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Adam Kay is an award-winning writer and former non-award-winning junior doctor. His first book "This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor" was a Sunday Times number one bestseller for over a year and has sold over 2.5 million copies. It has been translated into 37 languages and is winner of four National Book Awards, including Book of the Year, and will be a major new comedy drama for BBC/AMC starring Ben Whishaw. His second book "Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas" was an instant Sunday Times number one bestseller and sold over 500,000 copies in its first few weeks. His compilation "Dear NHS" raised over £250k for charity. His first children's book "Kay's Anatomy" was published in October 2020.
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A Major BBC Series Starring Ben Whishaw.
The multi-million copy bestseller and Book of the Year at The National Book Awards.
‘Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable.' - Stephen Fry
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.
Sunday Times Number One Bestseller for over eight months and winner of a record FOUR National Book Awards: Book of the Year, Non-Fiction Book of the Year, New Writer of the Year and Zoe Ball Book Club Book of the Year.
This edition includes extra diary entries and an afterword by the author.
Pre-order UNDOCTORED: The Story of a Medic Who Ran Out of Patients
This is Going to Hurt was the publishing phenomenon of the century, read by many millions, loved by at least fifty of them, and adapted into a major TV series. But it was only part of the story.
By turns hilarious, heartbreaking and humbling, Undoctored is about what happens when a doctor hangs up his scrubs, but medicine refuses to let go of him.
It's about an extraordinary medical school education.
It's about opening old wounds and examining the present-day scars.
It's about hospital admissions and personal ones.
It's about blowing up your life and stitching it back together.
It's about being a doctor and being a patient.
It's about 300 pages long.
Undoctored is Adam Kay's funniest and most moving book yet - an astonishing portrait of a life in and out of medicine, from one of Britain's finest storytellers.
The number one Sunday Times bestseller – with a new, fantastically festive front cover! Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas is a short gift book of festive diaries from the author of multi-million-copy bestseller This is Going to Hurt.
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat . . . but 1.4 million NHS staff are heading off to work. In this perfect present for anyone who has ever set foot in a hospital, Adam Kay delves back into his diaries for a hilarious, horrifying and sometimes heartbreaking peek behind the blue curtain at Christmastime.
This is a love letter to all those who spend their festive season on the front line, removing babies and baubles from the various places they get stuck, at the most wonderful time of the year.
'The perfect surgical stocking-filler' - The Times
Two different covers of Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas have been printed: one has a special festive design, and the other is our original hardback design. You will either receive the festive design or the original (as shown here) in your order. Specific covers cannot be requested.
The brand-new, hilarious book from bestselling, record-breaking author Adam Kay.
The olden days were pretty fun if you liked wearing chainmail or chopping people's heads off but there was one TINY LITTLE problem back then . . . doctors didn't have the slightest clue about how our bodies worked.
It's time to find out why Ancient Egyptians thought the brain was just a useless load of old stuffing that might as well be chucked in the bin, why teachers forced their pupils to smoke cigarettes, why hairdressers would cut off their customers' legs, and why people used to get paid for farting. (Unfortunately that's no longer a thing - sorry.)
You'll get answers to questions like:
Why did patients gargle with wee?
How did a doctor save people's lives using a washing machine, a can of beans and some old sausages?
What was the great stink? (No, it's not what doctors call your bum.)
If you're sure you're ready, then pop a peg on your nose (there was a lot of stinky pus back then), pull on your wellies (there was a lot of poo there too), wash your hands (because they certainly didn't) and explore this gross and gruesome history of the human body!
Praise for Kay's Anatomy:
'An enjoyably gross look at the human body. Hours of gruesome fun guaranteed' i
'Like listening to a teacher who makes pupils fall about' Sunday Times
'Totally brilliant!' Jacqueline Wilson
'Fun and informative' Malorie Blackman
'Very funny - this exciting book is bound to inspire the next generation of medics' Sunday Express
THE RECORD-BREAKING NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER FROM THE UK'S BESTSELLING NON-FICTION AUTHOR.
Discover all the weird and wonderful things that go on inside your body with Adam Kay. Covers key stage 2 / 3 human biology syllabus (in a slightly repulsive way).
'Hilarious and fascinating! I wish Adam had been my biology teacher' - Konnie Huq
Do you ever think about your body and how it all works? Like really properly think about it? The human body is extraordinary and fascinating and, well . . . pretty weird. Yours is weird, mine is weird, your maths teacher's is even weirder.
This book is going to tell you what's actually going on in there, and answer the really important questions, like:
Are bogeys safe to eat? Look, if your nose is going to all that effort of creating a snack, the least we can do is check out its nutritional value. (Yes, they're safe. Chew away!)
And how much of your life will you spend on the toilet? About a year - so bring a good book. (I recommend this one.)
So sit back, relax, put on some rubber gloves, and let a doctor take you on a poo (and puke) filled tour of your insides. Welcome to Kay's Anatomy*.
*a fancy word for your body. See, you're learning already.
'The sort of book I would have loved as a child' - Malorie Blackman
'Like listening to a teacher who makes pupils fall about' - The Times
'Absolutely packed with facts... Entertaining and highly informative' - Daily Mail
'As brilliant, and revolting, as the human body it celebrates' - The i newspaper
'Totally brilliant!' - Jacqueline Wilson
'If only this funny and informative book had been around when I was too embarrassed to teach my kids about bodily functions' - David Baddiel
This is not a new book but a specially adapted version of Adam Kay's bestseller This is Going to Hurt for Quick Reads. These short books are perfect for adults who are discovering reading for pleasure for the first time.
Welcome to the life of a junior doctor. You work 97 hours a week. You make life and death decisions. You are often covered in blood (or worse) from head to toe. And the hospital parking meter earns more money than you do.
Adam Kay's diary was written in secret after long days, sleepless nights and missed weekends. It is funny, moving and sometimes shocking. This is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn't – about life on and off the hospital ward.
Specially rewritten for ease of reading by Francesca Main.
THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
Curated and edited by Adam Kay (author of multi-million bestseller This is Going to Hurt), Dear NHS features 100 household names telling their personal stories of the health service. Contributors include: Paul McCartney, Emilia Clarke, Peter Kay, Stephen Fry, Sir Trevor McDonald, Graham Norton, Sir Michael Palin, Naomie Harris, Sir David Jason, Dame Emma Thompson, Joanna Lumley, Miranda Hart, Jamie Oliver, Ed Sheeran, David Tennant, Dame Julie Walters, Emma Watson, Malala Yousafzai and many, many more.
All profits from this book will go to NHS Charities Together to fund vital research and projects, and The Lullaby Trust which supports parents bereaved of babies and young children.
Other writers include Jack Whitehall, Chris Evans, Lorraine Kelly, Lee Mack, Jonathan Ross, Konnie Huq, Frank Skinner, KT Tunstall and Sandi Toksvig.
The NHS is our single greatest achievement as a country. No matter who you are, no matter what your health needs are, and no matter how much money you have, the NHS is there for you. In Dear NHS, 100 inspirational people come together to share their stories of how the national health service has been there for them, and changed their lives in the process. By turns deeply moving, hilarious, hopeful and impassioned, these stories together become a love letter to the NHS and the 1.4 million people who go above and beyond the call of duty every single day - selflessly, generously, putting others before themselves, never more so than now.
They are all heroes, and this book is our way of saying thank you.
Contributors include: Dolly Alderton, Monica Ali, Kate Atkinson, Pam Ayres, David Baddiel, Johanna Basford, Mary Beard, William Boyd, Frankie Boyle, Jo Brand, Kevin Bridges, Alex Brooker, Charlie Brooker, Rob Brydon, Bill Bryson, Kathy Burke, Peter Capaldi, Jimmy Carr, Candice Carty-Williams, Lauren Child, Lee Child, Bridget Christie, Emilia Clarke, Rev Richard Coles, Daisy May Cooper, Jilly Cooper, Fearne Cotton, Juno Dawson, Kit de Waal, Victoria Derbyshire, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Chris Evans, Anne Fine, Martin Freeman, Dawn French, Stephen Fry, Mark Gatiss, Ricky Gervais, Professor Green, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Mark Haddon, Matt Haig, The Hairy Bikers, Naomie Harris, Miranda Hart, Victoria Hislop, Nick Hornby, Sali Hughes, Konnie Huq, Marina Hyde, E L James, Greg James, Sir David Jason, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Jackie Kay, Peter Kay, Lorraine Kelly, Marian Keyes, Shappi Khorsandi, Nish Kumar, Stewart Lee, Joanna Lumley, Lee Mack, Emily Maitlis, Andrew Marr, Catherine Mayer, Alexander McCall Smith, Paul McCartney, Sir Trevor McDonald, Caitlin Moran, Kate Mosse, Jojo Moyes, David Nicholls, John Niven, Graham Norton, Chris O'Dowd, Dermot O'Leary, Jamie Oliver, Sir Michael Palin, Maxine Peake, Sue Perkins, Katie Piper, Ian Rankin, Jonathan Ross, Ed Sheeran, Paul Sinha, Frank Skinner, Matthew Syed, Kae Tempest, David Tennant, Louis Theroux, Dame Emma Thompson, Sandi Toksvig, Stanley Tucci, KT Tunstall, Johnny Vegas, Danny Wallace, Dame Julie Walters, Phil Wang, Emma Watson, Mark Watson, Robert Webb, Irvine Welsh, Jack Whitehall, Josh Widdicombe, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Greg Wise, Malala Yousafzai, Benjamin Zephaniah.
A minimum of £3.09 from the sale of each book will be paid to NHS Charities Together and £0.16 will be paid to The Lullaby Trust.
Learn all about the human body with this bundle of Kay's Anatomy and Kay's Marvellous Medicine from bestselling author, Adam Kay.
From what's going on inside our bodies, to when and why we discovered how our insides actually work, Adam Kay has every (slimy and smelly) detail covered!
In Kay's Anatomy you'll find out:
Why your skin gets wrinkly in the bath
Whether bogies are safe to eat
How much of your life you will spend on the toilet
And loads more fascinating facts you can wow (and horrify) your parents and teachers with.
In Kay's Marvellous Medicine, travel back in time and find out why:
Doctors made patients gargle with wee
A washing machine, a can of beans and some sausages helped save lives
Ancient Romans ate lying down
You won't believe the wacky ideas people had back in those days.
So, if you can handle the pus and the snot, step into the weird and wonderful world of the human body with Adam Kay!
Praise for Adam Kay:
'Will delight, gross out and educate all at the same time' Independent
'Totally brilliant!' Jacqueline Wilson
Dans ce témoignage à la fois cruel et plein d’humour, un jeune interne nous fait découvrir un quotidien qui se révèle à la fois cauchemardesque et terrifiant. Heureusement, il y a la dérision qui permet de garder un peu de légèreté.
Et surtout, il y a des éclairs de bonheur, notamment quand Adam fait naître un enfant ou que ses patients lui confient leurs petites histoires. Tendres, déchirantes ou drôles, ces histoires sont un concentré d’humanité faisant oublier le quotidien du métier. L’un des plus difficiles, mais aussi l’un des plus beaux métiers du monde.
Bienvenido al estimulante trabajo de médico: 97 horas a la semana y disponibilidad los 365 días del año. Bienvenido a un sunami de fluidos corporales compensados por unos ingresos económicos inferiores a los de un parquímetro. Di adiós a tus relaciones familiares, amorosas y a tus amistades. Bienvenido a tu vida como médico en prácticas.
Tras cinco años sin ejercer la medicina y dedicado a escribir series de comedia para televisión, Kay recibe un aviso del colegio de médicos comunicándole que le van a quitar la licencia. Aprovecha entonces para rescatar sus diarios de médico en prácticas y hacer un repaso a sus años en la sanidad pública.
El resultado es un tronchante diario no exento del mejor humor negro, lleno de anécdotas e historias protagonizadas por médicos, pacientes y administrativos asqueados y hartos. Una mirada irónica y desmitificadora de la vida en los hospitales que ha sido un fenómeno en Reino Unido y que pronto se convertirá en serie.
EL LIBRO DEL AÑO EN REINO UNIDO
«Hilarante y desgarrador a partes iguales.» The Times
«Tan divertido como políticamente incorrecto.» The Independent
Benvenuto nella vita quotidiana di un giovane medico: settimane lavorative di 97 ore, decisioni di vita e di morte da prendere, uno tsunami costante di liquidi corporei e il parcometro dell’ospedale che guadagna più di te.
Giornate di lavoro estenuanti, notti insonni, weekend mancati e molto altro ancora… Le farò un po’ male è un corollario di situazioni tanto esilaranti quanto reali, che ci mostrano con stile magnificamente irriverente il dietro le quinte della professione medica. In altre parole, tutto ciò che da pazienti non avremmo potuto (e forse voluto!) sapere.
Adam Kay è un comico e scrittore pluripremiato per la tivù e il cinema britannico che prima di approdare alla carriera creativa ha lavorato come medico. This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor è il suo esordio letterario ed è diventato da subito un best seller.