Adam Kay’s bestselling junior doctor’s memoir This is Going to Hurt (Picador) has been named The Specsavers Book of the Year.
The book seized the title, awarded by a popular vote, after scooping three separate awards at the Specsavers National Book Awards ceremony in November: Audible New Writer of the Year, Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year and the Zoe Ball Book Club award.
Zoe Ball said there was "no one more deserving" than Kay to take home The Specsavers Book of the Year accolade, calling his winning book "inspiring, emotional and quite extraordinary".
It beat other titles up for the award including Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookery book Simple (Ebury), Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust Vol 1: La Belle Sauvage (Penguin Random House Children's and David Fickling Books) and Scarlett Curtis’s Young Adult Book of the Year, Feminists Don't Wear Pink (Penguin).
Kay said the success of his “love letter to the NHS” was testament to the entire nation’s affection for the service. "I want to share the award with the million and half people who keep the NHS going every single day, including when the rest of us are enjoying Christmas at home," he added.