- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (17 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447225996
- ISBN-13: 978-1447225997
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
All Creatures Great and Small: The classic memoirs of a Yorkshire country vet (James Herriot 1) Paperback – 17 Jan 2013
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"The attraction of Herriot's ever popular memoirs of a country vet...is their alternating highs and lows, humour and pathos, and gripping anecdotes about delivering lambs, grumpy farmers, hypochondriac pet-owners, stroppy cows and blunt Yorkshire characters. And, of course, there's a powerful nostalgia element in these stories about our green and pleasant land in the day before the ravages of ribbon development."--Daily Mail
"On original release in the 1970s, James Herriot's insights into the life of a working vet were so popular and enchanting to readers that the area of the Yorkshire Dales in which he practised became known as 'James Herriot country'."
--Yorkshire Ridings magazine
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Set in the late thirties onwards, these hilarious anecdotes (loosely based on real-life events) relate the adventures and misadventures of a city-bred, newly-qualified vet who settles down to his first paying job in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales, where life is tough, men are tougher, money is short, and animals are mostly viewed as commodities and crops. James Herriot gets properly stuck in and finds that being a good vet is only part of the job. Siegfried Farnon, his jovial but mercurially unpredictable boss, requires careful handling, the local farmers would test the patience of a saint, and when Siegfried's younger brother Tristan comes home to help with the practice, tensions between the brothers soon escalate until James is unwittingly caught in the middle of some pretty serious domestic warfare. As if his life weren't already full, romance beckons but the path of true love is, as always, strewn with difficulties.
The narrative is delightful, a perfect mix of humour and moving realism as the young vet's initially diffident and hostile clients gradually begin to accept the outsider (and a Scot to boot) and his difficult and often uncomfortable work starts to bring its own rewards. A heart-warming book suitable for absolutely everyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is much more than a biography. It is a lesson of true and mind-opening life .Published 1 month ago by alessandro mazzucco
This is the only book I've got to read yet and it's very good.Published 1 month ago by Geraldine Doyle
Fabulous all of his books.. so funny and wonderfully written and all about animals and the countryside what could be better?, perfect. XXXPublished 1 month ago by margritking
I was surprised and disappointed when I turned over the page and found I had got to the end. Obviously written with a love of countryside and the human race, so a very satisfying... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Edis
Hysterically funny book...read all james herriot novels countless timesPublished 2 months ago by susan chantrell
Having read this book years ago it is still a very easy and funny book. Looking forward to catching up with the other books in the series.Published 3 months ago by boats
A timeless read. Herriot always makes you feel like you're there with him. I first read this some twenty years ago and enjoyed it just as much today as then. On to number 2!Published 3 months ago by Ian
Well written, gives you an idea what a hectic life it is being a vet. Down to earth and not without humour.Published 3 months ago by Big Ron