This is Going to Hurt

Adam Kay

2017 Winner

Blackwell's Debut of the Year

2017 Nominee

Blackwell's Book of the Year

2017 Winner

Books are My Bag Non-Fiction Book of the Year

2017 Winner

Books are My Bag Readers Choice Award

2018 Nominee

Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize

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03 February 2022
304 pages


Now a major new BBC comedy-drama starring BAFTA and Emmy award-winning actor Ben Whishaw

The multi-million copy bestseller now with an exclusive new preface by the author

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.

Sunday Times Number One Bestseller for over a year and winner of a record FOUR National Book Awards: Book of the Year, Non-Fiction Book of the Year, New Writer of the Year and Zoe Ball Book Club Book of the Year.

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

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


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