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This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor (Hardback)
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This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 07/09/2017
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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.

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 a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line.

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.

'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

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509858613
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 417 g
Dimensions: 225 x 143 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable. -- Stephen Fry

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 *
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 *
Hilarious . . . a complete eye-opener * Red *
Laugh-out-loud funny . . . I found myself laughing in horror over and over, but Kay's poignant final act brought me to tears. This is a valuable window into the life of a junior doctor that should be required reading for all -- Sarah Shaffi * Stylist *
This is a brilliant book -- Russell Howard
Brilliant -- Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
All of human life is contained in these diaries . . . hilarious, horrifying * Prima *
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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“Powerful message ”

Taken from the diary of a junior doctor, this no holds barred memoir is eye opening, shocking and extremely well written with plenty of gallows humour.
It's terrifying to think that his experiences were more than... More

Hardback edition
30th August 2017
Helpful? Upvote 65

“Brilliant and addictive!”

Received this surprise book in yesterdays post. Didn't have any great views on it, so decided to read a couple of pages when I went to bed...
ok, so I actually read for about three hours, it was a rather... More

Hardback edition
11th June 2017
Helpful? Upvote 65
Fiona Hawke at Portsmouth

“A Trip tThrough the NHS in Easy, Accessible Anecdotes”

On the surface of it this is an engaging and often hilarious collection of anecdotes from someone who worked as a doctor in the NHS for several years. There is an abundance of stories for those who love to hear about... More

Hardback edition
9 similar books recommended
20th September 2017
Helpful? Upvote 48

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