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Product Details

  • Series: Irish Country Books (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; Reprint edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765320231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765320230
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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. (Feb.)
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“Highly readable. . . . Detailed medical procedures of the era are fascinating to a modern reader. . . . The book, with its spot-on dialects and neatly tied endings, largely succeeds as light entertainment.”—Publishers Weekly on An Irish Country Village

“Full of stories and vivid characters, the novel recalls a good night in a pub. Its greatest charm lies in homey Ulster idioms. . . . Good, light entertainment.”—Booklist on An Irish Country Village

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 on An Irish Country Doctor


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Recommend to anyone who enjoys series type books.
Anne Vidacovich
It's not often that one comes across a book that's such a delight to read and I look forward to reading more of the books in this series.
V. Kennedy
I picked up Patrick Taylor's An Irish Country Doctor and was instantly hooked on the characters and the village described.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Craig M. Welsch on May 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you are searching for a good read that doesn't require a lot of thinking, then this is the book for you. I enjoyed this book (as I did the first installment) and I would read more by Patrick Taylor to find out what happens with the characters. Not all fiction has to be blood and gore and fast paced action to be interesting. I love reading books that give a sense of place and culture, and this one has both of those in spades. I great armchair tour of Ireland!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Cush on February 28, 2008
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A sequel to "An Irish Country Doctor", this book picks up where the other left off. If you enjoyed "Doctor" then "Village" is a must. You need not read "An Irish Country Doctor" to enjoy this book but it would make it a richer experience
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In the 1960s having decided to practice medicine in Balleybucklebo, Northern Ireland, (see AN IRISH COUNTRY DOCTOR) Barry Laverty begins his "apprenticeship working for Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, a local legend. He finds the wide range of patients with their diverse problems fascinating and keeps him attentive. Barry also quickly learns why his mentor is a superstar amongst the working class and he admires the grumpy Fingal. This is not so much due to his medical healing but more because he gets involved in the social affairs of the villagers.

Currently Fingal battles the council who want to change the Black Swan pub from a popular local establishment into a touristy thing to bring in more money. Barry also finds his attraction for engineering student Patricia Spence growing even as he fears yet hopes she will soon go to Cambridge. Finally he faces a malpractice lawsuit from a widow whose husband he misdiagnosed.

This warm sequel to AN IRISH COUNTRY DOCTOR is an entertaining tale that brings to life a small village in the 1960s. The storyline is character driven as the eccentric locals bring time and place to the foreground. Dr. Fingal is somewhat the stereotype of the grumpy caring aging doctor, but no one will care as he brings extra heart to the mix. Fans will enjoy the continuing saga of Dr. Barry Laverty as he holds the insightful tale together while growing into the heir apparent to the village doctor.

Harriet Klausner
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Byrne Hourihane on April 12, 2009
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Kick back and spend a couple of hours in another time and place now disappeared from the earth's face, inside a folksy Irish tale set in the 1960s and back roads of Ireland's Ulster Province awaits. If it's the American gambit of high-drama laced with improbable plot twists--alongside an occasional murder thrown in-- this will not be your read. Most of author Taylor's plot conundrums can be dissected before they resolve in An Irish Country Village. It's the uniquely Ulster lingo and quirky thought process driving the resolutions that makes for a worthwhile backward glance into the Ireland of the cinematic The Quiet Man. If you understand and appreciate the decidedly Irish phrase, "it's a soft day," well, this is a "soft story."

So `tis off again we travel to Ulster's County Down with author Dr. Patrick Taylor to the mythical village of Ballybucklebo, a glistening emerald jewel in the land of Saint Patrick, near Bushmills' noted whiskey distillery and close-by Giant's Causeway, where marauding Scots giants of lore stepped ashore to battle Ireland's Finn Mc Cool. I've fond recollections meself of picture-postcard Newry, Belfast, Giant's Causeway and Queen's University--all ports of call in this quaintly Scots-Irish venture.

As sequels go, one needn't digest Dr. Taylor's previous charmer, An Irish Country Doctor, prior to this one, but it wouldn't hurt. Most of the original whimsical cast is aboard for an encore performance, leading off with Dr. Barry Laverty. Late of Queen's University Medical School, Laverty eschews the more glamorous internships sought by classmates, accepting a backwater assignment to fictional Ballybucklebo, a homespun village astride Belfast Lough where crusty mentor Dr. Fingal Flaherty O'Reilly is the lone physician for miles around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Schtinky VINE VOICE on January 13, 2009
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Straight off on the heels of 'An Irish Country Doctor' comes 'An Irish Country Village', taking up right where the first book left off. We're in Ballybuckbo, Ireland again, joining Doctors Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly and Barry Laverty in their daily lives both personal and at the "surgery" (Office). Dr. O'Reilly is a bear of a man; short-tempered and roaring, with cauliflower ears and a bent, florid nose that turns alabaster when he's angered. "Never, never, never let the patients get the upper hand" is O'Reilly's motto and advice for young Dr. Laverty. He's unapologetic for his irascible behavior, and his language is hilarious when he gets to name-calling. Dr. Barry Laverty has just finished college, and his position with country doctor O'Reilly is his first.

Along with the doctors come the regulars from the first book. There's O'Reilly's capricious housekeeper, Mrs. Kinky Kincaid, originally from Cork, who always adds the word "so" on the end of her sentences. There's old Maggie MacCorkle and her beau Sonny, who've waited over fifteen years to get married (and their wedding is the big event in this Irish installment). There's Councilor Bertie Bishop, who this time has evil plans to close down The Black Swan - Ballybucklebo's main-street pub. Young Patricia Spence has caught Barry's heart, despite how independent and stubborn she is. Patricia is heavily into women's rights, particularly the right to a higher education. And we're introduced to a certain Caitlan "Kitty" O'Hallorhan, an old college acquaintance of Fingal's.

In 'Village', Barry misses a diagnosis of old Major Fotheringham's cerebral hemorrhage, and after a stay and release in the hospital, the Major dies at home. Mrs. Fotheringham is devastated, and blames the young doctor for the death.
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