This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor (Paperback)Adam Kay (author)
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A funny, moving and insightful celebration of the everyday heroes of our NHS. Kay reveals the realities of working for the NHS with visceral honesty but also with humour, never losing sight of the huge significance of the work itself and those profoundly rewarding moments of truly-deserved gratitude from the patients.
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
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 219 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 19 mm
‘Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable.’ - Stephen Fry
‘Hilarious and heartbreaking... I howled, yelped and occasionally choked with laughter... It's an invigorating addition to the vogue for medical memoirs. I like to think of it sitting on a shelf next to Henry Marsh, Atul Gawande and Paul Kalanithi, turning the air bluer and bluer. It has something of all those writers, but with an added dash of a profane Adrian Mole... This book may hurt, but in an important and necessary way.’ - Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times
‘Blisteringly funny, politically enraging and often heartbreaking... hilarious... There is also a huge amount of pathos... This is a book brimming not just with humour but with humanity. Kay describes with visceral honesty the sacrifices made by junior doctors... This should be a wake-up call to all who value the NHS.’ - Hannah Beckerman, Sunday Express
‘A heartening, laugh-out-loud confessional on the indignities and quiet joys of being a junior doctor... Anchoring the wisecracks is Kay's heartfelt respect for Britain's junior doctors and the ignoble realities of a noble profession. At a time of anxiety over the future of the NHS, Kay's warts-and-all account will not only bring plenty of laughs but also delivers a moving report from the NHS's embattled frontline' - Financial Times
‘I'm not a doctor (despite what I sometimes say) but I'd prescribe this book to anyone and everyone. It's laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreakingly sad and gives you the lowdown on what it's like to be holding it together while serving on the front line of our beloved but beleaguered NHS. It's wonderful.’ - Jonathan Ross
‘Finally a true picture of the harrowing, hilarious and ultimately chaotic life of the junior doctor in all its gory glory, dark comedy and unavoidable sadness. A blisteringly funny account shot through with harrowing detail, many pertinent truths and the humanity we all hope doctors conceal behind their unflappable exteriors.’ - Jo Brand
‘As hilarious as it is heartbreaking - and it IS heartbreaking (also hilarious).’ - Charlie Brooker
‘Unputdownable. You must read this book if you like reading, like laughing or love our NHS. It's a spit-your-tea-out-laughing clarion call to stand up for our junior doctors with all our might.’ - Shappi Khorsandi
‘What an amazing book. I laughed so hard and often I nearly choked, but it's also very moving and important. Everyone should read it.’ - Cathy Rentzenbrink
‘By turns hilarious, shocking, heartbreaking and humbling.’ - John Niven
‘Much like the NHS itself, this book is filled with hope, despair, miracles, catastrophe and acres of the sharpest gallows humour. A very funny book with a very sobering message.’ - Chris Addison
‘Horrifyingly hilarious and hilariously horrifying.’ - Danny Wallace
‘This is a ferociously funny book, but beneath the sheen of brilliant one-liners is a passionate, acutely personal examination of what the health service does for us, and what we're in danger of doing to it.’ - Mark Watson
‘As a hypochondriac I was worried about reading Adam Kay's book. Luckily it's incredibly funny - so funny, in fact, that it gave me a hernia from laughing.’ - Joe Lycett
‘...tragic, uplifting and brimming with bodily fluids (sorry)... Kay makes for a compelling bedfellow as he explores the terrifying world of the amazing men and women (just about) holding the NHS together.’ - Francesca Brown, Stylist
‘The humour is unflinching in its darkness... Yet I did laugh. A lot. Kay is a skilful, muscular writer, his narrative swinging from laugh-out- loud anecdotes to tales of sheer horror. The book's title is harrowingly apt... 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
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