- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (4 Jun. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330518151
- ISBN-13: 978-0330518154
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
If Only They Could Talk Paperback – Unabridged, 4 Jun 2010
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'Reissued first book of the series that took the country by storm in the Seventies...From grump farmers to difficult cattle and animals with sunstroke he cheerfully recalls his crucial role in rural life during the Thirties.'
'If, like me, you thought Herriot's books were `telly-your-parents-watch', think again. Light tone, generous humour, and dry commentary on life as it was, animals and their people as they always are - this is easy reading with bursts of raw comedy and real pathos.' --Waitrose magazine
`It's easy to understand their appeal, a mixture of nostalgia, love for animals and the countryside, wonderful characters and, above all, fine story-telling.' --9780330518154
'This hilarious book is the first in a series of eight... Whether he's wrestling a raging bull, administering a difficult calving or treating a lame horse, there's always the "blessed relief" of small animal work and the sanctuary of Mrs Pumphrey's drawing room with its deep armchair, bottle of sherry and her much-indulged Pekingese, Tricky Woo.' --Country Living
James Herriot's first volume of veterinary adventures in YorkshireSee all Product Description
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I needn't have had any fears, from the first chapter I was hooked. It is one of those rare books that I found extremely difficult to put down and finished in two sittings.
The books is written in the first person as Herriot recalls many tales, some sad and some so humorous that you will have strange looks as you sit there chuckling out loud. At the beginning of the novel we find Herriot fresh out of veterinary college and on his way for a job interview with Siegfried Farnham. After a somewhat unusual introduction he is offered the job and accepts.
The story takes you back in time to when life although being a lot harder, was also a lot simpler. We meet many colourful characters (in particular Tricky Woo, the spoilt and very rich dog). The descriptive language used is second to none and it is not hard to imagine yourself rising at 3am with Herriot in order to help a cow in labour.
Possibly one of my favourite books ever. I have just ordered the complete collection.
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Amazing one of the most hummerous true life books I've ever readPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
You just can't have too many James Herriot books in your life! Heart warming, funny page turners, just brilliant!Published 5 months ago by S R
Why is the final chapter missing??? The title "If only they could talk" is explained together with some observations from the author.Published 8 months ago by MR P C FITZSIMONS