Pets in a Pickle (Prospect House 1) Paperback – 3 May 2011
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very funny in places. Reminiscent of "all creatures great and small". Enjoyed it.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed the book and looking forward to reading the rest.seems like pet owners cause more aggro than the animals!brilliant.well worth reading.Published 11 days ago by Erin
Not what I expected against the reviews and summary. Disappointing.Published 3 months ago by Joanna Fowles
Well written, amusing book, brightens up your mood, written by a man who has a sense of humour, as well as being a vet.Published 12 months ago by mrs jean park