Patrick Taylor is a medical researcher 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. He 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 a monthly medical humour column and serving as book reviewer for Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour .
Taylor has also published six books of creative writing, all set in Northern Ireland: a short-story collection entitled Only Wounded: Ulster Stories, and three novels: 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 NY., NY republished 'The Apprenticeship of Doctor Laverty'in hard back as 'An Irish Country Doctor'. It was 'Book of the Month Club's' Novel of the Month in March 2007. It went NY Times best seller, and repeated this, and achieved Canadian best seller status after trade paper release in 2008. It has currently been translated into nine other languages. Two sequels 'An Irish Country Village' March 2008, and 'An Irish Country Christmas' Oct 2008, have appeared or will appear in 2008.He is presently completing book 4 in the series.
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 in Cootehall, County Roscommon, Ireland.