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a good read
on 4 January 2010
I have enjoyed the Herriot books for years, both for their humour and also the genuine affection the writer showed for his subject. I'd always wondered about the real James Herriot and was very pleased to receive this book for Christmas. I read it very quickly and easily - the book is mostly factual, with little by way of analysis - but I did feel it could have used a slightly firmer hand in the editing process; there is a lot of duplication and an excess (in my opinion) of superlatives. It also lacks narrative flow in some chapters, but taking into consideration the writer and his subject, and also that this is the writer's first book, it is well structured and provides as honest a view as a son could ever hope to show of his father.