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Patrick Taylor first charmed readers with An Irish Country Doctor, a warm and enchanting novel in the tradition of James Herriot and Jan Karon. Now Taylor returns to the colorful Northern Ireland community of Ballybucklebo, where theres always something brewing beneath the villages deceptively sleepy surface.

Young Doctor Barry Laverty has only just begun his assistantship under his eccentric mentor, Dr. Fingal Flahertie OReilly, but he already feels right at home in Ballybucklebo. When the sudden death of a patient casts a cloud over Barrys reputation, his chances of establishing himself in the village are endangered, especially since the grieving widow is threatening a lawsuit.

While he anxiously waits for the postmortem results that he prays will exonerate him, Barry must regain the trust of the gossipy Ulster village, one patient at a time. From a put-upon shop girl with a mysterious rash to the troubled pregnancy of a winsome young lass whos not quite married yet, Ballybucklebo provides plenty of cases to keep the two country G.P.s busy.

Not all their challenges are medical in nature. When a greedy developer sets his sights on the very heart of the community, the village pub, its up to the doctors to save the Black Swan (affectionately known to the locals as the “Mucky Duck”) from being turned into an overpriced tourist trap. After all, the good citizens of Ballybucklebo need some place to drink to each others health. . . .

Whether youve visited in the past, or are discovering Ballybucklebo for the first time, An Irish Country Village is an ideal location for anyone looking for wit, warmth, and just a touch of blarney.

Review:

"This highly readable sequel to An Irish Country Doctor follows the trials and exultations of Dr. Barry Laverty as he begins his assistantship to Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly in Balleybucklebo, a fictional Irish Ulster village of the 1960s. Barry loves his diverse work — conjunctivitis to obstetrics — and his provincial patients are keen on folk wisdom and proverbs. He grows fond and admiring of his gruff, imposing senior colleague, who heals bodies and also attacks social maladies, like the greedy local councilor who threatens to turn the Black Swan, a local pub, into a tourist trap. Meanwhile, Barry's infatuation with plucky engineering student Patricia Spence thickens, though her ambition may land her a scholarship that would lure her to Cambridge. And then there's the matter of a potential career-ending lawsuit by a recent widow whose husband died after Barry botched a diagnosis. Detailed medical procedures of the era are fascinating to a modern reader, though Taylor sometimes throws in too much play-by-play. The book, with its spot-on dialects (a glossary is included for those who don't know what, say, 'soft hand under a duck' means) and neatly tied endings, largely succeeds as light entertainment." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Sequel to the beloved New York Times bestseller An Irish Country Doctor

Synopsis:

Sequel to the beloved New York Times bestseller An Irish Country Doctor

Synopsis:

The enchanting sequel to the beloved New York Times bestseller An Irish Country Doctor.

Synopsis:

Patrick Taylor first charmed readers with An Irish Country Doctor, a warm and enchanting novel in the tradition of James Herriot and Jan Karon. Now Taylor returns to the colorful Northern Ireland community of Ballybucklebo, where theres always something brewing beneath the villages deceptively sleepy surface.

Young Doctor Barry Laverty has only just begun his assistantship under his eccentric mentor, Dr. Fingal Flahertie OReilly, but he already feels right at home in Ballybucklebo. When the sudden death of a patient casts a cloud over Barrys reputation, his chances of establishing himself in the village are endangered, especially since the grieving widow is threatening a lawsuit.

While he anxiously waits for the postmortem results that he prays will exonerate him, Barry must regain the trust of the gossipy Ulster village, one patient at a time. From a put-upon shop girl with a mysterious rash to the troubled pregnancy of a winsome young lass whos not quite married yet, Ballybucklebo provides plenty of cases to keep the two country G.P.s busy.

Not all their challenges are medical in nature. When a greedy developer sets his sights on the very heart of the community, the village pub, its up to the doctors to save the Black Swan (affectionately known to the locals as the “Mucky Duck”) from being turned into an overpriced tourist trap. After all, the good citizens of Ballybucklebo need some place to drink to each others health. . . .

Whether youve visited in the past, or are discovering Ballybucklebo for the first time, An Irish Country Village is an ideal location for anyone looking for wit, warmth, and just a touch of blarney.

Synopsis:

Welcome to the Village of Ballybucklebo. Come and say hello to Dr. OReillys odd-as-two-left feet patients, his housekeeper, Mrs. “Kinky” Kinkaid, and OReillys pets, Arthur Guinness, the beer-swilling black Lab and Lady MacBeth, the demonically possessed white cat. And of course, to young Dr. Barry Laverty. After Barrys first month as an assistant to crusty Dr. OReilly, he has been offered a permanent spot. But Lavertys excitement is dashed when one of his patients unexpectedly dies. The damage to his reputation is enormous, and he and OReilly must work to resolve the question of Barrys responsibility for the death. They also have to figure out how to save the four-hundred-year-old village pub. Plans are afoot to not renew the hundred-year lease and instead transform the old pub into a sparkling new tourist trap. To make matters even worse, Patricia Spence, the love of Barrys life, announces she is trying to win a scholarship to distant Cambridge University, all the way in England.... Beautifully evocative of a gentler, simpler time, Patrick Taylor's An Irish Country Village magically captures the charm, wit, and ribald humor of a vanished Irish countryside and its people.

