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by Martina Evans
Martina Evans is an Irish poet and novelist living in London. The youngest of ten children, she grew up in a small village in County Cork in a pub, shop and petrol station.
Martina Evans is an Irish poet and novelist living in London. She is the author of three published novels, the first novel Midnight Feast (Sinclair-Stevenson 1996) which won a Betty Trask Award, The Glass Mountain (Sinclair-Stevenson 1997) and No Drinking, No Doctors, No Dancing Martina Evans is an Irish poet and novelist living in London.
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A doctor couldn’t sign a death certificate unless the dead person was under his care and, as everyone knew, Louis Kingston could hardly be under doctor’s care when he was a. .He said that doctors were a load of money merchants.
A doctor couldn’t sign a death certificate unless the dead person was under his care and, as everyone knew, Louis Kingston could hardly be under doctor’s care when he was a Poleite. Of course, if Joe Costello hadn’t signed the death certificate, the body would have been taken into the courthouse for an autopsy. There were many people (with and without medical cards) who were inclined to agree with him and yet no one could forget Beulah’s son John. John had died in 1972 under a beech tree, three-quarters of the way up Kingston’s long winding avenue. He had blood poisoning and he could just as easily have lived.
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In her late 60s, Beulah Kingston is still tall, black-haired and headstrong. Born a Poleite (no drinking, dancing or doctors) and married a Poleite, her life has tested a simple faith and the King James Bible to the limit. Now she faces the prospect of hospital and an X-ray for the first time.
The book's eponymous villain was influenced by Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu .
The book's eponymous villain was influenced by Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu stories. Fleming's inspiration for the Doctor No character was Sax Rohmer's villain Dr Fu Manchu, who featured in books Fleming had read and enjoyed in earlier years. Aspects of the plot were influenced by Rohmer's work, and Winder observes that the use of the centipede was "a straight steal" from a Fu Manchu novel; other devices from Rohmer's . His conversation with Doctor No reveals that the latter believes it can only be secured through the privacy required to maintain the sovereignty of his island.
Born a Poleite (no drinking, dancing or doctors) and married a Poleite, her life ha.This book was a present. I like it so much that I have sat up late at night on the stairs, reading after everyone else is asleep! I then bought it for my friends, who did the same. The story is about an elderly women,Beulah, who was brought up in a strict Protesant sect amid rural Irish Catholics. They dont believe in conventional medicine or alcohol ( hence the title) She falls in love with the doctors son, but her fantasy about him is kept in her head. She gets a passion for scented soap flakes and washing, as no perfume is allowed.