Doctor, comedian and bestselling author Adam Kay’s account of his time working in the NHS has been acclaimed as ‘book of the year’ by a public vote.
Adam Kay’s book This Is Going to Hurt topped a readers’ poll to win the Books Are My Bag readers’ choice award. The doctor’s heartbreaking series of diaries were published as a reproach to the government’s horrible pay structure for junior doctors.
The vote was casted by around 40,000 people in local bookshops, with Kay leaving behind even Man Booker prize winner George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo and Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage.
The title consists of diary entries written between 2005 and 2010 when Kay was a junior doctor in obstetrics and gynaecology. It is a dark account dealt with Kay’s signature wit and humour.
Kay also won in the non-fiction category of the same awards on November 21, 2017.