Hi! I’m Barrie Lawrence, author, speaker, retired dental surgeon and bookseller. I love life, and I love to write. I am told that my enthusiastic approach to life – my joie de vivre – comes through in my writing. And so often in the everyday happenings of life, there is humour, if we can but see it. Perhaps not taking myself too seriously at times helps in that respect. We need to laugh at ourselves at times.
I love people, and during my career as a dental surgeon, I certainly met a huge variety of people. I am not sure they all loved me. Well, it’s not natural to love someone who sticks needles in you, and pulls parts of your body away. Or who drills inside your mouth. But people are like a rich, beautiful, multi-coloured tapestry passing through our lives, and I try to enjoy the beauty, and ignore any other stuff. Much of my writing is about people; people who lost their false teeth down the toilet, and the couple who shared a set of false teeth – and others who caused me to smile.
How did I come to write books? Well, I blame the Women’s Institute! I was asked to speak at a W.I. meeting. ‘Dentistry’ was the subject, and I bored them to tears. Until I mentioned the teeth that were lost down the toilet, and suddenly the place came alive. I received more invitations to speak, and simply related humorous stories from my days training as a dentist, and my time in the surgery. “You should write a book,.” I was told. And so I did, though my first one was nothing to do with dentistry.
I had gone to University looking for fun. And my definition of fun was parties, girls, beer, etc. I was quite upfront about being an atheist, and yet was seriously challenged when someone told me that ‘Jesus had changed their life’. He was training to be a doctor, but I felt he ought to see one. And quick. However, It caused me to seriously investigate ‘God’, and that led to a life-changing experience. Three of my books are on the Christian faith – what it is, and some rather amazing experiences.
Three of my books are light anecdotal, but full of humour, as well as some facts about teeth and dentists. People tell me they laugh out loud whilst reading them. Great!
And one book is about my love of Norfolk, the county where I was born, and where I have spent most of my life. It was the immediate post-war period, and I relate some of my childhood adventures and romances. The accent lends itself to amusing misunderstandings, and Normal for Norfolk says a lot about us Norfolk county people. And there are punchy historical facts about Boudicca, Nelson, Bernard Matthews, the broads, kippers – and a thousand other interesting things. I think you will love reading Big Blue Sky – a Celebration of Norfolk!
I have not written a block-buster. Yet! Or maybe it has just not been recognised. Yet! A Dentist’s Story sells more than the rest put together, and more are sold in North America than in the UK where I live. And I write a blog fairly regularly, which is part of this site.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org I try to reply to all emails promptly. Comments, suggestions, ideas, etc. are always welcome. Or just email me to say ‘Hello’. Maybe I’ll hear from you soon.