This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay

Brilliant book that is essential reading for anyone disillusioned or dismissive of the NHS and the work that hospital doctors do.

Not only is it a masterclass in funny, but it’s also a reminder that writing can sometimes matter deeply, if not Make A Difference. It is a highly empathic book that follows Adam’s 10 year career as a Junior Doctor, ending as his career did: suddenly and tramatically. He now makes a living as a comedian and script writer.

Recommended to me by Beth as one of the two best books she read in 2017. Incidentally, it was represented by Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown.

[Books Read] The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

A fairly short, easy read. The language is clear and unstylised. The 32 chapters are fairly short. It’s about 300 pages, but the font is pretty large, with much white space. I didn’t count the words.

The plot is straightforward: a man walks to Berwick to save the life of a former work colleague. But the journey is really an unfolding of the collapse of Harold’s marriage after the suicide of their son. At the end, the resolution is a reavowing of the marriage and their love, represented by them laughing over a crappy old joke she made when they first met. Continue reading [Books Read] The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce