During a romp through sex and society Bill Larkworthy explores the adverse effects of religion on what is a normal human biological function. Surprisingly he questions the sexuality of Good Queen Bess and also wonders if Freud's teachings were influenced by his attraction, at a tender age, to his beautiful mother. With amusement he recounts the antics of the British Royal Family and various celebrities during the Regency. He turns to doctoring and treats us to tales from his long and varied career; fortunately he used his medical qualifications as a passport to an exciting career of twenty years in the British airforce followed by twenty five years in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf. He harvested entertaining stories as he went along, tells them with a twinkle in his eye and then enlightens us with a variety of subjects...a history of wet nursing, why van Gogh cut off his ear, asks if Mother Nature is a good parent and gives a sensitive account of French Resistance fighters in the region in which he lives, Mont Ventoux, during World War II. He advises the West that, whatever else it does, it should never invade Afghanistan and he also gives sound advice on how to deal with your life in your seventies and eighties. It is transparent that Bill Larkworthy writes for pleasure, a pleasure he readily shares with his readers.
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Bill Larkworthy has been dogged by good luck throughout his life.* Born of a modest background he had the luck to attend an excellent grammar school, was lucky enough to get into Medical School in London, the prestigious University College Hospital and qualified as a doctor more years ago than he cares to remember. After internships he joined the Medical Branch of the Royal Air Force, was lucky enough to be selected for specialist training, qualified as a consultant and then as a gastroenterologist. He left the RAF after 20 years when was head hunted to become a consultant at the Middle East's most celebrated hospital, the King Faisal Hospital and Research in Riyadh the capital of Saudi Arabia, he treated many members of the royal family, including the King and after five years moved to the Persian Gulf where he worked for another 20 years. Luckily, for him, he used his medical qualifications as a passport to an exciting and varied career...a career upon which he reflects as he sits in the house he discovered by sheer luck, among the vines of Provence, reflects on his life and takes an occasional sip of Cotes du Rhone Villages rouge. *Bill Larkworthy believes you can, if you are lucky, make your own luck.
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