#bookreview This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay published by Picador

Synopsis via Amazon:

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 reading experience:

I read this book for The Lighthouse Literary Society #bookclub @LightHseSociety.

This has been the most surprisingly funny book I have read this year so far. Not just funny, the journal entries made by Adam as a junior doctor are poignant, shockingly real and heartbreaking as well as witty. As a reader that works in the NHS I feel that when it comes to healthcare the only thing that could possibly shock me at this point is how much better it could be done. I am proud of our NHS heritage, the reason it was created and how. What I am not so proud of is how it has been used as a political push button in the playground that we call parliament.

Adam Kay has managed out of the ashes of his reflective practice to produce an honest window into his working life with huge dollops of integrity. I have laughed out loud at this book so much I feel that I should never leave home without it – it is almost its own emergency [mental] healthcare.

Our book club highly recommends this read.


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