If you're interested in this book and you're reading this review it's very likely that you've already read all of James Herriot's extraordinary adventures and deeply enjoyed them, as I did. If so, you won't be disappointed by this fascinating journey into his life, written by his son Jim with a style so brisk and lively that it has very little to envy to his father's. I read James Herriot's books more than 10 years ago, but this biography just brought back all the pleasure of that reading. Of course, it's not a very impartial biography, nor it would be logical to expect it from a son. But if you're not in search of truth at all costs but just of an overall accurate account of James Herriot's life, if you want to know why he chose a pen name and why that pen name, if you want to know the amazing story behind the escalation of an ordinary country vet to the peak of success as a writer... then buy this book, sit comfortably in your armchair and prepare to relax.