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All Things Bright and Beautiful: The classic memoirs of a Yorkshire country vet (James Herriot 2) [Paperback]

James Herriot
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17 Jan 2013 James Herriot 2

The second volume of memoirs from the author who inspired the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small

Now settled into the sleepy Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and married to Helen the farmer’s daughter, James Herriot thinks he’s finally got himself sorted. But life as a vet in the 1930s was never going to be easy. Quite aside from his unpredictable colleagues, brother Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, he must contend with new-fangled medical techniques, delivering calves after far too much home-made wine, and a grudge-holding dog called Magnus who never forgets. And then, with Britain on the verge of war, James faces a decision that could separate him from Darrowby – and Helen – for ever…

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 Things Bright and Beautiful is a heart-warming story of determination, love and companionship from one of Britain’s best-loved authors.


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (17 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447226011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447226017
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,563 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing!!! 22 Aug 2005
By Clare
Format:Paperback
This book is a collection of short stories about the life and work of the vet James Herriot. These stories, which lead on from each other, are both about looking after farm animals in cold fields, and dealing with both pet animals and their owners in the surgery and in the owners homes.
All things bright and beautiful will either put you off ever wanting to be a vet or will make you want to be a vet. It glamourises being up in the middle of the night, standing in freezing cold fields and not being able to save people's pets. When this was first published there was a massive increase in the number of people applying to study at university to be vets.
It is a hugely funny book. You can not help but laugh at every small detail and you have great sympathy for Herriot in his struggles. His wit never fails, even when he recalls being squashed behind a bull.
All Creatures Great and Small is the title the book was published under in America. In England it was called Vet in Harness.
I would recomend this book to everyone even if they think that it is not their thing. I did not think I would like it and was supprised. It was very popular at one time and was made in to a TV series for a reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like a laugh and a cry read James Herriot 17 Sep 2013
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James Herriot's stories can bring simple joy in an otherwise hectic world, I have lost count of the times I've read these stories but they still make me laugh
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good light hearted read 29 Nov 2013
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These books are so very readable when you need a rest and some light relief. They always have a feel good factor
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous and touching at the same time 8 Mar 2013
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As a nation of animal lovers you cant help to be touched by some of the stories in this book, which take you back to a bygone age of traditional Yorkshire Hill and Dale farming. There are stories too which are just downright funny, and give you a good belly laugh. All in all a good book by a man who clearly loved the work and area in which he found himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book 7 Feb 2013
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We already had a hardcopyof this lovely book,but as it was one of our alltime favpourites, we wanted it on our Kindle paperwhite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His books are the prefect read 4 Jan 2013
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The descriptions of the Yorkshire landscape down to the stone walls are so good you feel like you are there with him. If you like animals and enjoy the countryside then you will enjoy his books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 Jun 2014
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Excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as before 25 Jun 2014
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Reliving my younger years with these books. Just as good as before
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5.0 out of 5 stars james herriott
Really good book. In good condition. Really funny.stories. Would recommend it. Bought the rest of the series. As described in advert.
Published 1 month ago by Dei
5.0 out of 5 stars James Herriot
have read all his books and have always enjoyed them, sometimes sad and sometimes very funny. Great read , always re-readable
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Sylvia Woolmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
I read this series many years ago, and recently wanted something lighter to read. I had forgotten what a good story this is. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This is such happy easy reading. A man who so obviously loves his job. Its all been said before but it really is a "feel good" book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real Pleasure!
Fantastic! Although I was an avid fan of the TV series, Having seen seen those productions, did not reduce the pleasure of reading James Herriot's (or James White in real life)... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Clive Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I am re-reading the James Herriot stories after 30 years. They're marvellous and I would recommend these books to anybody who loves animals and social history.
Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars A real in site into how things used to be ,and the personalities are...
I Loved it .A blast from the past when times were hard but people were soft and got on with all lifes troubles
Published 5 months ago by IRENE SAUNDERS
3.0 out of 5 stars TO BE A VET
AS A LOVER OF ANIMALS ON OUR COUNTRY SIDE IS GREAT TO READ A BOOK ABOUT CARING SICK ANIMALS IT IS WELL EASY TO UNDERSTAND. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Kevin W. Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining book.
As always, easy to download. An excellent easy-read book to take on holiday. Amusing book that can be read over and over again.
Published 13 months ago by Cookie
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