- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (3 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843583615
- ISBN-13: 978-1843583615
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pets in a Pickle (Prospect House 1) Paperback – 3 May 2011
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In September 2011, the ebook reached number 2 in Kindle's bestseller list where it stayed for two weeks.
The sequel, titled 'Pets on Parade', continuing the exploits of the young vet, Paul Mitchell, was published 2nd April 2012.
At the end of August 2012, Barnes & Noble in the US chose Pets in a Pickle as its Free Friday selection from their Nook books. As a result the ebook got 68,000 hits and 450 reviews, over half of which were 5*.
My website is: http://www.malcolmwelshman.co.uk
My third novel in the pet series is published 29th August 2014. It's called Pets Aplenty with further zany exploits of the young vet, Paul Mitchell.
The Sun says, 'You'll laugh a lot and thoroughly enjoy reading about the rather hapless Paul Mitchell's escapades. Perfect for animal lovers the world over.'
If ever you wish to get in touch with me, I'll be happy to respond.
Thank you for your interest.
'...it's fun and should bring a smile to your face.' - Sir Terry Wogan 'If you enjoyed James Herriot you will enjoy Malcolm Welshman's rollicking story of eccentric animals and even more eccentric humans.' - Celia Haddon, Daily Telegraph
About the Author
Malcolm Welshman is a retired vet who has worked at London Zoo, in a small animal hospital and as a consultant dealing in exotics. He has written over 200 features for national magazines including The Lady, She, Yours, Cat World and Parrot Magazine. He was the My Weekly vet for fifteen years. He is a BBC Radio panellist and a guest speaker worldwide on cruise ships.
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It is a collection of linked short stories about pets and their owners and the amusing predicaments they get into, very much along the lines of James Herriot, but with differences. The stories are so similar to those that most vets could relate from experience that they awoke many memories, which I hastily wrote down for future reference. There are tales of sick cows, cats, horses and monkeys but it is the owners that bring the humour to the situation.
There is also the underlying romantic element, with the new vet falling in love with one of the veterinary nurses while at the same time fending off the amorous advances of his buxom divorced landlady. There is clearly scope for more.
I'd definitely recommend this book if you like James Herriot and it would make an ideal stocking filler for Christmas. I hope Malcolm Welshman writes many more.
The book describes experiences encountered at the beginning of the career of Paul Mitchell, a newly qualified vet who joins a veterinary hospital in Sussex.
As Paul meets the staff, his descriptions are so vivid that I felt I also knew them. Beryl, the receptionist who seems to run the hospital, Dr Crystal Sharpe who with her husband Eric does run the hospital and Mandy and Lucy the two nurses who have there own 'tails' to tell.
The experiences with the animal patients and their owners had me in stitches. I cannot remember ever laughing aloud while reading a book but this was a fantastic first time.
Malcolm Welshman writes with incredible humour and with a tremendous skill that enables him to deliver a book that will appeal to all. He obviously has a lifetime of experiences that he has drawn on and I look forward to reading many more books from him.
I cannot imagine doing anything better on a dark winter day than to sit in a cosy chair and read a Malcolm Welshman book. A great dose of sunshine.
That apart, it's a jolly frolic through a vet's first few months in practice and kept me entertained for a couple of days. Inevitably, there is pathos but parts of it are laugh-aloud funny so don't be surprised to get a few odd looks if you're reading it on the train.
The book could have been twice as long and gone into much greater depth about many things but then, I suspect, it would be an entirely different product from the light-hearted read that this is.
However, I bought this book assuming that it was a sequel to "Pets in Prospect", originally published in 2006. I was therefore very disappointed and felt a bit cheated to find out that it was essentially the same book with a new title, just with the addition of chapter titles, a foreword and new artwork on the cover. Usually new editions of publications retain the same title to avoid confusion, but are designated as "Second Edition - with the addition of a Foreword" or similar.
As I already have a copy of "Pets in Prospect" (which actually seems a more apt title), this book will become a gift for my sister. So be warned - if you have already read "Pets in Prospect" or have a copy of it, don't buy this expecting it to be a new book or a sequel. Apparently there will be a sequel coming out in the autumn this year, but this isn't it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written, amusing book, brightens up your mood, written by a man who has a sense of humour, as well as being a vet.Published 7 months ago by mrs jean park
It was a ok read but as with most of this kind of book its mainly 'I' which is a little wearing after a time.Published 7 months ago by Jan
Perfect, purchase arrived really early and in lovely condition thank you, super seller will use againPublished 7 months ago by lynda duncan
Ok. Some storylines very similar to James Herriott so the outcomes were rather predictable. Not the best writing style and the frequent use of puns did not make for better reading.Published 10 months ago by Trudie
An easy book to read but not very gripping, I expected more about animal problems, so wasn't dissapointed when came to the end of the book . JoPublished 10 months ago by JO