This is Going to Hurt - Adam Kay

This is Going to Hurt

By Adam Kay

  • Release Date: 2017-09-07
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 5
From 654 Ratings


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

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.

As seen on ITV's Zoe Ball Book Club

This edition includes extra diary entries and a new afterword by the author.


  • Emotional, hilarious, cracking. Read it.

    By Charlywoods
    Whizzed through this book. Brilliant, hilarious read with really emotional elements. Very revealing of life in the NHS; a must read for all those trying to understand the pressures junior doctors face.
  • Brilliant

    By Hel***69
    Funny, sad, brutally honest.... hope Jeremy hunts reads this book and takes note of how he is killing the NHS
  • What a book

    By Jessica dayle
    A fantastic read funny and sad and very truthful. It’s changed my thoughts on the NHS and how hard the doctors and nurses work. Finished the book in 2days
  • Gggg

    By cgfyfy
  • Woke the husband up laughing .. a few times!

    By Saz the Crit Care Nurse
    Hilariously honest, reflective and brutal at ‘parts’. I have worked in the NHS for a number of years now and it’s a must read for all NHS employees and users of the NHS. Reminds us that the doctors / nurses in the NHS are human too. Love the Open letter to Mr Hunt at the end also. Just starting to read the book again for a second time. Loved it!!!
  • Good read

    By Noseinbook
    Good read and humorous, would have liked more for £5.99 though
  • A must read

    By Ellisjon
    Personally I think this should be on the reading list for anyone who wants to work in the NHS not just Drs! As an ex nurse I can sympathise with some of the stories while also being shocked by them as even on the front line I would say most nurses aren’t aware of quite what junior Drs are put through. As for the book I laughed at every page until the end but I won’t spoil it! Loved the footnotes too. Would love to read more from Adam Kay about his experiences.
  • You don't even know

    By mmosn
    Yes I e e I am still a starting to hurt my kids back to my bed time for me a 😢😢😢😢😢❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🥊💎💎💎💎👓💎💎👿🥊🍀😁😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😍😍😍😍😍
  • Simply stunning

    By gjay545
    From page 1 I was engrossed in Kay’s witty humour and sobering reflections from his medical career. I would implore you to read this not only for the pleasure, but also to consolidate why we must fight to protect our nation health service.
  • This is going to hurt

    By Readhouse
    Funny and poignant, an excellent read