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Pets in Prospect [Hardcover]

Malcolm D. Welshman
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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30 Nov 2006
When young vet Paul Mitchell is bitten by a hamster on his first day in practice, he wonders what he's let himself in for. He finds out on a roller-coaster ride that sees him battling with bald cockatoos, stalking feral cats and chasing hot-foot after a lame camel. Set in a Sussex animal hospital, against the backcloth of the South Downs, Paul is destined to meet such eccentric characters as Mildred Millichip with her out-of-date remedies, and the actress, Francesca Cavendish, famous for her cat adverts; and there's no forgetting Madge and Rose Stockwell, two sisters who live a slow-paced life on a Downsland farm with no time for a 'vet in a hurry'. "Pets in Prospect" takes the reader with Paul on his often hilarious ride through six months in the hospital where a hawk-eyed, but one-eyed, elderly receptionist rules the roost, and a swearing Mynah bird and an Anaconda in the fridge are not out of place. Through Paul's zany encounters with clients and their pets, we experience with him the highs and lows of a life revolving around the animals. Spinning with funny stories, "Pets in Prospect" is well worth the ride.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (30 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709081979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709081975
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,353,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'A crisp storyline and credible characters make it a cracker of a tale.' Bolton Evening Post 'Moves swiftly through coincidence and suspense, action and violence to a wholly unexpected denouement.' British Book News 'There is the tang of the sea and plenty of excitement.' Birmingham Mail 'The characterization of the crew under stress makes it alive.' Eastern Daily Press" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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As a vet, Malcolm Welshman has treated and written about animals from rabbits to rhinos with over 200 articles published. He was the vet for My Weekly magazine for fifteen years and currently writes a monthly page for Parrots and Cat World. He and his wife, Maxeen, live in Somerset with a menagerie of pets, roe deer around the house and badgers in the garden.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly funny! 20 May 2007
By Teacher
I can only imagine that this will be the first of many books by Malcolm Welshman, an obvious heir to James Herriot as the king of veterinary comedy. The book relates the ups and downs of new vet Paul Mitchell's first months at work as he faces up to the challenges of a wide variety of sick pets, an equally entertaining range of owners, a faltering love affair and a fixation for his sexy, older boss. The first person narrative is lively and extremely witty. Mr Welshman peppers the pages with giggle inducing puns while moving the story on at a cracking pace. I loved Beryl, the chain smoking, one eyed receptionist and the amorous pretensions of Ms Paget, his landlady. I giggled through his treatment of Cedric the cheeky mynah, Bismark the Christmas stocking swallowing rottweiler, Liza the bald cockatoo and the anaconda he leaves in the fridge. It's pure fun without modern day cynicism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pets in Prospect 4 Aug 2007
A thoroughly entertaining book with the pet owners more eccentric than the animals. Each chapter focussed on a different owner/animal and the situations were hilarious as well as being entirely believable. I liked the ups and downs of the love story woven through the book, and was on tenterhooks to the end whether it would work out.
The book deserves to come out in paperback and would make an excellent TV Sunday evening programme, with each chapter an episode of its own. BBC - what are you waiting for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please write a follow up to Pets in Prospect 15 July 2007
I was recommended to purchase your book "Pets in Prospect" for my wife who was suffering from depression.
I have not heard her laugh so much in such a long time. I have just read it also and it certainly made me laugh from cover to cover.
Please write a follow up or another similar book, what a great author you are.
Kind Regards,
David Kingston
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Witty! 8 Jan 2007
By scotty
What a find! I love stories about animals, but this is the quirkiest I have read in a long time! The anecdotes about the vet's encounters are hilarious! Perfectly crafted chapters which tease you onto the next. Truly addictive!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marlene Green (East Sussex) 16 Dec 2006
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Excellent book; a really good read. For all those people like myself who have made countless visits to the vets, it is most interesting to see the other side of the coin. I found myself bursting into laughter and giggling from time to time, which somewhat alarmed my cat who stared hard at me (has she gone mad ?). This book is crisp, funny and would make a good T.V series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pets will make you laugh 19 Mar 2008
From page one, chapter one, this book will keep you laughing to the very last word. Following this young vet settling into a new practise and new home at the same time is hilarious. Malcolm Welshman's discriptions of domestic pets, farm yard animals, Liza the cockatoo's escapades and Miss Piggy the saddleback giving birth will leave your sides aching. This intertwined with ruffles amongst the staff at the Vetinary practise will leave you waiting for the next book impatiently. Excellent holiday reading.
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