Author goes back to his roots for book launch

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The book - which tells the continuing story of a rural GP in the fictional village of Collintrae as he moves from country doctor to international businessman, running pharmaceutical research for a multinational company - is the third in his trilogy.

The first book, “A Seaside Practice” was a top ten Scottish bestseller and has run to several reprints, followed by “Going Loco”, which included tales of exploits as a locum doctor in the Hebridean Islands.

The new book, “Medic on the Move” will launch officially in a special signing at Craigiemains Home and Garden Centre, Ballantrae 19 September from 2.00- 4.00pm.

Dr Tom explains: “A Seaside Practice and Going Loco have proven very popular with people locally, I’ve built up quite a following and it’s really thanks to their encouragement and repeated requests for more stories that I’ve written this book. Of course, although the books are fictional, without my former patients and friends in the area, I wouldn’t have had the inspiration to write them in the first place. And right from the start, Craigiemains have been incredibly supportive of me as a local author, helping me promote the books to locals and tourists alike so it’s only fitting that I’m having my first signing in the village where it all began.”

When he isn’t writing novels, Dr Tom still works as a medical journalist, with regular slots on the Kaye Adams show on BBC Radio Scotland. A keen participant in the Ballantrae Smugglers Festival, he enjoys travelling, spending time with his family and challenging his friends to a regular game of golf.

Signed copies of Medic on the Move, printed by Solway Offset Publishing in Dumfries, will be available at the book signing on 19 September and thereafter through Craigiemains Garden Centre. He will also be doing a signing at Waterstones in Ayr on 3 October at 2.00pm and they are on sale at The Old Bank Bookshop and The Bookshop in Wigtown, and in the tent at the Wigtown Book Festival from 25 September until 4 October.