Meet former junior doctor Adam Kay, in conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink (author of The Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache), discussing the funniest book ever written about the NHS. The diaries, written between 2005 and 2010 when Kay worked as a junior doctor specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology, show him tackling horrific injuries (a man with a ‘degloved penis’ after sliding down a lamppost), elderly drinkers and life-threatening birth complications. Kay decided to go public with them amid the war of words between health secretary Jeremy Hunt and junior doctors over pay and conditions. Although the book revels in the dark comedy of hospital life, it builds up to a career-ending incident that left the author fearful of making decisions about patients' treatment and ultimately forced him to ditch his chosen his life as a doctor.
Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian and writer for TV and film, including Mitchell & Webb and Very British Problems. This Is Going to Hurt became an instant Sunday Times bestseller, topping the charts for three months. It has been translated into 15 languages and won the Blackwell's Debut Book of the Year 2017, Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year, iBooks Book of the Year, Books Are My Bag Readers' Award and Books Are My Bag Non-Fiction Prize.
Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache and a regular on the Literary Festival circuit.