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Home Is the Sailor Fans of Patrick Taylor's bestselling Irish Country novels know Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly as the irascible senior partner of a general practice in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. But there was a time, shortly after arriving in Ballybucklebo, that Dr. O'Reilly was not widely accepted by the villagers. This touching short story tell of how O'Reilly, with a li Fans of Patrick Taylor's bestselling Irish Country novels know Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly as the irascible senior partner of a general practice in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. But there was a time, shortly after arriving in Ballybucklebo, that Dr. O'Reilly was not widely accepted by the villagers. This touching short story tell of how O'Reilly, with a little help, began to overcome their objections. Whether you're visiting for the first time, or you're a long-time resident, you'll enjoy this fun glimpse into life Patrick Taylor's village of Ballybucklebo.

30 review for Home Is the Sailor

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Jacobs

    Nice and comforting. The more I read of this series the more I notice the repeating phrases and motifs. But rather than become annoyed at the formula it feels instead like putting on a favorite sweater.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    More amusing anecdotes about Dr O'Reilly in this short novella. This story describes his installation after WWII in the small town of Ballybucklebo when he is trying to build up his clientele from scratch.

  3. 3 out of 5

    Bridget

    I saw this a month or so ago, available only as an e-book on the Nook. Since I truly enjoy this series, I went ahead and got it. The author describes it as a "long short story." It's actually the tale of Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly's return to Ballybucklebo after his stint in the Navy during World War II. He has managed to purchase the practice of his mentor, and is anxious to start his medical career, in charge of his own practice. It's very enjoyable, with Kinky Kincaid already being in place I saw this a month or so ago, available only as an e-book on the Nook. Since I truly enjoy this series, I went ahead and got it. The author describes it as a "long short story." It's actually the tale of Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly's return to Ballybucklebo after his stint in the Navy during World War II. He has managed to purchase the practice of his mentor, and is anxious to start his medical career, in charge of his own practice. It's very enjoyable, with Kinky Kincaid already being in place as the housekeeper, and it offers the chance to see the very beginnings of O'Reilly's relationships with the people in the town. This was fun, and a good "fix" for me until I get to read the next book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This novella fills in some of the back story that occurred when Dr. O'Reilly returns to Ballybucklebo after serving 6 years during World War II. We are introduced to some of the characters that become mainstays in future books.

  5. 3 out of 5

    Peg

    A nice short story about Dr OReiley's first days in his new position. Fun for anyone who is addicted to this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jina Howell-Forbes

    Typical Irish Country Doctor Story. Funny, poignant, historical, story of small town life with wonderful recurring characters. Series must be read in order, so don't start with this one. If you have read others in the series, this is like the others, so no more needs to be said. The series is great for audio book. Great Irish accents and slang usage. This book gets 4 stars instead of 5 because it was too short. Patrick Taylor needs to write more, and much faster.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Jim

    I've heard about this series, so tried this short prequel. It was similar in some ways to James Herriot's books, but without the humor & animals. Well read, but I'm not going to continue listening to the series. This is the wrong edition. I listened to it as an audio book, but one isn't listed & I'm too lazy to add it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Moriarty

    I love Patrick Taylor's Irish Country Doctor series. This was a pleasant "long" short story that explains how the main character ends up being the doctor for Ballybucklebo at the end of WWII. It was a fun and quick read, but now I have to wait until Nov. 2013 for the next full length installment to be published.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bettie☯

    Walking sticks ready Read by Keating. Lagom, adekvat

  10. 3 out of 5

    Judith Irvine

    I enjoyed this but it was too short!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    I love Patrick Taylor I came across Patrick Taylor's name through another favorite author Maeve Binchy. Taylor's Irish Country Doctor series is fun and funny.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Enjoyable novella that describes the return of Dr. O'Reilly to his new medical practice just after he leaves his Naval service in WWII. Kinky is strongly represented in this sweet story, and adds to her appeal.

  13. 3 out of 5

    Diane

    short but satisfying audio book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Very enjoyable. A fine prequel to the Irish Country Doctor series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    I enjoyed this short audio book. I love small town stories about quirky characters. The Irish accent was a bonus!

