Book Review: This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay

What’s it about?

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 thoughts

I’d had a copy of this book on my TBR for well over a good 6 months and was looking for something different for my next book club choice.  We’d not read any non-fiction as a group before so it was out of our comfort zone.

The book is a series of diary entries and anecdotes which lifts the lid on hospital life; warts and all.  A lot of it is actually much worse than warts 😉

“I’m all for explaining terminology as we go along, but if you don’t know what a stethoscope is, this is probably a book to regift”

The quote above is from the beginning few pages of the book and this is the kind of humour that you’re in for throughout.  One of our book group members described it as a perfect toilet book, with no disrespect to the book intended, it’s ideal for picking up for 5/10 minutes at a time and reading a few stories here and there!

The book is witty, tough and gave me proper belly laughs but also made me angry.  I came away from the book with an overwhelming sense of what a total loss to the NHS Adam Kay is.  Brilliant for him that he had the foresight to keep this diary for later life – even though at the time it was probably an outlet for the frustration because even as a reader you will think it’s no bloody wonder the NHS is crying out for medical personnel when this is what their day to day routine is like.

OMG!! If you do this….This Is Going To Hurt!!

If you liked this book, you might also like to try Confessions of a GP by Dr Benjamin Daniels.

Book links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Author Links: Website | Twitter

Small print for info
Source: Purchased
No of pages: 280
Publisher: Picador

2 thoughts on “Book Review: This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay

  1. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    I’ve had this on my list for ages and then I heard an interview with the author recently which made me want to read it even more. Will have to try and fit it in this year! I’m sure it’ll make me furious about how badly neglected the NHS and their staff are though!


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