An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War

An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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Long before Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly became a fixture in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, he was a young M.B. with plans to marry midwife Dierdre Mawhinney. Those plans were complicated by the outbreak of World War II and the call of duty. Assigned to the HMS "Warspite," a formidable 30,000-ton battleship, Surgeon Lieutenant O'Reilly soon found himself face-to-face with the hardships of war, tending to the dreadnought's crew of 1,200 as well as to the many casualties brought aboard. Life in Ballybuckebo is a far cry from the strife of war, but over two decades later O'Reilly and his younger colleagues still have plenty of challenges: an outbreak of German measles, the odd tropical disease, a hard-fought pie-baking contest, and a local man whose mule-headed adherence to tradition is standing in the way of his son's future. Now older and wiser, O'Reilly has prescriptions for whatever ails...until a secret from the past threatens to unravel his own peace of mind. Shifting deftly between two very different eras, Patrick Taylor's latest Irish Country novel reveals more about O'Reilly's tumultuous past, even as Ballybucklebo faces the future in its own singular fashion.
Publisher: New York :, Forge, a Tom Doherty Associates Book,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 414 pages :,maps ;,25 cm.

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maipenrai
Nov 20, 2016

The ninth book in the Irish Country series

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suzyq8888
Sep 07, 2015

returned already

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1_Great_Book
Jun 11, 2015

Taylor does not fail in the continuation of his tales. He masters the flipping back and forth between time periods better than the previous book on O'Reilly's youth. Not sure that it is completely necessary to keep a thread going with the 1960's when going backwards in time - it breaks focus on events. Looking forward to the next installment!

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