE
Nika Homayoon
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Life Changing
A hilarious and heart wrenching telling of the life of a junior doctor. The NHS and it's workers are presented honestly in the short stories that Adam Kay ... READ MORE
Joanna Moreland
This is Going to Hurt
defintely made me laugh
i absolutely loved hearing about these stories of a junior doctor and as someone who is interested in medicine it not only made me giggle uncontrollably bu... READ MORE
Lilia Delobel
This is Going to Hurt
Very funny!
I loved the writing style. The stories were so funny and real. Laugh out loud funny! On the cynical side, it is really an awful situation for student doct... READ MORE
Karen McKenzie
This is Going to Hurt
Very funny.
Bought as a Christmas gift for my ex-nurse mother-in-law. Laughed out loud at every page I dipped into as I was wrapping it. My family asked me to stop r... READ MORE
K
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Wonderful
Wonderful and sad. What a great book
EllieAnn
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truly a captivating book
god, i loved this book. i actually watched the bbc series before i read it - which is a fantastic watch, by the way. i love the way adam kay writes, mixing... READ MORE
Maja Kowalska
This is Going to Hurt
Very funny, very scary! A real page turner
Very funny, very scary! A real page turner
Martin @McFly
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An Amusing and Sobering read
This was an easy read in terms of that it isn't full of long blocks of text - it consists mainly of diary extracts, with one day to a page or two at the mo... READ MORE
Isla Scott
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Side splitting
This is a really well written, funny ,sad and unfortunately true account of modern NHS. He has such a terrific sense of humour which i now understand he ne... READ MORE
Margaret T Banham
This is Going to Hurt
A must for anyone who loves the NHS
A very funny and poignant account of the NHS behind the scenes and an indictment of short-sighted Government mismanagement. I've bought 3 copies so far to... READ MORE
Elaine Cook
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It's a good book, but not a great book....
Everyone had been telling me to read this as the father of an F2. So I did and it was page 38 before I laughed out loud, which I did again on page 112. It... READ MORE
David
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Not for the faint-hearted!
This is Going to Hurt follows Adam Kay’s journey from a House Officer, straight out of medical school, through to a post as an Obstetrics and Gynaecology S... READ MORE
RJ
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Very funny
Humorous book, providing an insight to life as a doctor in the NHS
Saoirse Jackson
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This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor - Adam kay
Having read this and his previous work, I would like to inform the new reader this will wake up the house, the train, the taxi, the library (oops) in fact ... READ MORE
martyn brooks
This is Going to Hurt
Incredible and thought provoking
As others have said, not many books can be this funny or sad at the same time. A book that truly should be read by everyone.
Craig Wright
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Excellent
A funny, moving and eye-opening insight into the life of a junior doctor working for the NHS in obs and gynae.
kendrafortune
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Eye opening
I have mixed views on this book it made me both laugh so much my belly hurt and then made me feel utter despair. I devoured this book in a single sitting... READ MORE
Ki