An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor

Our story begins with Dr. Barry Laverty sitting on a train headed to Ballybucklebo, an Irish village populated with an interesting and quirky cast of characters. It is in this town that he will begin his medical career, working with Dr. Fingal O’Reilly as a general practitioner. Having the story set in the 1960s affords the reader a relatability with its references to the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and other very recognizable people and events. Each interaction with a new patient propels the story along, bringing the reader on a journey through this quaint town and its inhabitants.

Listening to the audio book, with its Irish narrator, really brought the story and the characters to life and makes for an enjoyable listen. Fortunately, this is just the first of Patrick Taylor’s Irish Country series, so there are many more experiences to be had with the two doctors in Ballybucklebo.


Published by on March 18, 2019
Last Modified January 21, 2022