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The original stories featuring A. J. Cronin's much-loved Scottish country doctor.

Dr Finlay's Casebook brings together Adventures of a Black Bag and Dr Finlay of Tannochbrae, A. J. Cronin's two hugely popular collections featuring his most famous creation, Dr Finlay.

Set in and around the fictional Scottish town of Levenford and village of Tannochbrae during the interwar years, the stories found here are heartwarming, funny and touching, full of fascinating characters and unforgettable encounters.

Made famous by the much-loved adaptations for radio and television, the classic tales of Dr Finlay, his senior colleague, Dr Cameron, and their unruffled housekeeper, Janet, remain as fresh and entertaining now as they were upon first publication.

©1969 A. J. Cronin (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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The second volume not Cronin’s best

This audiobook covers two very different books. The first volume is more typical of what you’d expect if you’d watched the old BBC series (b&w!). There are witty observations on Scottish life, though based more in the industrial city of Levenford (Dumbarton) than in the heathery hills of Tannochbrae.
Finlay doesn’t have a first name - except “Doctor” - Cameron isn’t nearly as beneficent as his TV persona; he’s rather lazy and scheming, hypochondriacal and he shows a stereotypical attitude to £sd.
Janet is younger and less contented with her lot as skivvy to Dr Cameron, and Finlay really is hopeless when it comes to women- luckily he’s quicker on the uptake where medicine is concerned! Some of his (fairly) well intentioned behaviour would now have him investigated by the GMC!
The second part is a continuing story of one of Finlay’s disastrous relationships with women. We learn that the young doctor is a Catholic (TV omitted this, sectarianism having been a significant blot on Scottish life in the era of the stories and continuing when the series was made. I don’t think viewers furth of Scotland would have understood anyway.)
It’s harmless easy listening though.
I didn’t like the narrator at first but he grew on me.

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Stories not in sequence

Was fed up sbout hearing of his love affairs, not in sequence as he would have married after first one (don't know why he didn't). Would have preferred to have heard about his medical cases. Too much love life and too little about medicine. Narration was okay but generally, it was not right for people who remember Andrew Cruickshank and Bill Simpson.