Doctor Lark – The benefits of a medical education

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Doctor LarkDoctor Lark is the story of Bill Larkworthy, a British-born doctor whose recollections, delightful vignettes and keen observations (medical and otherwise) make this a funny and vivid account of how a medical education provided a passport to the world. In 20 years as a doctor with the RAF in Germany, Cyprus, Malaysia and England, he met and treated Gurkhas, SAS commandos, serving and retired aircrew and an assortment of characters. Head-hunted for Saudi Arabia, he experienced the zenith and nadir of his career – treating the King and the Saudi Royal Family and being thrown in jail on trumped up charges. He moved to the Persian Gulf and established a clinic where his patients included the celebrated Arabian explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger among the many memorable characters whose foibles and fantasies, frailties and strengths bring these pages alive.

Dr Larkworthy’s recall, delightful vignettes, keen observations – medical and otherwise – and hilarious accounts make this a page-turner and a marvellous account of the way he used his medical education as a passport to the world and an exciting career as a doctor. Bill Larkworthy now lives with his wife amid the vines in Provence.


“Interesting and well-written… a winner” — Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence

“If you’re interested in Dubai, or in medicine, or just in rattling good tales, then this is a great book” — Andrew Taylor, author of The World of Gerard Mercator

“A fast-paced and most entertaining read” — Jean Sasson, author of Growing up Bin Laden

“…fascinating… yes, I did enjoy this read…” — Trish Simpson-Davis, ‘The Bookbag’. Read more…


Could raising the cap on student tuition fees in the UK spell the end of the expat experience, wonders Bill Larkworthy.

“It was Christmas, about 45 years ago, and I was experiencing the wintry blasts on a nuclear RAF station in northern Germany – at minus 20C, the Cold War was living up to its name. I was duty doctor and was pleasantly relaxed after consuming an ample Christmas dinner when an urgent call came from station sick quarters. ‘Come quickly, Sir, there’s been a suicide!'” Read more