An Irish Country Doctor
by Patrick Taylor
Barry Laverty, fresh out of school, answers an ad for a physician’s assistant in the small Northern Ireland town
of Ballybacklebo. His new boss is Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, a boxer turned doctor. Laverty finds O’Reilly
unorthodox and eccentric but then he finds the town is also populated by eccentrics. His naive and awkward
personality surfaces when he is around Patricia Spence who seems to be fonder of her civil engineering studies
than of having a boy friend. Life becomes tense with greedy councellor Bishop. Laferty and O'Reilly scheme to
give Bishop his comeuppance.
A heartwarming story with a cast of quirky, unforgettable characters, this work is reminiscent of England's
James Herriott. The incidents are funny, colorful, and at times sorrowful as the doctor treats his patients as
This is delightful reading for readers of all ages and interest.