  16. 3 out of 5

    Sarah

    I am not sure where this book should technically fall in the series. It is considered a "prequel" to the series but I feel that while the story does precede the books, it builds upon the flashbacks developed throughout the other novels. It would turn most readers off of the series if this was the first book that they read. In it's publication order it falls as #7.5 which also does not quite fit in with the two books surrounding it. I am however, a stickler for things being in order and this book I am not sure where this book should technically fall in the series. It is considered a "prequel" to the series but I feel that while the story does precede the books, it builds upon the flashbacks developed throughout the other novels. It would turn most readers off of the series if this was the first book that they read. In it's publication order it falls as #7.5 which also does not quite fit in with the two books surrounding it. I am however, a stickler for things being in order and this book does not quite seem to have a good place as of now in the series. Several of the books are written as flashbacks to Dr. O'Reilly's earlier life and this one seems to fall in after those flashbacks, which are taking place in books 6, 8, and 9. In Home Is The Sailor, we are introduced once again to Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. In this prequel story we come across Dr. O'Reilly as he returns from war and decides to make his home in Ballybucklebo. While he had worked in the practice before, he has now purchased it and must go about making a name for himself in the community. In this short story, we learn about how Dr. O'Reilly established himself and why the waiting room of his surgery is covered with the rose wallpaper that young Dr. Barry Laverty dislikes so much.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Berdena

    Wonderful! Only wish it were longer. Good connection between the other books. Glad we could find IG here when we could not find it in print. Thank you.

  18. 3 out of 5

    Diana

    Re-read 2018 This short story in the Irish Country series looks into the first few months of Dr. O'Reilly's taking over of the practice in Ballybucklebo. He's recently been demobbed, released, from service after the end of the Second World War. The doctor he worked with as an assistant prior to his call-up has since passed, and Dr. O'Reilly has bought the practice from the doctor's estate. It was interesting trying to read about some of the children that you know as new adults in the series. As w Re-read 2018 This short story in the Irish Country series looks into the first few months of Dr. O'Reilly's taking over of the practice in Ballybucklebo. He's recently been demobbed, released, from service after the end of the Second World War. The doctor he worked with as an assistant prior to his call-up has since passed, and Dr. O'Reilly has bought the practice from the doctor's estate. It was interesting trying to read about some of the children that you know as new adults in the series. As well as a little more background to some of the stories told by Dr. O'Reilly and his housekeeper Kinky Kincade, as well as finding out how Kinky got her nickname.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda Kauppi

    "Home is the Sailor" by Patrick Taylor is a short story giving fans of "The Irish Country Doctor"series a glimpse of Dr. O'Reilly's return to the village of Ballybucklebo, following the war. it is a nice little enticement tiding us over until the next full length novel of the series is published (or hopefully another book in the series will be written). This is an ebook readable in a short time.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Fantastic a very good book. He catches you from beginning to end. And makes you want to read more. It is a quaint IRISH town setting about a Dr and his practice and life in Ballybuckleboo. Worth reading you'll get hooked. I have read two other books by Taylor an IRISH country Dr. And an IRISH country village both great. I look forward to reading more in the future. I hope you find it as interesting as I found. excellent.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    A very, very short story about Dr. O'Reilly coming home from WW II and trying to establish his medical practice. This story has the warmth that all the Irish Country Doctor stories have. As well as presenting the problems of starting a practice, this short story introduces many of the infamous personalities in the town, as well as the beloved Kinky Kincaid, housekeeper and cook extraordinaire for the Dear Doctors.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alaine

    My local Library did not have a hard copy of this "Irish Country" story, they only had it on CD. So instead of reading this, I've listened to it. It was a shorter story than usual, but enjoyable none the less. Hearing the words pronounced in a lovely Irish brogue was wonderful. If I find a hard copy, I would be happy to read the story just to say I have.

  23. 3 out of 5

    Jean Marie

    In the same realm as the rest of the series but a short story that gives insight into the doctor's transition into his practice after he is demobilized from the WWII Navy.It's fun to see the Irish language that author Taylor liberally sprinkles through all these books.

  24. 3 out of 5

    Chris Porter

    After the disappointment of The Wily O'Reilly, this one reminded me of why I like Patrick Taylor's books. This was a short story which is not my favorite type of reading, but I really enjoyed it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Liz Waters

    Breath of Fresh Air In the spirit of "Doc Martin" and "Ballykissangel", this story is a breath of frsh air with an Irish lilt to its tone. Enjoyed it immensely.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Jennifer Morefield

    A good short prequel. The dialect writing and vocabulary made it a wee bit difficult to understand.

  27. 3 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A cute little additional story added to a great series. Wished it was longer!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Betty Strohecker

    This short story tells of O'Reilly's return from the war and setting up his practice in Ballybucklebo.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Wonderful short story to listen to in an afternoon!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Hit the spot on a day I wanted to visit and old friend and get a new little story of his life!

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