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 3,803 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.


  • Gem

    By bo_okworm.
    A moving read, sucked me in and felt as though I was living within the story, I read this in one sitting and it was the first book to bring a tear to my eye in years. Extremely well written and a stunning true telling of a real life story.
  • Funny and thought-provoking

    By RedjanBossman
    Really good
  • Funny and compelling

    By Brammers88
    A story with passion and dedication to the medical world with a realistic and honest view. Loved this book so much I didn’t want it to end. An absolute must read, it truly does share an insight into the pressures our NHS workers are dealing with. It’s both hilarious and witty nature will capture you from the start! Get reading!
  • Fantastic, must read.

    By Rab c 14
    I loved this book and completed it in days. Adam, you absolutely nailed it! You should be very proud of everything you have ever achieved- you sir are a fantastic person. You have lifted the lid on a very taboo subject. The NHS is being failed and not by the people who work within it arms. This has given me a greater insight, into the life of a Junior Doctor. Huge respect to each and everyone of them. I will from now on, ask the surgeon who’s gown I am tying up or chatting to, “How’s your day been?”
  • This is going to hurt

    By lvc1990
  • God Bless our NHS

    By Yummy Mummy 23
    We all know our precious NHS is at breaking point but this book gives a real insight into the pressures our doctors and nurses are facing on a daily basis. I laughed out loud at points and nearly cried in others...beautifully written.
  • Amazing book!

    By ninjaya 🤫
    Loved it from start to finish. Just wish he wouldve explained what happened with H in a bit more detail. Otherwise excellent book
  • Heartfelt, funny and real

    By Wiiiiin
    I love love loved this. I always feel compassionate towards doctors and nurses, they are not given enough credit. Humans just like us, they just do the greatest and most important job in the world. Keep us alive. Adam Kay, this was a brilliant read and I’m so glad I got to enjoy, I wish you were still a doctor so I could enjoy these stories. But I thank you for your 6 years of service in the NHS. I actually learned a lot too!
  • A must read

    By Anika2213
    This book should be on everyone’s wish-list! This brutally honest yet absolutely hilarious memoir is funny, enlightening and unforgettable. Adam Kay takes us into the world of junior doctors through comedy and raw emotion. One of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
  • Cracking read

    By BearMCRUK
    Whimsical and fascinating all at once. You won’t be disappointed.