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on 12 November 2009
Love reading James' books they are so good and this one is no different , warm , humorous and a must for the lover of yorkshire life .....from a man with a passion ..
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on 8 August 2009
Having read all Herriot's books I knew what to expect. A wonderful book based on real vetinery life at that time. I am now in the process of buying the other books available in the series from Amazon.
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on 14 May 2014
Not as pleasing as his earlier books. could have been written by someone else as the style is totally different. The whole thing is peppered with typos as if it has been translated from a foreign language. disappointing.
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on 2 November 2001
Until the disappointing "Every Little Thing" appeared shortly before his death in 1995, this was the last book by Yorkshire vet to hit the bestseller lists, in 1981. With the assurance and style honed over his preceding novels, James Herriot takes us through some of the highlights of his post-war years, reflecting on new treatments and lifestyles gradually entering the hilly countryside of the Dales.It retains the narrative feel and flow of his earlier classic work and consequently provides a satisfying and fitting finale to his literary output. Siegfried and Tristan don't figure as largely as they did in earlier books, here the emphasis is really on the hilarious array of farming characters Herriot encounters, their reaction to and suspicion of new style veterinary treatments a recurring theme. As ever, they are rendered convincingly and with warmth. We also hear of Herriot's young family, his children accompanying him on his cases as soon as they are able to walk, it seems. With some classic anecdotes, a dry and generous humour, I must recommend this book to anyone who has ever found themselves chuckling to a Herriot story. Don't bother with "Every Little Thing" though...it's pretty mawkish and feels forced.
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on 28 May 2012
The humans are as interesting as the animals! Also, the structure of the book was really good: one chapter about what was happening on Mr Herriot's travels abroad and the next on vet experiences at home.I first read this book nearly 20 years ago, then lent it to a close friend and never had it reurned,so I bought a copy for next to nothing on Amazon.What value times over.I will read it again soon or maybe my other Herriot books, the kind of books you wish to not end and which you think about long afterwards...
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on 12 March 2015
I read the James Herriot books many years ago, on seeing the titlex on kindle i started to reread them. They have not lost their savour as funny, easy reads yet which have acute observations of both people and animals. It was like meeting old friends. So good to just slipback to Darrowby and the description of the Yorkshire dales paints such a picture of rural life as it once was.
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on 2 January 2014
Another book by James Herriot that you just want to read over and over again, he explains his wonderful work as a vet,
in such detail, you almost feel as if your there with him. His everlasting love for all the animals in his care, and his love
for all the hard work he tells of in every chapter is a real pleasure to read
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on 30 June 2015
I love everything this man does. It takes you back to a different time. Please don't buy "Now then lad" by some one time copper. It is billed as "in the style of James Herriot". It's not. Herriot has more humility in his little finger than "old big head" (see my other review) has in his entire body.
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on 14 April 2015
I don't know if there is an order of sequence to these books. However, if I have read this out of sequence, I guess I will be reading this again.

Great story line, lovely written and well described. I couldn't help but see the characters from the TV series All Creatures Great and Small.
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on 9 November 1998
Herriot brings his series to a close with more of the same (wonderful) stuff. Included in this volume are accounts of not one but two trips abroad with cargoes of pedigreed livestock. The volume ends with Siegfried's pronouncement, "James, there are great days ahead!"
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