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This Is Going to Hurt Audiobook

This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

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Publisher's Summary

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, these diaries are 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.

Read by the author, this audiobook contains exclusive extra features, including an interview with the author by comedian and author Mark Watson, and extra diary entries not featured in the book.

©2017 Adam Kay (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

What the Critics Say

"Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable." (Stephen Fry)

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    "Life is for enjoying not enduring."
    If you could sum up This Is Going to Hurt in three words, what would they be?

    Doctors need support.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amount I learned.


    What does Adam Kay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Feeling.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me feel deeply for all those people who give their all for so little monetary return having to rely on their inner mental and emotional strength.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read that enables you help those who are helping you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Grainger 12/09/2017
    A. Grainger 12/09/2017 Member Since 2017

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    "Brilliant!"

    The best book I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Adam Kay made me both howl with laughter and cry with sorrow. His writing is eloquent and his reading of the book is brilliant. I highly recommend it to everyone, Fellow NHS staff will empathise with him and his struggles. Non NHS staff should listen to it for an insight into a truly unique world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    The_Animagus 23/09/2017
    The_Animagus 23/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Well written, Well told"

    Birth, death, and all the dirty stuff in between, Adam has written a fascinating account of being a Junior Doctor and beyond. In addition he tells his tales with the smoothness of a stage performer.
    What's more, I'm a vet, and it's nice to know other medical professions get the same problems as we have. But nationalised, and with the health of the country on their shoulders.
    Gods bless this NHS

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    rachch 20/09/2017
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    "Heartbreaking and hilarious!"

    I hardly ever write reviews but this is such a great audiobook I had to! I've seen Adam perform his music live several times and love his dry sense of humour but this book is on another level - but gave me more to think about afterwards than I expected. Excellent as an audiobook read by him.

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    T. Beresford 24/09/2017
    T. Beresford 24/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic factual book about the true life of a junior doctor"

    This book reminded me of the enthusiasm one had at the beginning of your career and then how that can be ebbed away at. It’s a bloody brilliant book. A definite must read for the general public if they ever really wanted to know what it’s like for a doctor.

    Also fantastically read by Adam Kay. Great to have the author read. Also enjoyed the extras at the end.

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    Catherine 22/09/2017
    Catherine 22/09/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Seen many a junior doctor... rabbit in the headlights"

    Couldn't stop listening.... working in the NHS myself I could relate to the whole taking over your life...

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    MDRedwood Cambridge, UK 20/09/2017
    MDRedwood Cambridge, UK 20/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "An excellent and funny book"

    Adam Kay has written a funny and thoughtful book, which exposes many of the day-to-day experiences of a junior doctor. These resonate quite strongly with my own memories (and those of my colleagues) of life as a junior doctor in the NHS.
    A poignant end makes it even better. Strongly recommended.

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    Charlotte Cordon 20/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    This a great book which really made me laugh which I wasn't expecting. Definitely worth listening to.

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    "Gets a bit boring"

    I thought it would be stories about the whole hospital but it's all set in the maternity unit. Gets monotonous after a while.

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    Lee Grant 19/09/2017
    Lee Grant 19/09/2017 Member Since 2010
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    "Warning - you are going to laugh loudly!"

    However, once you've finished laughing, you may not know how you're going to explain why.

    This book is everything you'd expect - hilarity, sadness and lots of things inserted into orifices.

    It's a very easy listen, Adam keeps the pace and you'll be at the end and wanting more in no time.

    The subtext of Adam's memory is the sad state of affairs that the NHS has been turned into by successive governments. If we all buy a copy of this book and throw it over the railings into Downing Street then someone may ask why - and perhaps a conversation could start.

    Just think about Adam's words the next time you need care - actually don't do that. Pretend that you're absolutely certain that the person who is about to save your life may know what they're doing.

    See one. Do One. Teach One.



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    "Hilarious insight into the life of a junior doctor"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Couldn't recommend this book more highly, a must read for any soon-to-be or current medic.
    Hilarious bite sized anecdotes from the under appreciated life of a junior doctor.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend this book 100% to anyone vaguely interested in medicine or the current state of the NHS.

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