“A Life in two lands” by Tim Koelmeyer FRACS,FRCPA.”
Book Launch, November 11th, 2011
Report by Ruthraj Edwards, NZ
I was at the book launch of Tim’s book titled “A life in two lands” on Saturday.Ten years after retirement Tim has written his story in his own inimitable style. The book is his story of life in Ceylon and in New Zealand from 1972, when he arrived here as a young surgical registrar.This is certainly not my book review as I have not finished reading it yet but would certainly recommend it to our batch mates. The book is in two parts, the first 8 chapters are dedicated to life in Ceylon and New Zealand and the rest of the book is an interesting array of murder cases in which Tim was involved as Forensic Pathologist attached to the Auckland medical school.Tim was held in great esteem by his students,especially his “Breakfast club” attended by many interested medical students during which a post mortem examination was demonstrated at 7 AM each morning with clinico pathological correlation of the cause of death..He excelled in this as he also trained as a surgeon prior to settling in as a pathologist. Many of his previous students ,now clinicians in their own right , attended the launch and one in particular was Dinesh Ratnapala FRACS, Mahilal Ratnapala’s son w ho is now a surgeon in Cairns, Australia. It was a pleasure to meet with Mahilal at the launch, who came all the way from Brisbane especially to grace the occasion.I think we should be proud of his work, as batch mate, as a teacher and as a forensic pathologist in New Zealand.
A life in two lands. The autobiography of a surgeon/ forensic pathologist. Timothy David Koelmeyer FRACS,FRCPA. ISBN 978-0-473-40447-5. www.maryegan.co.nz.
Editorial Update 11/23/17:
My book, A LIFE IN TWO WORLDS (ISBN 978 0 473 40447 5) is now available at the following book store in Auckland:
They will accept international orders using online shopping. I understand payment can be made using Pay Pal and over the phone. The website is very easy to navigate and the folk who run the store are most helpful.
I would be greatly obliged if you would bring this to the attention of the BATCH ’64 members.
With kind regards
Thanks Timothy, Eddie and Mahilal for the updates.I am sure the batch mates will enjoy reading your book