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Book review | This is going to hurt – Adam Kay

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by [Kay, Adam]


Rating 5/5 


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.


My thoughts 

I rarely read non-fiction, and if i do it’s historical or true crime. But this had been calling my name for a while now and i just had to finally buy it and read it.

I was not wrong in doing so, i absolutely loved this book. Not only loved it, but i am sure as hell going to read it again once i have persuaded my mum to do so. The humour is so easy to understand, and if you don’t quite understand British humour (honestly some Brits can’t quite grasp it either) Then you may not understand the jokes, especially vagina jokes – Now, before anyone moans about vagina’s being overly mentioned in this book, i will say that he was a  Gynaecologist, Adam’s job was either removing odd items inserted down below, or delivering babies. 

I had ALOT  of laugh out loud moments, which so rarely happens for me when i am reading something funny, it’s usually a smile or little noise but this had me chuckling, i had to go back and read some of the diary entries to my boyfriend because most of the time i could not believe the stuff that happens! This book had it’s fair share of sadness, not only with patients dying but i felt a lot of emotions as i read through Adam’s journey of being a junior doctor, the hours he did. The falling asleep in his car after a shift, for it to be still parked in the hospital parking lot and then waking up late for his next shift.

It actually comes with notes at the bottom of the page sometimes, with meanings of medial terms and jargon spoken/used in his diary entries. I learnt quite a bit and i now am aware of a few things i didn’t know before. This would make an excellent book for anyone going into med school (not to put you off but i guess it would prepare you lol!)

If anyone knows about our healthcare system, then it’s under a lot of pressure and whilst a lot of people are very quick to judge those who work tirelessly to make sure we are of good health, we also see that it is crumbling before our very eyes. Adam never once talks badly about the NHS, his co-workers, nor the rest of those around him but the government and it’s failure’s in keeping this amazing healthcare service afloat.

Adam’s diary entries are from around 2004- 2010 and his last entry was a rather sad one, which in turn i then realised this would be the moments leading up to him quitting and now working as a writer for television. This book is not only an amazing insight to how a doctor on the front-line might work themselves to death, but it was funny, uplifting and without Adam’s sense of humour i just might not of bothered finishing it.

I read this rather quickly, because 1) i couldn’t put it down, 2) it’s diary entries so made a great quick read book. I am recommending ANYONE this book for something fresh an different. It’s the perfect book to just pick up on your lunch break at work, or relaxing at home to re-wind, travelling, it’s just an ideal read for any moment.


Again, 5/5 for me.



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