Patrick Taylor (author)
Patrick Taylor is a retired medical researcher, professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia, and best-selling novelist.
Born in 1941 and brought up in Bangor, Northern Ireland, Taylor studied and practiced medicine in Belfast and rural Ulster before immigrating to Canada in 1970 to work in the field of human infertility. From 1987-1989 he worked at the Bourn Hall Fertility Clinic in association with 2010 Nobel Laureate Sir Robert Edwards. Taylor has received three lifetime achievement awards including the Lifetime Award of Excellence in Reproductive Medicine of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society .
He has written or contributed to 170 academic papers and six textbooks and also served as editor-in-chief of the Canadian Obstetrics and Gynaecology Journal, as well as writing several medical humour columns and serving as book reviewer for Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour .
Taylor has published more than a dozen works of creative writing, all set in Northern Ireland. He wrote a short story collection entitled Only Wounded: Ulster Stories, the novel Pray for Us Sinners and its sequel Now and in the Hour of Our Death, and The Apprenticeship of Doctor Laverty (short listed for the BC Book awards fiction prize 2005). In 2007 Tom Doherty and Associates republished 'The Apprenticeship of Doctor Laverty' in hardcover as 'An Irish Country Doctor'. It was 'Book of the Month Club's' Novel of the Month in March 2007. It reached the New York Times bestseller list and achieved Canadian bestseller status after trade paperback release in 2008. It has been translated into thirteen other languages. Four sequels--An Irish Country Village (March 2008), An Irish Country Christmas (October 2008), An Irish Country Girl (October 2009), and An Irish Country Courtship (October 2010)--appeared within two years; all have achieved Canadian best-seller status. When An Irish Country Christmas appeared in mass market paperback in 2010 it reached No 17 on the New York Times and 86 on the USA Today bestseller lists. The prequel A Dublin Student Doctor was published in October 2011, An Irish Country Wedding was published in October 2012, and Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor was published in October 2013. The Wily O'Reilly: Irish Country Stories was published in February 2014. An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War was published in October 2014.
An earlier work, written with TF Baskett, titled The Complete Anthology of En Passant 1989-1999, is a collection of their shared humour columns.
Taylor now lives on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada, where he has completed the tenth book in the Irish Country series and has started work on book eleven.