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

The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller and Humour Book of the Year

Winner of the Books Are My Bag Book of the Year

Winner of iBooks’ Book of the Year


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.

My Review

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, gasping for breath, laughing, crying.  I read the book in two sittings – I needed a break from the emotions – and would widely recommend this as a must read un-put-downable book.


  • AUTHOR: Adam Kay
  • PUBLISHED: Picador
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19 April 2018
  • NUMBER OF PAGES: 256 pages


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Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian and writer for TV and film. He previously worked for many years as a junior doctor.

His first book ‘This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor’ was an instant Sunday Times number one bestseller. It has been translated into over twenty languages and is a number one bestseller internationally. It was Sunday Times humour book of the year, Books Are My Bag book of the year and non-fiction book of the year, Blackwell’s debut book of the year and iBooks book of the year as well as book of the year selection in The Times, Guardian, Spectator, Daily Express, Sunday Times, and Mail on Sunday.

BBC Two have announced that This is Going to Hurt will be a major new comedy-drama.






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