A blog about travel, books and navigating your twenties in one piece

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Recently I'm Reading // This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay

As mentioned in my last 'Currently' post, I've recently finished reading This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay and loved it so much that I wanted to write properly about it today. If you haven't heard of this book you must have been hiding under a rock somewhere because it feels like everyone and their dog has been reading it lately, and for very good reason.

So if you are somehow one of those people who doesn't know what this book is about, it's written by now-comedian and ex-junior doctor Adam Kay and is comprised of extracts from diaries he kept during his years working as a junior doctor in NHS hospitals. The blurb reads:

"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."

The book does exactly what it says on the tin - it gives a wonderfully (and sometimes painfully) honest account of what it's really like to work for the NHS under the pressure it's facing and it's so incredibly insightful. To be honest, I think it should be required reading because although much of it is written in an absolutely hilarious way (which is unsurprising given that Kay is now a comedian), it really illustrates what our country's doctors are putting up with and going through every single day to give us the care we need. I have never admired doctors more or felt so grateful for the NHS having now read first-hand what they go through day in day out to do their job. I think we take for granted just how lucky we are to have a free national health service or at least I know I do but it really is amazing and would be impossible without these amazing doctors, nurses and everyone else involved in the running of the NHS' dedication to it.

Some entries had me laughing out loud they were so funny (the range of things people put inside of themselves alone will have you questioning the sanity of humanity), while others had me weeping. I actually finished this book on a bus and I don't recommend that because the entry which really had me crying was one of the very last ones and we all know it's awkward as Brits to cry in a public place. It's just a wonderful book from beginning to end and by far one of the best books I've read this year.

After finishing it, I listened to an interview with Adam Kay on one of my favourite podcasts, Ctrl Alt Delete which you can listen to here if you're interested. It was so nice to hear Kay talk about compiling the book, the ex-Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's reaction to it, and to hear him read an extract of it himself. I think I've seen that Kay is doing a tour of the book and I'm sure that would be amazing to go to as well.

The book has had so much success, being a Sunday Times Number One Bestseller and the Humour Book of The Year, that I probably don't need to tell you this, but if you haven't already please do read this book. Kay's writing is such a treat and you'll come out having a newfound respect for NHS staff and all they do.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and if you're interested in keeping up with what I'm reading outside of on the blog you can follow me on Goodreads here.

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