This is Going to Hurt
The multi-award-winning number one bestseller
Appearing live across the UK - full details
18th November 2018 at Hammersmith Apollo - 3pm & 7:30pm
Half price tickets for all NHS staff
Other UK dates: full details at adamkay.co.uk
WHAT IT's ABOUT
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.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
WHAT THE PRESS ARE SAYING
"Hilarious and heartbreaking - I howled, yelped and occasionally choked with laughter. This book may hurt, but in an important and necessary way"
"A heartening, laugh-out-loud confessional on the indignities and quiet joys of being a junior doctor. Kay’s warts-and-all account will not only bring plenty of laughs but also delivers a moving report from the NHS’s embattled frontline"
"Scalpel-sharp humour and searing insight"
"So clinically funny and politically important for supporters of the NHS that it should be given out on prescription."
"We know that junior doctors have it rough. But it takes Kay’s account of his 97-hour-week struggle to see just how rough. There are many hilariously gruesome anecdotes in this book. Some are just hilarious."
"The humour is unflinching in its darkness, yet I did laugh. A lot. Kay is a skilful, muscular writer, his narrative swinging from laugh-out-loud anecdotes to tales of sheer horror."
"Adam Kay writes with scalpel-sharp wit - a genital-warts-and-all account of what life is really like for junior doctors. Witty, wise and frequently moving, This Is Going To Hurt should be required reading for anyone who wants to be a doctor. And, frankly, anyone who might expect to cross a hospital’s threshold"
Mail on Sunday
"If you read one book this year, make it Adam Kay’s hilarious, horrifying, heartbreaking insight into the life of a junior doctor . . . an eye-opening and brutally funny insight into the appalling pressure upon the NHS. What a terrible loss Adam Kay is to the medical profession. But what a tremendous gain for your bookshelf"
"It is a truly laudable book, hilarious, moving and caustic. Kay’s book is vital and timely. It should be required reading for anyone who ever has any political or financial responsibility for our health services"
"Blisteringly funny, politically enraging and often heartbreaking"
"Hilarious and heartbreaking, shocking and satirical, Adam Kay’s memoir of his career as a junior doctor is a truly eye-opening and unputdownable read."
"Hilarious . . . a complete eye-opener"
"All of human life is contained in these diaries . . . hilarious, horrifying"
"Laugh-out-loud funny . . . I found myself laughing in horror over and over, but Kay’s poignant final act brought me to tears. This is a valuable window into the life of a junior doctor that should be required reading for all"
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable"
Stephen Fry"As hilarious as it is heartbreaking – and it IS heartbreaking (also hilarious)"
"I'm not a doctor (despite what I sometimes say) but 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"
"A blisteringly funny account shot through with harrowing detail, many pertinent truths and the humanity we all hope doctors conceal behind their unflappable exteriors"
"It’s a rare book that can make me both cry and laugh. This Is Going to Hurt is that book"
"This is a brilliant book"
"Absolutely adored it. Brilliant"
"Unputdownable. You must read this book if you like reading, like laughing or love our NHS. It’s a spit-your-tea-out-laughing clarion call to stand up for our junior doctors with all our might"
Shappi Khorsandi"Horrifyingly hilarious and hilariously horrifying"
Danny Wallace"Bloody funny"
"At once hilarious and shocking, moving and irreverent, This Is Going to Hurt is a book that demands to be read. Adam Kay’s deft comic tone is a brilliant counterpoint to his most serious of intents: to impress upon us the importance of the NHS in our lives and the irreversible damage being inflicted upon it by indifferent governments."
"As a hypochondriac I was worried about reading Adam Kay’s book. Luckily it’s incredibly funny – so funny, in fact, that it gave me a hernia from laughing"
Joe Lycett"A scurrilously funny, poignant and fascinatingly horrific tale of being torn to pieces and spat out by the strangely loveable but graceless monster that is the NHS"
Milton Jones"This is a ferociously funny book, but beneath the sheen of brilliant one-liners is a passionate, acutely personal examination of what the health service does for us, and what we're in danger of doing to it"
Mark Watson"Much like the NHS itself, this book is filled with hope, despair, miracles, catastrophe and acres of the sharpest gallows humour. A very funny book with a very sobering message"
Chris Addison"Superb. Unusual and funny and sad"
"By turns witty, gruesome, alarming, and touching. Always illuminating and searingly honest"
"By turns hilarious, shocking, heartbreaking and humbling"
"Hilarious, poignant, depressing and shocking. Kay is such a brilliantly talented writer he manages to be both deadly serious and hilarious at the same time. Piles of this book should be in every GP surgery waiting room and A&E department in the country. Heartbreaking, dazzling, brutally honest."
Bridget Christie"What an amazing book. I laughed so hard and often I nearly choked, but it’s also very moving and important. Everyone should read it"
Cathy Rentzenbrink"What a hilarious, stomach-churning, thought-provoking heartbreaker of a book. I loved every single page"
Jill Mansell"This made me laugh out loud and cry in equal measures. Adam's book weaves in and out of his patients’ lives and in so doing he tells, in a better narrative than I have ever seen before, of the pain and joy of working so close to despair, disease and death. It's a quite brilliant book"
Prof Clare Gerada MBE, past chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners"If we lose the NHS, Adam Kay’s diary of him as a junior doctor will become a historical record of a unique, empathy-powered machine, and make it not just one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, but one of the saddest, too"
"An urgent, devastating yet truly funny account of life at the coalface of the NHS. This Is Going to Hurt had me laughing, crying and open-mouthed — in horror and in awe — by turn of page"
Lisa Owens, author of Not Working
"This should be required reading for anyone who works in, uses or even voices an opinion about the NHS. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh some more, you’ll think twice about ever reproducing"
Dean Burnett, author of The Idiot Brain
"Hilarious from the first page – very, very funny. I loved it"
Kit Wharton, author of Emergency Admissions