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Sunday 13 February 2022

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay


I'm not sure whether this is humour cocooned in exasperation, despair and tragedy or the other way round. Either way, it's absolutely brilliant, and I was more than a bit gutted when I got to the end. I really wanted more.

Kay is as good a writer as he was a doctor. Whilst it must have been hard to turn his back on medicine (there's always a straw that breaks the camel's back), it's certainly to the advantage of us readers. His wit and his humour in his accounts of the motley crew of patients in his years in practice make for an exceptionally hilarious read. But never far from it is a dedicated, (largely unrewarded) and compassionate man and serves to remind us that all who work in the medical profession are, in fact, human beings just like the rest of us.

There's fun and laughs in this…but also an essential serious window into the world of the underfunded, overworked NHS and its simply wonderful staff.

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