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"Run along, make your calls, and enjoy His Lordship’s hooley," said Mrs. Maureen Kincaid, "Kinky" to her friends, as she knelt in the hall and sponged Ribena black-currant cordial from a small boy’s tweed overcoat. "I’ll expect you all back by five, sir, not a minute later. I’d not want the Christmas dinner to be spoiled."
Her employer, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, said over his shoulder, "We’ll be on time, I promise, Kinky." He strode off accompanied by his guest, Caitlin "Kitty" O’Hallorhan, and his young assistant, Doctor Barry
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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Patrick Taylor's novel An Irish Country Girl. Readers of Patrick Taylor's books know Mrs. Kinky Kincaid as the unflappable housekeeper who looks after two frequently frazzled doctors in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. She is a trusted fixture in the lives of those around her, and it often seems as though Kinky has always been there. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Some forty odd years before and many miles to the south, the girl who would someday
“Taylor masterfully charts the small victories and defeats of Irish village life.”---Irish American Magazine“Full of stories and vivid characters, [An Irish Country Village] recalls a good night in a pub. Good, light entertainment.”---Booklist“With an unerring eye for detail, the talents of a natural storyteller, and the ability to pepper his anecdotes with large doses of wit and humor, Patrick Taylor has written a delightful novel.”---Calgary Herald on An Irish Country Doctor
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, 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.
Terry Donnelly has been a member of the National Theatre of Great Britain, London and the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Her stage work includes roles in Frank McCourt's The Irish...and How They Got That Way, Bailegangaire, and Brendan Behan's The Hostage. Of her narration of An Irish Country Girl, AudioFile magazine said, "Terry Donnelly's reading gradually enchants listeners as much as it does Maureen's fictional audience. Donnelly’s Irish brogue creates a strong sense of place."
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