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  • 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 (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...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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Format: Paperback
Pets in a Pickle has to be the funniest book I have ever read. I enjoyed James Herriot but this is even better.

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.
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I'm a vet too and this is just the sort of book I wish I had written. The author qualified just three years before I did so we are almost contemporaries and both of us entered practice at a time when a lot of the old methods had not yet died out but modern techniques were flooding in all the time.

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.
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I sat down to dip into this book and ended up reading it all - very page turning. I didn't eat breakfast or go out until it was time for tea. There are so many interesting and funny incidents that happen to Paul Mitchell based on actual events which befell the author. It is no wonder then to find that James Herriot's son wrote the foreword to this deserving book. However, I would like to know a bit more about the main characters. All the action is fun but the personal relationships, especially between Paul and his girlfriend Lucy, didn't have quite enough space and I would have liked a bit more expansion there. Maybe this will happen in the sequel as, based on this entertaining read, I'm sure there will be one.
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A warning: don't read this if you dislike puns or you'll end up hurling it across the room. I rather enjoy puns (probably says something about my intellect) so I was perfectly happy with it. My niggle was the relatively few but nevertheless irritating typos in the electronic edition which should have been eliminated at the proof-reading stage.

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.
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I like the subject matter and the cover, so I downloaded this to my Kindle. I was rather deterred by the rapturous praise from Terry Wogan, Richard Madeley and their ilk at the beginning, and sure enough, although I found this book likeable and readable with no typos or Kindle layout errors, I only found it funny in a Doc Martin or Heartbeat kind of way, which surprised me for such a young author. I'm sure it would make a popular made-for-TV-1hr-Sunday-drama-film though and I would happily read a bit more than the sample, but I think the almost-Dickensian comedy element would grow rather tiresome after a while.
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This is a very funny book, written in a warm and entertaining style. Anyone who has had pets and dealings with vets will be able to identify with parts of it. It can be enjoyed by a variety of ages.

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.
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