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This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor - The Sunday Times Bestseller Paperback – 24 April 2018

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"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." --Independent

"A heartening, laugh-out-loud confessional . . . Kay's warts-and-all account will not only bring plenty of laughs but also delivers a moving report." --Financial Times

"We know that junior doctors have it rough. But it takes Kay's account of his 97-hour-week struggle to see just how rough. . . hilariously gruesome." --Sunday Times

"If you read one book this year, make it Adam Kay's hilarious, horrifying, heartbreaking insight into the life of a junior doctor . . . an eye-opening and brutally funny insight . . .What a terrible loss Adam Kay is to the medical profession. But what a tremendous gain for your bookshelf." --Daily Express

"Adam Kay writes with scalpel-sharp wit . . . a genital-warts and-all account of what life is really like for junior doctors . . . Witty, wise and frequently moving." --Mail on Sunday

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

"It documents the heart-lifting highs and gut-wrenching lows, offering a brutally honest depiction of life as a junior doctor." --Deadline

"Hilarious and heartbreaking . . . I howled, yelped and occasionally choked with laughter . . . This book may hurt, but in an important and necessary way." --Times


"frank and excruciatingly funny...this is a moving tribute to the people who keep the NHS going."​--The Guardian US

"If you are at all squeamish, I recommend you read This is Going to Hurt lying flat on your back. More than once on my commute, as I raced through Adam Kay's hilarious, heartbreaking book, I felt the legs begin to wobble . . . some entries are so funny, they make you howl." --Daily Telegraph


"Very funny."--Scott Eastwood​

"Shocking, sad, funny and alarming . . . A truly laudable book, hilarious, moving and caustic . . . The patient stories impact and linger in the mind. . . Kay's book is vital and timely." --Scotsman

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A brilliantly written, funny, and hugely emotional book." - Euan Blair, cofounder and CEO of WhiteHat

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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

So clinically funny and politically important for supporters of the NHS that it should be given out on prescription. ― The Guardian

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

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

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Picador; Reprint edition (24 April 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1509899472
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1509899470
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.7 x 2.03 x 19.69 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Adam Kay is an award-winning writer and former non-award-winning junior doctor. His first book "This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor" was a Sunday Times number one bestseller for over a year and has sold over 2.5 million copies. It has been translated into 37 languages and is winner of four National Book Awards, including Book of the Year, and will be a major new comedy drama for BBC/AMC starring Ben Whishaw. His second book "Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas" was an instant Sunday Times number one bestseller and sold over 500,000 copies in its first few weeks. His compilation "Dear NHS" raised over £250k for charity. His first children's book "Kay's Anatomy" was published in October 2020.

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