This Is Going To Hurt – Adam Kay


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.


This books is a humbling read which I’m disappointed I didn’t pick up sooner (It’s been on my shelves forever!)

As funny as it is, it is also heartbreaking to hear of the experiences our NHS. The pressure/weight they are under (and this was pre-pandemic) is unimaginable.

I loved the format of the book itself and actually particularly enjoyed the footnotes; I learnt quite a lot from them! The writing style was gripping and easy to follow. Previously I’ve struggle with some diary style books but this one was no problem at all, I found I couldn’t stop turning the page to find out more.

I would recommend this book for a equally humbling, hopeful and heartbreaking read, of real life experiences.

Overall, I rated this book a 5/5 stars!


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