An Irish Country Christmas

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Macmillan, Oct 28, 2008 - Fiction - 496 pages
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Barry Laverty, M.B., is looking forward to his first Christmas in the cozy village of Ballybucklebo, at least until he learns that his sweetheart, Patricia, might not be coming home for the holidays. That unhappy prospect dampens his spirits somewhat, but Barry has little time to dwell on his romantic disappointments. Christmas may be drawing nigh, but there is little peace to be found on earth, especially for a young doctor plying his trade in the emerald hills and glens of rural Ireland.

Along with his senior partner, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, Barry has his hands full dealing with seasonal coughs and colds, as well as the occasional medical emergency. To add to the doctors' worries, competition arrives in the form of a patient-poaching new physician whose quackery threatens the health and well-being of the good people of Ballybucklebo. Can one territory support three hungry doctors? Barry has his doubts.

But the wintry days and nights are not without a few tidings of comfort and joy. Between their hectic medical practice, Rugby Club parties, and the kiddies' Christmas Pageant, the two doctors still find time to play Santa Claus to a struggling single mother with a sick child and not enough money in the bank. Snow is rare in Ulster, and so are miracles, but that doesn't mean they never happen. . . .

 

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I can be persuaded to read almost any book that is set in Ireland. This series by Patrick Taylor about the general practitioners in the little village of Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland is no ... Read full review

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“An Irish Country Christmas” is the third of Patrick Taylor’s books about life as a general practice physician in small-town Northern Ireland in 1964. Taylor draws on his experiences as a doctor to ... Read full review

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
7
1 Recommend the Old Inn to Evry Friend
13
2 A Little Snow Tumbled About
25
3 The Cobblers Children Are the Worst Shod
35
4 The Daily Round the Common Task
46
5 A Memory of Yesterdays Pleasures
56
6 All the Worlds a Stage and All the Men and Women Merely Players
62
7 Im Sickly but Sassy
72
29 Till the Gunpowder Ran Out at the Heels of Their Boots
268
30 A New and Original Plan
274
31 Folks Who Live Beneath the Shadow of the Steeple
283
32 As Children with Their Play
291
33 Make Thick My Blood
303
34 I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside
313
35 Chastise with the Valour of My Tongue
318
36 For They Shall Be Comforted
328

8 Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind
81
9 A Mighty Maze But Not Without a Plan
97
10 La Donna Mobile or Women Change Their Minds
105
11 The Stars in Their Courses
113
12 You Cant Have Your Cake and Eat It
121
13 Will Someone Take Me to a Pub?
129
14 Whats in a Name?
139
15 A Primrose by a Rivers Brim
148
16 My Poor Fool Is Hanged
158
17 Theres No Smoke without Fire
165
18 Matters of Fact Are Very Stubborn Things
174
19 The Muddied Oafs at the Goals
182
20 The Nearest Run Thing You Ever Saw
188
21 You Can Never Plan the Future by the Past
195
22 Thou Art a Hard Man
206
23 A Feast of Wine on the Lees
213
24 On with the Dance Let Joy Be Unconfined
222
25 The Absent Are Always in the Wrong
230
26 Woe unto Them That Rise Up
243
27 It Is Best Not To Swap Horses While Crossing the River
250
28 Plotting in the Dark Toils Much to Earn a Monumental Pile
258
37 A Good Plot Good Friends and Full of Expectation
335
38 The Pelting of This Pitiless Storm
342
39 To Travel Hopefully Is a Better Thing
348
40 Now in Injias Sunny Clime Where I Used to Spend My Time
357
41 Feel the Pangs of Disappointed Love
366
42 I Feel My Heart New Opened
373
43 Not Half So Surprised as I Am Now
381
44 Things That Go Bump in the Night
391
45 Jolly Gentlemen in Coats of Red
399
46 Surprised by Joy
408
47 It Came upon a Midnight Clear
420
48 Glorious Morning Have I Seen
428
49 The Corridors of Power
439
50 Come and Go Talking of Michelangelo
446
51 Presents I Often Say Endear
456
52 A Feast Fit for a King
463
AFTERWORD
473
AUTHORS NOTE
481
GLOSSARY
485
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Patrick Taylor, M.D., is the author of the Irish Country books, including An Irish Country Doctor, An Irish Country Village, 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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