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Norfolk ex-dentist extracts lots of good humour

Well-known Norfolk author, blogger, storyteller and former dentist Dr Barrie Lawrence takes readers on a James Bond-fuelled journey in his recent book Licensed to Drill - Dentist on the Loose!"  Review by Kevin Gotts.

Cleverly playing on the credentials of the legendary British spy, Barrie (pictured above) has weaved an adventure with anecdotes and intrigue from stories across some 40 years’ service as a dental surgeon.

This is book number five and the third which comprises light, dental anecdotes. Besides humour, he delves deeper into the history of the everyday workings of dentistry to reinforce his stories of Heroes, Villains and Memorable Others - all written in his engaging and entertaining style.

The tooth sleuth tells of a surprise find in a farmer’s mouth during a routine X-ray and asks, “Have you been shot? With a gun that is?”  With wide-eyed amazement he responded, “Cor, how do you know that?  It was a glancing off shot from a blighter firing out of the trees some ten years ago?”
The movie “Goldeneye” helped ignite requests from customers looking to use gold as a material for restoring teeth and for others to display a glint of gold.  Barrie decided to visit the old Soviet Union to see the excesses of upper front teeth crowned with gold and recalls being “followed by our faithful KGB tail – so I kept my mouth well and truly shut,” Barrie confesses.

Barrie tells of Chris and Jane, new patients whom he gelled with instantly, and whom owned a thriving double-glazing business.  Jane was suffering badly with tooth pain and Chris said to Barrie, “Stop the pain as soon as possible and tell us all that needs doing, and we’ll come back, as we are very busy people.” There was extensive work required and he quoted £4,250 which Jane responded as sounding awfully expensive. Chris responded, “Expensive? No way. Your mouth is like two windows. The bill is what we get for two windows!”

Barrie has a strong moral compass, reinforced by his Christian faith, and like Bond is hospitable to all he comes across.  This book will be loved by his growing following of loyal readers. 

Available from Jarrolds and Amazon.

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