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All Things Bright and Beautiful Hardcover – 25 Jan 1996

4.9 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; New edition edition (25 Jan. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071811454X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718114541
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.4 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,865,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The attraction of Herriot's ever popular memoirs of a country vet...is their alternating highs and lows, humour and pathos, and gripping anecdotes about delivering lambs, grumpy farmers, hypochondriac pet-owners, stroppy cows and blunt Yorkshire characters. And, of course, there's a powerful nostalgia element in these stories about our green and pleasant land in the day before the ravages of ribbon development."--Daily Mail

"On original release in the 1970s, James Herriot's insights into the life of a working vet were so popular and enchanting to readers that the area of the Yorkshire Dales in which he practised became known as 'James Herriot country'."
--Yorkshire Ridings magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The second James Herriot omnibus edition, ready to charm and delight readers with its stories of life as a vet in Yorkshire. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By M. G. Chisholm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Feb. 2012
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Many years ago I was given this book without any prior knowledge of James Herriot the vet. From the first page to the last I was gripped by the sense of joy and wonderment contained within. Even now having read this book maybe five or six times it still fills me with that feeling you get on a warm summers day as the sun goes down. Is there a more joyous book? I really doubt it.

This is really the omnibus of the first few books that James Herriot or rather James Alfred Wight based loosely on his life as a vet in the 40's. It is charming warm and full of humour. It speaks of a simpler and sometimes harder life that Britain has lost.

The writing style is deceptively simple. However it packs all the information you need to recreate the Yorkshire of days gone by. