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15th September 2022

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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.


Ian Rankin
Adam Kay is at the top of his game here. Even his footnotes are funnier than most comedians' best gags. But there is darkness here, too, and he handles it so well I had to lay the book aside until my heart was ready for the rest.
Reverend Richard Coles
I don't think anyone has made me laugh so much about the human body as Adam Kay, while simultaneously bestowing the gift of impotent rage at the state of the NHS
A funny, truthful and fascinating memoir.
Grace Dent
A gaspingly honest, hilarious and heartbreaking book from one of Britain's funniest writers
David Whitehouse
Every bit as funny as the first one, every bit as powerful, surprising and unflinching
Liz Jones's Diary Podcast
Fantastic. Everything you could want in a book.
Mail on Sunday
Hilarious... such is (Adam Kay's) craft and candour that you find yourself simultaneously guffawing and welling up.
Daily Express
Richly comic. Kay's writing is a constant pleasure.
Daily Mail
The anecdotes are hilarious, the personal life fascinating, the insights into our health service compelling.
The Sunday Times
Extraordinary... combining laugh-out-loud material with serious questions
Jacqueline Wilson
Brilliant - even better than This is Going to Hurt
Tanya Gold, Daily Telegraph
Piercingly funny... breathtakingly sad.
Equally frank and funny as its predecessor.
Charlie Brooker
Very funny, very moving - Adam Kay has done it again, the talented c***. PS Sorry for swearing in this quote
Dr Phil Hammond
The reason Adam Kay sells millions of books is not because he used to be a doctor, it's because he writes so well. Undoctored is another triumph; funny and moving and thoughtful.
Rachel Clarke, author of Dear Life
Thank you, Adam Kay [...] for your courage, candour, wit (and filth, of course) in your brilliant new memoir. Undoctored really is fantastic.
Extraordinary... super-readable, funny and disturbing.
Cathy Rentzenbrink
Spectacularly brilliant