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A Dublin Student Doctor (Irish Country #6) Hardcover – October 11, 2011

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Book 6 of 10 in the Irish Country Books Series

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“Taylor…is a bang-up storyteller who captivates and entertains from the first word.” ―Publishers Weekly on An Irish Country Girl

“The cozy village of Ballybucklebo and its eccentric inhabitants make the holidays bright.” ―Library Journal on An Irish Country Christmas

“Full of stories and vivid characters, [An Irish Country Village] recalls a good night in a pub. Good, light entertainment.” ―Booklist

About the Author

Patrick Taylor, M.D., is the author of the Irish Country books, including An Irish Country Doctor, 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1st Printing edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765326736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765326737
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1941, Taylor was brought up in Bangor, Northern Ireland, and receieved his medical education in Ulster. He initially practiced in a rural Ulster village akin to Ballybucklebo before taking specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. After living in Belfast through the first two years of the recent Irish Troubles (1969-1994) he and his family emigrated to Canada where he pursued a career in medical research and teaching in the field of human infertility. His contributions have been honoured with three lifetime achievement awards including the Lifetime Award of Excellence of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society.

A talent for the written word, first recognized when he was 16 by his winning the "Campbellian Prize for Literature", led to an outpouring of contributions to the medical literature. His scientific works include 170 papers and six textbooks, one translated from the original French. For ten years, (1991-2001) he was editor-in-chief of the Canadian Obstetrics and Gynaecology journal.

To add leavening to dry, academic prose Taylor has always nurtured his creative side. His monthly medical humour columns which began in 1991, En Passant, Medicine Chest and Taylor's Twist were followed by his appointment as book reviewer to Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Holly TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the sixth book in the Irish Country series (1 - "Irish Country Doctor", 2 - "Irish Country Village", 3 - "Irish Country Christmas", 4 - "Irish Country Girl", and 5 - "An Irish Country Courtship"). I was first introduced to the series in November of 2008 when I picked up "Irish Country Christmas" and the love affair began. It was a book I enjoyed from beginning to end so I went back and read the first two novels and then impatiently waited every year for the next one to be published.

The latest book almost solely focuses on Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly as he relives his earlier years, particularly those during his medical school days. The set up for the flashback is done very well and the reader is immediately transported back to the 1930s in Dublin Ireland. The story reveals his family life, how he ended up in medical school, and covers his medical training in a fair amount of detail. There is quite a bit of medical information shared - procedures, etc. - which I could have found tedious since I typically don't care for that area of study but only found it wonderful as usual.

From the first novel through this latest one, they have all been an absolute joy to read. Most of the time the books are set in the rural Irish village of Ballybucklebo but some books take a detour as this one does. Even though I miss the characters I have come to love in the quaint little village, the departures are done so well that I don't mind leaving those folks until the next time Mr. Taylor allows us to visit them. If you have never read any of these, it would be possible to pick this one up and begin here but to have the full experience and get the most out of them, I would recommend going back and start from the beginning.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ann Baron on October 24, 2011
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I feel like I know the people of Ballybuckleboo like my own family. Patrick Taylor writes with such warmth and detail, that you feel you are right there. "A Dublin Student Doctor" really gives a real insight of how F. F. O'Reilly became such a caring doctor. I enjoy these books more than I can say. I'm always sorry when I get to the end, and cannot wait for the next book to be published. I hope Mr. Taylor has many more stories for us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Carlyle on September 28, 2013
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The story makes obvious author Patrick Taylor's knowledge of both medicine and Ireland. The book begins when Dr. Fingal O'Reilly treats Donal Donnelly in the road after a motorcycle accident, and ends before Mr. Donnelly is discharged from the hospital. But Patrick Taylor tells the story of much of Dr. O'Reilly's career, provides excellent description, and fully develops characters between the start and end of this one book. Mr. Taylor presents Dr. O'Reilly as human, skilled, and caring; an unusual combination. The human part shows in his interactions with his parents, with his brother, with friends, and with Nurse Kitty O'Halloran. His skill and his concern for other people could be highlighted only by a medical doctor, as Taylor does throughout the book. Dr. O'Reilly's human and caring natures are demonstrated early in the book, when he recognizes his irresponsible acquaintance Donal Donnelly, and helps him after the accident; those traits remain obvious until the end. The book is fun to read, and rates 5 stars. David Carlyle, "Another Land."
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dianne on November 22, 2011
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I've loved the Irish County series for all the wonderful characters and how Taylor weaves their lives and community together in a story that makes me laugh out loud and care deeply for Barry, Mrs. Kincaid and all the others. This book is a flashback to Dr. O'Reilly's medical school training and the problem is that it spends too much time trying to train the reader in medical history. I was looking to gain a better understanding of the characters' relationships and the experiences that made them into the people I met in the other books. Except for the storyline about O'Reilly's own family--it often became shallow and mired in medical history. Even more political history of the period between the world wars would have been better. I hope Mr. Taylor will return to Ballybucklebo soon, surely there is more than enough story to be told there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By claire b on September 24, 2013
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My daughter purchased An Irish Country Christmas for me. I fell in love with the characters and the author's descriptive
style. It makes you feel as if you are living in this small Irish country village and actually know all the characters in the novel.
I have purchased ALL the novels in the Irish Country series and have ordered the newest two that are to be released
in October and November, 2013.
Each book has recipes provided by the doctors' cook. There is also a Glossary to help understand some of the words
and phrases in the books. Nice touch!
They are wonderful books and I would recommend them to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AndreaF on July 23, 2012
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First, I'd like to say that I dearly loved all of the books in this series; Patrick Taylor shows us what true Irish storytelling is all about as we get to know and ultimately come to love his characters and their distinct personalities. His style of writing is, to me, a gift to be admired as it resonates with warmth and detail.

Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly is one of my all-time favorite characters, and has been since I was introduced to these books a few years ago. He is explained so well from first book to last that I found myself angry with him, proud of him, and all things in between as I read along the way. In this installment, we learn of Fingal's medical school years, his family, and other backstory that shows us how he came to become the great doctor that he is. He is kind, intelligent, and witty; alternately he is moody, solitary and gruff. Fingal's interactions with his family, his friends and fellow students, women, and his patients reveal each of his assets and each of his flaws and weaknesses. I often felt a kinship with him as he made important decisions, stubborn mistakes, and even as he acted kindly or not-so-kindly.

In other words, I appreciated getting to know the past Fingal, in order to better understand the present Fingal. He is one of the most well-written characters I have ever come to love. And, luckily, there is still enough of present Fingal and his friends, neighbors and patients in Ballybucklebo so that we don't yearn for them too badly.

I also enjoyed learning about the medical procedures, patient treatment and terminology from 1930s Dublin. I found the aspect of discipline and demand for each student to strive for perfection to be fascinating.

I have, would and will continue to recommend this book (and series!) to others. The plot remains active, the characters evolve well, and there is plenty of humor and drama to keep a reader entertained.
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