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    ​Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave goodbye to your friends and relationships . . .


    Welcome to the life of a junior doctor.


    Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former junior doctor 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 by turns, this is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn't – about life on and off the hospital ward. And yes, it may leave a scar.



    • One million copies sold
    • Sunday Times number one bestseller for over seven months (top ten for over ten months)
    • International number one bestseller
    • Now being adapted as a major 8 x 45 minute comedy-drama for BBC Two
    • Translated into 30 languages
    • Winner of a record three National Book Awards (Non-Fiction Book of the Year, New Writer of the Year, Zoe Ball Book Club Book of the Year)
    • Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year
    • Winner of Books Are My Bag Reader's Choice award
    • Winner of Books Are My Bag Non-fiction prize
    • Winner of Blackwell's debut book of the year
    • Winner of iBooks book of the year
    • Esquire book of the year
    • Longest time spent at number one in the e-book charts of any non-fiction title
    • Nominated for Non-Fiction Book of the Year, New Writer of the Year and Zoe Ball Book Club Book of the Year at the National Book Awards
    • Nominated for British Book Awards Non-fiction book of the year
    • Nominated for Slightly Foxed Best First Biography
    • Nominated for Chortle book of the year
    • Nominated for Independent Book Week book of the year
    • Book of the Year selection in The Times, Guardian, Spectator, Daily Express, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday