Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1029/28685

From The Socialist newspaper, 13 February 2019

Non-fiction: 'This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor' by Adam Kay

Comedy and tragedy judiciously mixed

  (Click to enlarge)

I think this is like several works of 'flash fiction' in one book (except that it is non-fiction) and the diary format enables the writer to do that.

The anecdotes elicit a range of responses. Some of them will cause you to piss yourself laughing (incontinence pads are available).

Others will make you think about the ridiculous hours junior hospital doctors are working and wonder whether this is good for patient safety (it would seem not). The argument that 'it was ever thus' gets short shrift.

There are stories which will simply make you wince on behalf of the patients and some that are heart-breaking as well.

I enjoyed reading this book and I will not be giving any spoilers. I would just suggest that Adam Kay doesn't become an advertising copywriter for Jack Daniels or a bodyguard for Jeremy Hunt.

Adam Kay defends the NHS against the privatisers and he does it in a witty and engaging way.

Derek McMillan, Brighton Socialist Party

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 13 February 2019:


What we think

Corbyn must launch struggle to kick out Blairites and fight for socialist policies


Socialist Party news and analysis

Universal Credit out - Tories out!

Mass pressure wins light sentence for 'Stansted 15'

To end climate change we need to fight for socialist change!

Marx memorial attack shows socialist ideas are on the rise

Them & us


International socialist news and analysis

France: striking workers confront Macron as historic gilets jaunes movement approaches "Act XIV"


Socialist Party feature

Ten years since Lindsey strike: when militant action stopped the 'race to the bottom'


Workplace news and analysis

Victory to Birmingham bin workers

Heroic RMT guards beat back Northern rail in fight against dangerous driver-only operation

Fight for a socialist-led PCS - fight to win the national pay campaign

Glasgow: nationalise the threatened 'Caley' railway depot

Leicester college workers refuse to accept cut in terms and conditions

Enfield: striking against academisation - fighting for a no-cuts budget

Workplace and union news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Southampton: Labour plans 15m cuts - vote Socialist in Coxford by-election

Newham: women's refuge funds halved - Labour must use the 500m reserves

Arrest Brigadier Fernando - defend the right to protest

Why I joined: "why is their life so different from mine?"

New pamphlet: 1919 - Red Flag over the Clyde

Celebrating Robert Burns 1759-1796

'Shac' campaign fights for housing

300 turn out for Corbyn in Nottingham marginal

Liverpool: 200 march to commemorate Robert Tressell

'Spot' conference opposes authoritarianism in Turkey


Opinion

'Green Book' film: a timely reminder of racism in the USA

'Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor': comedy and tragedy judiciously mixed

The Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 13 February 2019   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

NHS:

triangleWales: chronic NHS underfunding exposed

triangleCampaigners force U-turn over NHS privatisation

triangleBradford NHS workers strike against privatisation

triangleCaerphilly Socialist Party: Do trade deals threaten the NHS?

triangleBradford: Unison members strike to stay 100% NHS

Comedy:

triangleTheatre: 'Young Marx' shows growth in great platform for his ideas

triangleWell-deserved ridicule of Stalinism is impressive, funny but flawed

triangleTheatre review: Fracked! Political satire skewers frackers

triangleAristocrats to hold byelection for one of their 92 reps

Hospital:

triangleWelsh government must block NHS privatisation or face workers' action

triangleSouthampton hospital workers win

triangleTeignmouth: hands off our community hospital!

Doctors:

triangleReverse the GP cuts

triangleA&E 4-hour waiting targets scrapped - Save our NHS!

Reviews and comments

Reviews and comments

17/7/19

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

3/7/19

TV

TV: Years and Years - Engaging family drama pushes confused, reactionary message

3/7/19

Letters

The Socialist inbox

26/6/19

Letters

The Socialist inbox

26/6/19

Nuclear power

Opinion: capitalism's Fukushima showed same recklessness as Stalinism's Chernobyl

19/6/19

TV

Defend free TV licences for over-75s!

19/6/19

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

12/6/19

Review

TV Review: Chernobyl - Workers' heroism vs sclerotic Stalinism

12/6/19

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

5/6/19

George Orwell

70 years since the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four: "But if there was hope, it lay in the proles"

22/5/19

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

22/5/19

Climate change

Opinion: socialists must link climate struggle to power of organised workers

15/5/19

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

15/5/19

Diggers

May 1649 - the Last Stand of the Levellers

8/5/19

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

triangleMore Reviews and comments articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999