This is going to hurt

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ISBN:9781509858637

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The often hilarious, at times horrifying and occasionally heartbreaking diaries of a former junior doctor, and the story of why he decided to hang up his stethoscope.

Format
Paperback
Published
19/04/2018
ISBN
9781509858637
Publisher
PICADOR
Weight
218kg

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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 Jonathan Ross So clinically funny and politically important for supporters of the NHS that it should be given out on prescription Guardian Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable. Stephen Fry You will laugh, cry and be overwhelmed with gratitude for the medical profession who work so shockingly hard to patch us up and prolong our lives Daily Express Finally a true picture of the harrowing, hilarious and ultimately chaotic life of the junior doctor in all its gory glory, dark comedy and unavoidable sadness. A blisteringly funny account shot through with harrowing detail, many pertinent truths and the humanity we all hope doctors conceal behind their unflappable exteriors. Jo Brand As hilarious as it is heartbreaking - and it IS heartbreaking (also hilarious) Charlie Brooker Blisteringly funny, politically enraging and often heartbreaking . . . hilarious . . . brimming not just with humour but with humanity . . . This should be a wake-up call to all who value the NHS Sunday Express - Hannah Beckerman A funny, excoriatingly revealing, beautiful book Dawn French 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. The book's title is harrowingly apt . . . In the end, this book is a call to arms. That the NHS lost Kay is a tragedy. That this diary was written well before the Government's battle with junior doctors is more disturbing still i Hilarious and heartbreaking . . . I howled, yelped and occasionally choked with laughter . . . It's an invigorating addition to the vogue for medical memoirs. I like to think of it sitting on a shelf next to Henry Marsh, Atul Gawande and Paul Kalanithi, turning the air bluer and bluer. It has something of all those writers, but with an added dash of a profane Adrian Mole . . . This book may hurt, but in an important and necessary way The Times - Cathy Rentzenbrink 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 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 By turns hilarious, shocking, heartbreaking and humbling John Niven 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 Horrifyingly hilarious and hilariously horrifying Danny Wallace 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 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 If we lose the NHS, Adam Kay's diary of his 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 David Whitehouse What a hilarious, stomach-churning, thought-provoking heartbreaker of a book. I loved every single page Jill Mansell Superb. Unusual and funny and sad Pam Ayres By turns witty, gruesome, alarming, and touching. Always illuminating and searingly honest Jonathan Dimbleby

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