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It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet: The further adventures of a 1930s vet [Unabridged] [Paperback]

James Herriot
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2 July 2010

Lesson number one: When taking a cow’s temperature the old-fashioned way, never let go of the thermometer . . .

Now firmly ensconced in the sleepy Yorkshire village of Darrowby, recently qualified vet James Herriot has acclimatised to life with his unpredictable colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon. But veterinary practice in the 1930s was never going to be easy, and there are challenges on the horizon, from persuading his clients to let him use his ‘modern’ equipment, to becoming an uncle (to a pig called Nugent). Throw in his first encounters with Helen, the beautiful daughter of a local farmer, and this year looks to be as eventful as the last…

From the author whose books inspired the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small, It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet is a book for all those who find laughter and joy in animals, and who know and understand the magic and beauty of Britain’s wild places.

'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

He can tell a good story against himself, and his pleasure in the beauty of the countryside in which he works is infectious' Daily Telegraph

'Full of warmth, wisdom and wit' The Field


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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (2 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033051816X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330518161
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More 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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'Bulls with sunstroke, pigs on the run and a cake-eating Peke with a betting habit, all set against the glorious backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales. I grew up reading James Herriot's book and I'm delighted that thirty years on they are still every bit as charming, heart-warming and laugh-out-loud funny as they were then.'
--Kate Humble

'I'm unashamedly plugging... These volumes are just so darn pleasant - even when James has his knuckles jammed up a cow's bottom. They are perfect summer reading... Herriot's adventures are as warm and woolly as the sheep he cares for.' --Sunday Mercury (Birmingham)

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 has remained, with the exception of his wartime service in the RAF. He is married with a son who is also a veterinary surgeon and a daughter who is a doctor.

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Great. The stories he tells are fabulous as is his way of telling them. Would recommend the book to anyone any age
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Stories from James Herriot are amazing, they are true life experiences. and wonderful to read.i would recommend to any avid reader to try them, they are serious, but there is always a touch of humour., well worth a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh... I nearly cried laughing 8 Feb 2014
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Well I may be showing my age by reviewing this James Herriot book, the second in the series, which I first read in 1978! But really these stories have stood the test of time and I hope new generations will continue to discover and love them. James Herriot writes about the animals and people he encounters in a compassionate and insightful way. The stripes are peppered with humour and then, of course thee is the wonderful description of the Yorkshire Dales.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection 24 Nov 2013
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I have been reading Herriot for my whole life I started with the little children's books and am now on the big ones and I still love them all so much, they make you laugh but at the same time make you realise how hard life was and still is for yorkshire farmers and vets.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very well writen 10 Oct 2013
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liked the book, ordered because my mum read it in Czech language and said is hilarious.... will buy the othrer books as well
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4.0 out of 5 stars Books 10 May 2013
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Enjoyed the book very much, have rated four star, as was very pleased with it.
Arrived on time, and would certainly recommend to a friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book 25 Jan 2013
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If you have not read any James Herriot you are in for a treat. This book should be included in the list of books every one must read before the die!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 28 Dec 2012
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As usual James Herriots takes us to his charming journeys on his life as a vet. Heart warming stories and so well written.
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