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All Creatures Great and Small: The classic memoirs of a Yorkshire country vet (James Herriot 1) [Paperback]

James Herriot
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17 Jan 2013 James Herriot 1

The inspiration for the BBC series of the same name

Fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, to the young James Herriot 1930s Yorkshire seems to offers an idyllic pocket of rural life in a rapidly changing world. But from his erratic new colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, to incomprehensible farmers, herds of semi-feral cattle, a pig called Nugent and an overweight Pekingese called Tricki Woo, James find he is on a learning curve as steep as the hills around him. And when he meets Helen, the beautiful daughter of a local farmer, all the training and experience in the world can’t help him…

Since they were first published, James Herriot’s memoirs have sold millions of copies and entranced generations of animal lovers. Charming, funny and touching, All Creatures Great and Small is a heart-warming story of determination, love and companionship from one of Britain’s best-loved authors.

'I grew up reading James Herriot's books and I'm delighted that thirty years on, they are still every bit as charming, heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny as they were then' Kate Humble


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Product details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (17 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447225996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447225997
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JAMES HERRIOT grew up in Glasgow and qualified as a veterinary surgeon at Glasgow Veterinary College. Shortly afterwards, he took up a position as an assistant in a North Yorkshire practice where he remained, with the exception of his wartime service in the RAF, until his death in 1995.

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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

About the Author

James Herriot grew up in Glasgow and qualified as a veterinary surgeon at Glasgow Veterinary College. Shortly afterwards he took up a position as an assistant in a North Yorkshire practice where he remained, with the exception of his wartime service in the RAF, until his death in 1995.

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great place to start! 12 July 2005
By Mark M
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This is a good place to start if you are yet to read a book by this author. I first read it when I was a teenager and three decades later I am still enjoying Herriot's books from time to time. He takes the reader into a place and a life that strikes me as one I would love to be a part of. He offers the reader inciteful tales of humour, hardship, humanity and wisdom in the rich seasonal landscape of rural North Yorkshire. I cannot think of a negative word to say about this author. He is a rare gem who never disappoints. James Herriot has left a legacy that will continue to bring joy and peace to those who have the good fortune to pick up his books. Although not intended or regarded as works of high literature his books rest happily on my shelf alongside other lofty tombs! Many thanks Mr Herriot.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All creatures great and small 25 Aug 2004
Format:Paperback
The James Herriot series of books have given me endless hours of enjoyment. Having seen the television programmes based on these stories I was prepared to be disappointed with the written version, but I was unprepared for the quality of writing skill used. Having read the Gervase Phinn books, about a school inspector in the Dales, I was delighted to find a similar style of writing. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys reading an honest account of life for a vet, during the 1930s.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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James Herriot (aka Alf Wight) first had these wonderfully warm and funny stories of life as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales published in the 1970's and they have stood the test of time. They spawned 2 feature films and a long running BBC TV series with Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy and Peter Davison, but for the real deal read this book - the first two novels rolled into one and bask in the characters, the heartwarming stories and the bizarre animal tales. I've no doubt James Herriot's writing inspired a generation of kids to become vets, and no doubt there is plenty of artistic licence in the books, but they take you to a better world. A marvellous read.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical Excellence 1 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I read Herriot's "If only they could talk" (in Indonesian translation) when I was 10 years old in Indonesia. It gave me an unforgettable impression of the beauty of life. A life that's full of variation, dynamics, and humors at each part. It was one of my favourite books for the next 20 years! After the era of Internet, I tried to find the English version. What I got is this book, "All Creatures Great and Small", which is the expansion of "If Only". Funny, the book gave the same impression as if it's the first time I read it, the same feeling that our life is great, beautiful, dan humourous. The book has its role to form my philosophy of life. Read it, you'll see what I mean. (Another great thing is that now I live in the country of Herriot)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Abridged Why? 12 Mar 2013
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I love the vet books. I have read them so many times I kow what is coming in the next chapter. I was excited that I could get them on my Kindle. and purchased All Creatures Great ans Small. But they appear to have been abridged some of the stories are missing. I went back to look at my books to make sure I was not getting my books mixed up. No they are definitely abridged so a little dissappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 1st book by James herriot 20 Sep 2012
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I bought this book in 1972 and as a Veterinary nurse in a veterinary Hospital that was open 365 days a year and 24/7 I found it delightful and at times extremely funny. The first book that ever made me "laugh out loud", it was at times also sad and I found it very easy to empathise with the characters. I worked at the time with a female version of James Herriot so I could understand the situations that arose in the surgery and out on visits. His books will always be my favourites that I go back to when I need a laugh or even a cry.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 5 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
What can I say, refreshing and humorous, makes delightful reading. James Herriot brings together a sutle style and an imposing background that really gives you the feel of what the dear vet was experiencing, a must for all!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warmingly old-fashioned 18 Aug 2014
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is a heart-warmingly nostalgic book as Herriot takes us back to 1930s Yorkshire and his first days as a newly-qualified vet. Be warned, though, for all its cosiness, this doesn’t avoid the blood and guts, often quite literally, of the job – not a book to read over lunch!

So a gentle, cosy, easy read which has real heart – and some of the stories (the old dog with cancer) had me frantically blinking the tears away on the tube... a lovely book.
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Fab book, great characters, brill stories and all set in lovely Yorkshire countryside…what could be better
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The book had me laughing quite often. Very interesting, a page turner and I wished it didn't end. Will be buying the next James Herriot book right away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely delightful
Such a beautiful book! James Herriot had a superb talent for bringing things alive - you really can feel yourself in Yorkshire Dales, not to mention failing in love with his... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
Truly a classic. Funny, witty and insightful. Have read this again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love a James Herriot Book
I love a James Herriot Book. I read them all years ago and have just started reading them again. They still make me laugh.
Published 1 month ago by B A Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
If you love the countryside and animals, this is your perfect read. Written in a language anyone can understand. Great.
Published 2 months ago by doris
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
The books by James Herriot are always a brilliant read being funny and at times rather sad, always entertaining. Highly recommended
Published 2 months ago by Mr Andrew N Davey
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