This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay #BookReview @amateuradam @picadorboks


Author: Adam Kay

Genre: Memoir

Format: Hardcover 288 pages

Release Date: 7 September 2017

Publisher: Picador

This book was given to me as a Christmas present and whilst I was away with family over the Christmas break I couldn’t help but dive in after reading the praise on the back cover. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


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 and Humour Book of the Year 

My Thoughts

This book had me laughing from the dedication page, which is not something I’ve ever said about a book before. The laughs didn’t stop there either, there were actually parts that I had to stop and read out to people because they were just so funny. 

Laughs aside though, I actually learnt a lot about our NHS system from this book and how doctors are generally treated and put upon. I can’t say that those parts were funny, but they were very enlightening. Considering all of us at one point or another will find ourselves in need of the NHS either for ourselves or someone we know, it’s rather frightening to think that you could have someone operating on you who has just worked a 97 hour work week. It seems insane that any normal human being could work those kind of shifts. But that’s just it, these doctors aren’t human, they’re blinking super heroes. 

I think everyone should read this book at one point. Although it’s not all funny, there is a very serious under current here, and there are some diary entries that quite frankly made me want to cry. I think it’s important we all realise what these individuals have to sacrifice in order to do the job that they do. 

I literally couldn’t put this book down, I read it in bits and pieces over the space of just a couple of days. I would recommend this read for basically everyone, it’s got laughs a plenty, drama galore, and a very poignant message overall. 

About the Author

Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian and writer for TV and film. He previously worked for many years as a junior doctor. His first book ‘This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor’ was an instant Sunday Times number one bestseller and has sold over a million copies. It has been translated into 28 languages and is a number one bestseller internationally. It was Sunday Times humour book of the year, Books Are My Bag book of the year and non-fiction book of the year, Blackwell’s debut book of the year and iBooks book of the year as well as book of the year selection in The Times, Guardian, Spectator, Daily Express, Sunday Times, and Mail on Sunday. BBC Two have announced that This is Going to Hurt will be a major new comedy-drama.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. bibliobeth says:

    So happy you loved this as much as I did! 🤗

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    1. It was fantastic! Literally found it so funny I was laughing out loud. Apart from the last chapter where he explained why he left the NHS. ☹️

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      1. bibliobeth says:

        That was so sad! I work for the NHS so can completely sympathise. 😕

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      2. Good on you! I have the utmost respect for what all of you do. Keep up the good work! I’m so grateful x

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