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Paramedic stories win an IPPY

July 05th, 2021

Retired paramedic and author Graeme Taylor has won a bronze medal in the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards for A Paramedic’s Tales: Hilarious, Horrible and Heartwarming True Stories (Harbour Publishing $24.95).

This B.C. bestseller was selected for the Best Regional Non-Fiction category.

Taylor’s stories range from the humorous to the horrific, which he recounts from his 21 years working as a paramedic in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland, the B.C. Interior and Victoria. His true stories are both gritty and uncensored, yet the compassion and courage shown by his co-workers, patients and even the strangers he encountered weave a stirring motif through the collection.

From the near-daily task of deciding whether to send someone to the ER or the drunk tank, to the occasional miracle, to the just plain ridiculous, readers will gain insight into everyday life in emergency medicine.


Each year since 1996, the Independent Publisher Book Awards have identified a reading list of progressive, thought-provoking books, the kind that can touch lives, advance careers, and stretch the imagination. The “IPPY” Awards, as they have become known, showcase the best books from throughout North America and the English-speaking world in a broad range of styles and subjects.

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