If you’ve seen the TV series, This Is Going to Hurt you might conclude that there is no point in reading the book, however, you would be wrong because it’s funnier, more poignant and includes anecdotes which aren’t in the series (although the televised version has fictionalised characters which aren’t in the book). It’s a laugh out loud, painfully funny memoir which shines a spotlight on the harrowing, chaotic and often hilarious life of a junior doctor in the NHS. It is as funny as it is poignant and as endearing as it is politically enraging. Kay has a sardonic sense of humour and a brilliant turn of phrase – something which didn’t come over in the TV series. An insightful and unputdownable book which shines with humanity. It should be on prescription, especially to our politicians.