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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 human beings.

This is delightful reading for readers of all ages and interest.

The Book

Forge Book/Tom Doherty Associates
Feb 2007
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The Reviewer

Barbara Buhrer
Reviewed 2007
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