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 4,319 Ratings



‘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.


  • Superb book

    By Hollywollymonkey
    Could not put this book down! Very funny but heartwarming at the same time. Kay writes brilliantly and gives a real insight into the world of a junior doctor. Loved it!
  • A must read

    By Louwoo12
    As equally heartbreaking as it is hilarious, this book is everything people said it would be. Should be compulsory reading for all NHS users and especially politicians
  • Incredible

    By K62586
    So cleverly written, I loved the small diary entries which made it easy to pick up the book even if I only had a couple of minutes spare (and since I constantly couldn’t wait to pick it up again this was very convenient). I feel like I have such an insight and understanding of the medical profession world now and most importantly a deeper appreciation. This book had me crying with tears of both laughter and heartbreak and I highly recommend. The author’s journey, I believe, was always meant to lead to telling his and collectively ‘their’ story and he has excelled at just that.
  • Good read

    By Absdes
  • A really good read

    By lottus4
    Funny and interesting, haven’t put it down all day
  • Great book

    By AVNKR
    Well written and lot of fun. But the way footnotes are done in this particular edition is infuriating when reading on an iPhone.
  • Funny, sad, true

    By andydrizen
    A great insight to the world of healthcare and the wonderful staff who endure it
  • Heartbreaking

    By dav brent
    A delightful rollercoaster. This book will make you laugh, cover your mouth in horror, cry buckets of tears meanwhile shedding light onto the harsh reality faced by those in medical professions, who are asked to do the impossible everyday. What a glorious man and an amazing book. I would recommend this to anyone.
  • Interesting but at times unnecessarily unkind

    By Jadeypopps678
    No doubt, Adam Kay worked very hard for the NHS and has contributed to the well being of many. However at times I found his remarks to be arrogant, even offensive, toward some of the staff and patients he encountered. A shame as his experiences were very interesting.
  • A rollercoaster of emotion but grippingly brilliant

    By Next book please!!!
    A fantastically written diary style book, full of humour, heartbreak and eye-opening content.