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A Seaside Practice: Tales of a Scottish Country Doctor Paperback – 23 Dec 2008

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd (23 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906021791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906021795
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's all in a day's work for the James Herriot of human beings - Smith has an engaging style and beautifully captures the dramas in his patient's lives." Glasgow Evening Times "An entertaining and insightful read - " Daily Express "Characters and cases unfold in this delightful book that reads like All Creatures Great and Small but with people instead of animals - " The Glaswegian "Dr Tom Smith is an engaging storyteller who invites the reader to sit back in a comfortable chair and slip into a slower, more innocent world" The Glasgow Herald "A joyous feast from cover to cover, and not bedside table should be without it - " Medical Journal's Association newsletter

About the Author

Dr Tom Smith MB ChB, Dip Pharm Med is 66 years old. During the course of a successful medical career, he has been a GP, published several health books, made TV and radio appearances and written for numerous medical journals and newspapers. He is also the author of Doctor, Have You Got a Minute? (Short Books, 2006). He is married with two children and five grandchildren and lives in Scotland.


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I met the author of "A Seaside Practice" on a bus in New Zealand. He was full of life and I knew his book would be good! As soon as I got home I bought a copy as I spent a few happy years in Ayrshire. Whether or not you know the beautiful countryside around Girvan, you cannot help but enjoy this very amusing book. I couldn't put it down and read it in one day. It is well written and full of anecdotes. I don't want to spoil the book for other readers and so I won't say which bits I laughed at most. I am really looking forward to Dr Tom's next book. I bought at least 10 copies of the book for friends who live/have lived in Ayrshire or who have holidayed there. None of them have computers and so cannot write their own reviews but I know that everyone enjoyed the books so much that they have been passed on to other friends. One person was really excited to find out that one of the Policemen in the book used to be a neighbour. Happy reading!
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I liked it so much I bought two more copies for friends.

It's the kind of book that would make a good tv series for teatime Sunday family dramas - very much an 'All Creatures Great and Small' format but with people as the patients [mostly]. A remote South West Scottish community in the 1960's and early 70's is well described,with its quirky beauty and real characters that this young Doctor meets - some especially unusual,and well described. Based on real events but with all the names changed. Very human,nicely written showing the common touch ,with good natured warm humour, Its a good read, unputdownable and left me wishing for more.
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I heard Tom Smith giving a talk so I bought a couple of his books and then sent for this one. The setting is in Ayrshire wherei I live and is easily recognisable so it has an added appeal. But it is similar or Dr Finlay's CSebook although more up to date, still old fashioned by today's standards. For older people it will be the better for that.
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What a lovely book was really sad when I finished it funny sad couldn't put it down casnt wait to read the next one
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