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  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (2,621 ratings)

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This Is Going to Hurt

By: Adam Kay
Narrated by: Adam Kay
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of a record three National Book Awards: Non-Fiction Book of the Year, New Writer of the Year and Zoe Ball Book Club Book of the Year.

The million-copy best seller.

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 best seller and Humour Book of the Year.

This edition includes extra diary entries and a new afterword by the author.

©2017 Adam Kay (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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"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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Laugh out loud funny

Great book
This generation’s House of God
Funny and poignant.
Who would want to be a Dr in the NHS?

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A fantastic listen, laugh out loud type of book

loved this book. I never realised Doctors were treated so badly, shame on the system. To loose good doctors like this, who make you smile, and know they care is sad. I recommend everyone to read /listen to this. its so well written and spoken. cant wait for book 2 ??

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what a guy! :o

he's one of the many legends of the NHS world, so much respect for them all! thankyou for sharing your stories of experience! you will always be a hero!

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Enjoyed this immensely

As someone who works in health care administration, I found this book relatable and interesting. The humour was wonderful but it was poignant and engaging. Great story telling that explains so much about what is wrong with our health care systems.

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lots of LOL moments

love it when the author reads, very authentic
funny yet sad tale of the health industry.

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I’ve never laughed so hard!

I absolutely love that this was narrated by the author, he did such a brilliant job. The stories were absolutely fascinating and while some with funny it was most definitely in the delivery. I have never laughed so hard at a book. There is only one other book I ever remember laughing out loud this much at! I highly recommend it.

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Funny and Hearthreaking

Loved this funny and tragic book. Great illustration the mistreatment of medical staff as well!

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LOL good!

love this and if you like medical stories (funny, sad, gross, and everything in-between) it'll be for you.

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Brilliant

Listened so many times lost count.
New respect for doctors. Not surprised he quit though.

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Excellently entertaining!

I have never written a review before but this book so deserved a five star review. I will miss listening to it and loved every minute.

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