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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447226089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447226086
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,920 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

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Further veterinary tales from the Yorkshire Dales

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 10 Jun. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is the last book written by James Herriot - actually James Alfred Wight (1916-95). James, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, qualified as a veterinarian at 23 years of age, and quickly fell with his new location of Yorkshire. Beginning in 1970, James began to write books, reaching into his years of experience as a vet, and spinning out enthralling and entertaining stories of things that did happen and things that might have happened on the Yorkshire Dales.
As I said, this book was James's last, being published in 1992. In it, we read adventures of a country vet, doing battle against disease, hypochondriac pet-owners, uncooperative animals, the weather, other vets, and...just about everything. This is another great James Herriot - All Creatures book, one that I loved as much as the earlier books. If you like good storytelling, or are interested in veterinarians, then you will love this book. It is a gently humorous story that is sure to entertain all. I highly recommend it!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Deborah A. O'reilly on 15 May 2002
Format: Paperback
James Herriot has not failed his reading public with these wonderful stories. There are the many familiar characters as well as new ones especially the veterinary assistants employed by the growing practice. I found it particularly interesting how he compares modern veterinary drugs and treatments with the ones he used when he was a young vet and how the farming world of even this quiet seemingly untouched part of Britain is changing. But all the best ingredients which have made his books loved throughout the world, the warmth, the concern for all living things and a quirky, British humour are to be found in this last book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman VINE VOICE on 3 Jun. 2004
Format: Paperback
The late Alf Wight aka James Herriot left a legacy of books that excites readers to this day (and I presume will do so for decades more.) His gentle, self-deprecating style of humor and the portraits of the Yorkshire Dales farmers and country people are amusing and interesting.
The four books, named after a hymn "All Creatures Great and Small" are joined by this fifth volume with similar stories. James (as Alf called himself) now has his own practice in Skeldale House, is married with two kids. The stories are very similar to the first four, with goof-ups, miracles, and funny tales. Somehow, these stories are not quite as hilarious as the first set, possibly because Mr. Herriot had written up most of the good stuff, or to represent the seriousness of raising two kids and having his own practice and being a settled man rather than a raw youth just out on his own.
Nonetheless, if you lapped up all the "Creature" books, as I did, and you mourn the loss of Dr. Wight, who passed away in the 90's, then you will want to read these stories and vicariously enjoy more of the daily life of a country vet
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daisy on 2 Jan. 2014
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Another brilliantly written book from James Herriot, with many very funny, sometimes sad tales of his life as a vet in the
Yorkshire Dales. His stories are so interesting and portray his love of animals in every chapter. This book is one of my
personal favourites, but all his books are timeless and I read them all over and over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Savoyite on 16 Dec. 2014
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I'd never read a James Herriot novel before and, as this was on a 99p offer, thought I'd give it a try. I was not disappointed. He's one of those authors you immediately feel at home with, thanks to his almost conversational style. It's as if he's telling the story to the reader alone. A few words of description and you feel as if you're in the scene with the author. May have been my first James Herriot book but certainly won't be the last. Excellent.
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This is my second time of reading the 8 books in the James Herriot saga, and I found them just as amusing - sad and enthralling as the first time. I would recommend them to anyone. HOWEVER! The first time I read them in paperback and I would give them 5 stars anyday. This version on e-book form is given only 4 stars due to the appalling errors in basic proof reading. The spelling mistakes and bad grammar in ALL eight books was unbelievable, especially the spelling. Whoever transferred this series to e-books should be ashamed, especially as there is a wonderful gadget called spellchecker available.
It did spoil the read somewhat, but, don't be put off reading this series. You can't help but enjoy them - just have a laugh at the mistakes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bronagh K on 5 May 2014
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Yet another interesting and amusing book. Such great descriptions. A book that you can lift up and put down without being concerned about losing your place. Comfort reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sujay on 10 Jan. 2015
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Not as good as I seem to remember other James Herriot books from a few years ago, but a pleasant enough read on a cold wet day.
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