About the Author

Patrick Taylor, M.D., was born and raised in Bangor County Down in Northern Ireland. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Taylor keeps his memories of Ireland (both its geography and the cadence of Ulster dialects) fresh by returning twice a year.

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Doug, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Doug)
Incredible humanity - you cannot help but laugh and cry with the folk in this county village with all their textures of down-to-earth life and living. Dr. Taylor is a rare writer who tackles the lives of other people brilliantly; totally vibrant, intoxicating and heart-warming; there are few better portraits of such a different world.
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Krista Smith-Moroziuk, July 10, 2008 (view all comments by Krista Smith-Moroziuk)
Lose yourself in this charming Irish village. A great, light summer read. Patrck Taylor brings the characters to live, and makes you laugh.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765316240
Author:
Taylor, Patrick
Publisher:
Forge
Author:
Keating, John
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
Physicians
Subject:
Country life
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Pastoral fiction.
Subject:
Medical
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
2 of 7
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 CDs, 14 hrs
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
6.7 x 4.1 x 1.25 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This highly readable sequel to An Irish Country Doctor follows the trials and exultations of Dr. Barry Laverty as he begins his assistantship to Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly in Balleybucklebo, a fictional Irish Ulster village of the 1960s. Barry loves his diverse work — conjunctivitis to obstetrics — and his provincial patients are keen on folk wisdom and proverbs. He grows fond and admiring of his gruff, imposing senior colleague, who heals bodies and also attacks social maladies, like the greedy local councilor who threatens to turn the Black Swan, a local pub, into a tourist trap. Meanwhile, Barry's infatuation with plucky engineering student Patricia Spence thickens, though her ambition may land her a scholarship that would lure her to Cambridge. And then there's the matter of a potential career-ending lawsuit by a recent widow whose husband died after Barry botched a diagnosis. Detailed medical procedures of the era are fascinating to a modern reader, though Taylor sometimes throws in too much play-by-play. The book, with its spot-on dialects (a glossary is included for those who don't know what, say, 'soft hand under a duck' means) and neatly tied endings, largely succeeds as light entertainment." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Sequel to the beloved New York Times bestseller An Irish Country Doctor
"Synopsis" by ,
Sequel to the beloved New York Times bestseller An Irish Country Doctor

"Synopsis" by ,
The enchanting sequel to the beloved New York Times bestseller An Irish Country Doctor.
"Synopsis" by ,

Patrick Taylor first charmed readers with An Irish Country Doctor, a warm and enchanting novel in the tradition of James Herriot and Jan Karon. Now Taylor returns to the colorful Northern Ireland community of Ballybucklebo, where theres always something brewing beneath the villages deceptively sleepy surface.

Young Doctor Barry Laverty has only just begun his assistantship under his eccentric mentor, Dr. Fingal Flahertie OReilly, but he already feels right at home in Ballybucklebo. When the sudden death of a patient casts a cloud over Barrys reputation, his chances of establishing himself in the village are endangered, especially since the grieving widow is threatening a lawsuit.

While he anxiously waits for the postmortem results that he prays will exonerate him, Barry must regain the trust of the gossipy Ulster village, one patient at a time. From a put-upon shop girl with a mysterious rash to the troubled pregnancy of a winsome young lass whos not quite married yet, Ballybucklebo provides plenty of cases to keep the two country G.P.s busy.

Not all their challenges are medical in nature. When a greedy developer sets his sights on the very heart of the community, the village pub, its up to the doctors to save the Black Swan (affectionately known to the locals as the “Mucky Duck”) from being turned into an overpriced tourist trap. After all, the good citizens of Ballybucklebo need some place to drink to each others health. . . .

Whether youve visited in the past, or are discovering Ballybucklebo for the first time, An Irish Country Village is an ideal location for anyone looking for wit, warmth, and just a touch of blarney.

"Synopsis" by ,
Welcome to the Village of Ballybucklebo. Come and say hello to Dr. OReillys odd-as-two-left feet patients, his housekeeper, Mrs. “Kinky” Kinkaid, and OReillys pets, Arthur Guinness, the beer-swilling black Lab and Lady MacBeth, the demonically possessed white cat. And of course, to young Dr. Barry Laverty. After Barrys first month as an assistant to crusty Dr. OReilly, he has been offered a permanent spot. But Lavertys excitement is dashed when one of his patients unexpectedly dies. The damage to his reputation is enormous, and he and OReilly must work to resolve the question of Barrys responsibility for the death. They also have to figure out how to save the four-hundred-year-old village pub. Plans are afoot to not renew the hundred-year lease and instead transform the old pub into a sparkling new tourist trap. To make matters even worse, Patricia Spence, the love of Barrys life, announces she is trying to win a scholarship to distant Cambridge University, all the way in England.... Beautifully evocative of a gentler, simpler time, Patrick Taylor's An Irish Country Village magically captures the charm, wit, and ribald humor of a vanished Irish countryside and its people.
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