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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447226011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447226017
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,685 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 By Clare on 22 Aug. 2005
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.
Sequals are available
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dolphin TOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Jun. 2012
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The sequel to the hugely successful All Creatures Great and Small: "If Only They Could Talk" and "It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet" does not disappoint. James Alfred Wight (writing under the pen name of James Herriot) gives us another funny, loving, entertaining, enlightening, delightful look into the life of a country vet.

This time the narrative is less direct and instead we get a series of short stories (not always in strict chronological order) still vibrant with the sometimes infuriating personalities of both men and beasts, and alive with Herriot's deep love of the Dales and the challenging job he has embraced. One of my all-time favourite literary characters features in several of the anecdotes: the smooth, classy, unflappable, effortlessly brilliant Grenville Bennett, with his immaculate surgery, and his elegant, gorgeous wife whom James is destined to always meet while in the reduced state of a gibbering idiot. The spectre of WW2 hangs over the land and the book ends with one last successful intervention on a dog before James is called to arms.

If you enjoyed the first book, you will most likely love this sequel. There is a little more factual detail on the veterinary side of things but the same infectious humour prevails and the funny bits are still hilarious even when we know what's coming. A classic, suitable for everyone, and which has stood the test of time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. G. O'connell on 17 Sept. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By liz campbell on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. S. Price on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James Pilgrim on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By njs on 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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By Kitty on 10 Jan. 2011
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I bought these entertaining books for an elderly relation thinking they would enjoy reading them again having enjoyed them many years ago when the TV programmes were on. I can't wait to borrow them myself as I too remember them as being well written, amusing and painting a clear picture of the pleasures and difficulties of being a vet all those decades ago.
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