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A Dublin Student Doctor

An Irish Country Novel

Irish Country Books

Patrick Taylor

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Devoted readers of Patrick Taylor's Irish Country novels know Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly as a pugnacious general practitioner in the quaint Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Now, in A Dublin Student Doctor, Taylor turns back the clock to give us a portrait of the young Fingal—and show us the pivotal events that shaped the man he would become.

In the 1930s, fresh from a stint in the Royal Navy Reserve, and against the wishes of his disapproving father, Fingal O’Reilly goes to Dublin to study medicine. Fingal and his fellow aspiring doctors face the arduous demands of Trinity College and Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital. The hours are long and the cases challenging, but Fingal manages to find time to box and play rugby—and to romance a fetching, gray-eyed nurse named Kitty O’Hallorhan.

Dublin is a city of slums and tenements, where brutal poverty breeds diseases that the limited medical knowledge of the time is often ill-equipped to handle. His teachers warn Fingal not to become too attached to his patients, but can he truly harden himself to the suffering he sees all around him—or can he find a way to care for his patients without breaking his heart?

A Dublin Student Doctor is a moving, deeply human story that will touch longtime fans as well as readers who are meeting Doctor Fingal O’Reilly for the very first time.

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It’s a Long, Long Road from Which There Is No Return

 
Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, edged the long-bonnetted Rover out of the car park. “Lord Jasus,” he remarked, “but this twenty-fourth day of April in the year of our Lord 1965 has been one for the book of lifetime memories.” He smiled at Kitty O’Hallorhan in the passenger’s seat. “For all kinds of reasons,” he said, “and now that the Downpatrick Races are over, it’s home to Ballybucklebo.” He accelerated
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Praise for A Dublin Student Doctor

Praise for Patrick Taylor:
“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

“Quietly, almost surreptitiously, Patrick Taylor has become probably the most popular Irish-Canadian writer of all time.”
The Globe and Mail

“Taylor masterfully charts the small victories and defeats of Irish village life.”
Irish America Magazine

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

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A DUBLIN STUDENT DOCTOR by Patrick TaylorKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of A DUBLIN STUDENT DOCTOR . The latest of Taylor's Irish Country Doctor series, this time a prequel depicting protagonist Fingal O'Reilly's med-student days.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Patrick Taylor

  • 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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