Adam Kay's This Is Going To Hurt crowned Book of the Year

Claire Coughlan
News - Prizes Monday, 07 January 2019

The public voted for their favourite from the winners from the Specsavers National Book Awards

The title of Specsavers Book of the Year has gone to This Is Going To Hurt (Picador) by Adam Kay. The former doctor's memoir took the award against competition against the other category winners at the National Book Awards. It had won Audible New Writer of the Year, Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and Specsavers ZBOS Book Club Book of the Year.

Kay said: "This Is Going To Hurt is my love letter to the NHS - winning Book of the Year is testament to the fact that this love is shared by the entire nation. 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. I'm hugely grateful to Specsavers, to Zoe (broadcaster and book club host Zoe Ball) and to Amanda Ross and all her team at Cactus TV not just for the award, but for their wonderful achievement of bringing books back to television."

Amanda Ross, managing director of Cactus TV, said: "We were delighted that National Book Awards came back this year to celebrate the best books of the year thanks to the Specsavers sponsorship. And Adam Kay's book really has been the best book of the year - it has taken the country by storm. Huge congratulations to Adam for this amazing achievement."

Highlights of the awards ceremony can be seen on the ITV Hub:

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