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15 Feb 2008
Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.
At least until he meets Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly.
The older physician, whose motto is to never let the patients get the upper hand, has his own way of doing things. At first, Barry can't decide if the pugnacious O'Reilly is the biggest charlatan he has ever met, or the best teacher he could ever hope for. Through O'Reilly Barry soon gets to know all of the village's colorful and endearing residents, including:
A malingering Major and his equally hypochondriacal wife;
An unwed servant girl, who refuses to divulge the father of her upcoming baby;
A slightly daft old couple unable to marry for lack of a roof;
And a host of other eccentric characters who make every day an education for the inexperienced young doctor.
Ballybucklebo is long way from Belfast, and Barry is quick to discover that he still has a lot to learn about the quirks and traditions of country life. But with pluck and compassion and only the slightest touch of blarney, he will find out more about life--and love--than he ever imagined back in medical school.
"An Irish Country Doctor" is a charming and engrossing tale that will captivate readers from the very first page--and leave them yearning to visit the Irish countryside of days gone by.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; Reprint edition (15 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765319950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765319951
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""An Irish Country Doctor" makes for escapist, delightful fun."--"Publishers Weekly"

"Ballybucklebo is an easy place for readers to sink into, with likable characters and atmospheric dialogue."--"Kirkus Reviews" ""An Irish Country Doctor "deals with eccentric, funny humans, dogs, cats and cattle. This book is written with compassion and hilarity about a community whose inhabitants are as wonderful and loony as any on earth. The doctor's patients are not simply out-of-order machines, they are living human beings who need love and reassurance, which the good doctor freely dispenses. A grand read from a grand man."--Malachy McCourt, "New York Times" bestselling author of "A Monk Swimming"
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"At last! Here is an authentic Northern Ireland voice telling down-to-earth stories that could happened anywhere on the island. A full cupboard of delightful characters, both human and animal, enrich every page. Quirky, funny, and deeply moving by turns, Taylor's writing perfectly captures the language and character of Ulster in times gone by. I promise you will enjoy this book immensely; I did."--Morgan Llywelyn, "New York"" Times" bestselling author of "The Last Prince of Ireland"
"In a style joyously reminiscent of James Herriot, Dr. Taylor conjures up the rural Irish town of Ballybucklebo that is a pleasure to visit and very difficult to leave. I had a hoot following the humorous and at time poignant exploits of the irascible family doctor, Fingal O'Reilly, and his young, wide-eyed (and very urban) apprentice, Barry Laverty, as they confront all manner of man and beast in the eccentric but lovable town. I can hardly wait for more."--Daniel Kalla, international bestselling author of "Rage Therapy"
"Wraps you in the sensations of a vanished time and place. Like Barry Laverty [the hero of the novel] you join the household. You meet his eccentric housekeeper, Kinky (short for 'Mrs. Kinkaid'), who tends to come bustling in with a tray, saying things l

About the Author

Patrick Taylor, M.D., is the author of the Irish Country books, including "An Irish Country Village," "An Irish Country Christmas," "An Irish Country Girl," and "An Irish Country Courtship." Taylor was born and raised in Bangor County Down in Northern Ireland. After qualifying as a specialist in 1969, he worked in Canada for thirty-one years. He now lives on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars easyreading 22 May 2009
This is the first of a series and you will find it will keep you smiling all the way through. It certainly has the Irish spirit and blarney.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and cuddly 21 May 2009
This is a lovely warm book very much on the lines of James Herriott. A knowledge of the Northern Irish venacular would come in handy though.A stellar cast of eccentric and likeable characters also it is very nice to get a feel of N. I. pre the modern troubles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an irish country doctor 11 Oct 2010
I found this title good bedtime reading, althought the end was probably to good to be true, just like a childrens story " where they all lived happily ever after".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life in the country 21 May 2012
Dr Barry Laverty starts his new job as assistant at small country GP.
His partner Dr O' Reilly knows who the really sick people are and the malingerers and soon teaches Barry how to deal with them.That plain wooden chair in the surgery is especially made to keep the patients moving along.
They have a clinic in morning and do home visits in afternoon. Their ill patients mostly get sent to the "Royal" in Belfast. Barry delivers a baby, diagnoses a thyroid problem,deals with a scared young pregnant girl and is on call when his partner takes time off. Their housekeeper Mrs Kincaid "Kinky" cooks the Ulster mixed grill,answers phones,dishes out advice when needed and washes doctors pants that always seem to get dirty (thanks to Arthur Guinness the dog)
Barry has little time for a social life but manages to meet the beautiful Patricia
who doesn't want a serious relationship until her career is established.
He likes to go fishing and meets with his pal Jack from medical school when they get time off together.
Life is never dull in Ballybuckleboo and the doctors never NEVER let the customers get the upper hand "cause if you do they will run you ragged"
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