This is Going to Hurt - Adam Kay

This is Going to Hurt

By Adam Kay

  • Release Date: 2017-09-07
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
From 5,152 Ratings


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.


  • A true story teller

    By FreeBird____
    Everything about this was amazing. I laughed out loud, I googled phrases astonished, I was shocked, outraged, filled with joy and at times had to close my eyes due to graphic descriptions. But everything everyone says about this book is true... read it because is blooming brilliant.
  • Stories not tales of a junior doctor

    By Driasprivate
    Stark funny and moving. It is to be admired for not holding anything back. The notes are very interesting and informative. Shame that their location forces the reader either to memorise their content or going back and forth from page to page. The style of the narrative is very impressive.
  • Hilariously emotional

    By kierknowles123
    The humour covers up the emotion as he shows he is a cold doctor! Very very good at his job. Eye opening to the life on the NHS front line
  • Hilariously funny

    By Samiloureilly
    Great easy read!
  • This is going to hurt

    By lilolondon38
    Amazing book. Worth a read especially in these crazy Covid times.
  • Amazing book

    By m9cpa
    Really enjoyed it, hilarious, and really emotional. He’s a great character and glad he published this. Defo needed.
  • Insightful

    By Esta😇
    Such an insightful book, the pressures the NHS have each day is really crazy. I have a new profound respect for what these doctors do for us, their impact in our lives, or mine will never go unnoticed. Great book, gruesome sometimes if you have a vivid imagination😂
  • 😂😂😂😂

    By Otikpsdez
    Couldn’t stop laughing at each section. He has good sense of humour. Could easily understand his medical jargon and has a good flow.
  • Good

    By Kerryt6
    Whilst I get this was a good theme. It’s not the greatest “read” of the year. It also reminds me, stick with women obstetricians. Love the NHS but not wowed by this.
  • Amazing!

    By emily-alyssa
    Loved it. Hilarious. Couldn’t put it down!