Heart-breaking, laughter-inducing, page-turning. The best book I have read in a while.
Wow. Just wow. I finished this book last night and needed to take a day to reflect on it before I began writing. I do not think I could thank Adam Kay enough for writing ‘This Is Going To Hurt’. It has given me a whole new view on the NHS and the medical profession in general.
This book is the ingenious collection of diary entries secretly made by a Doctor from his first day on the job all the way until he becomes a consultant. It is a very difficult book to put down as it is a perfect cocktail of one part humour, one part sadness, and one part the infuriating general public. Kay specialises in gynaecology, so his anecdotes range from delivering babies to pulling bizarre things out of private parts.
This book highlights not only the importance of the NHS, but also the many flaws within it. My (already high) respect for our doctors has massively sky-rocketed. We all know that being a doctor is hard work, but this journal really gives such a deep insight into the true exhaustion and exploits they face. We get exposed to the goings-on inside our hospitals, and gain a new perspective on major issues being debated in society now surrounding health care.
I do not want to give too much away, but the ending absolutely blew me away. It came out of nowhere and will probably follow me for a long time. Due to the nature of this book written in fragmented journal entries, it is very easy to put down and pick up when you have time (which works well for me as and English Lit student who barely has time to read what she actually wants to) and so I do genuinely recommend this to anyone, especially those of us in the UK who want a greater insight into our nation’s greatest pride: the NHS.
Let me know what you thought of this book below, and let me know if you have any recommendations!
Lots of love, Evie x