It’s official: This Is Going To Hurt is your ultimate summer read

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This Is Going To Hurt - Adam Kay, Review

Join us (and The Zoe Ball Book Club) as we tackle the 10 best books of summer 2018…

Looking for a good book to pack in your beach bag? Well, look no further, as Stylist has teamed up with The Zoe Ball Book Club (part of the Sunday edition of her weekend show Zoe Ball on Saturday and Zoe Ball on Sunday) in a bid to track down the best books of summer 2018.

Speaking about the project, Ball says: “I adore reading so I’m beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to bring a book club back to TV. I’m so excited to read all the brilliant titles on our list, and can’t wait to chat about each and every one of them with my wonderful guests and hear what viewers across the country think too – we’ll have a wide range of books that should hopefully encourage everyone to try something new! Thanks to our esteemed panel we can be sure they are splendid reads.”

The reading picks, chosen by Amanda Ross, the guru behind the original Richard & Judy Book Club, and a team of crack book-experts, are seriously diverse – and the first on the list has proven to be a total humdinger.

Penned by ex-junior doctor Adam Kay, This Is Going To Hurt is ‘lifting the curtain’ on working for the NHS is often hilarious, at times horrifying and occasionally heart-breaking.

Here’s what Stylist’s resident bookworm, Francesca Brown, had to say about it:

“Working spine-breaking, relationship-destroying 97-hour weeks as a junior doctor to becoming the most senior person on the maternity ward, Adam Kay’s memoir, This Is Going To Hurt, is a book filled with humanity.

“Heart-wrenching, uplifting and jaw-dropping (toilet brushes, remote controls, Kinder eggs, fairy lights all end up where no foreign object should dare to go), it’s a truly great read. You may not want to know, but by the end, you’ll even be familiar with the concept of ‘degloving’. It’s also snort-inducingly funny thanks to Kay’s deadpan delivery. Think, ‘[I have] a new email address: It’s good to know that no matter what happens today, nobody could accuse me of being the most incompetent person in the hospital.’

“From an immobile and dehydrated patient trussed up in casts with a helpful glass of water by their side to pinpointing the painless spots on a woman’s tongue (‘Diagnosis: taste buds’), the humour sits alongside tragedy as Kay acknowledges just how hard it is to be a medical professional. You’ll come away politically powered up. It’s the women and men of the NHS who make it such an incredible thing and it’s time they got the support and funding that such work demands.”

Ross adds: “A brilliant book to kick off the list, This Is Going To Hurt is so universally appealing! We think everyone will enjoy it… although you will laugh and cry in equal measure.”

Brilliant. And, with the National Health Service turning 70 on 5 July 2018, it’s worth noting that Kay’s book offers us civilians (read: patients) the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of all the hard-working individuals that make up the beloved institution.

The Zoe Ball Book Club, in association with Specsavers, from 17 June on Zoe Ball on Sunday for 10 weeks.

Zoe Ball on Saturday and Zoe Ball on Sunday (ZBoS) is on ITV at 8.30am every weekend, or catch-up on ITV Player.


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.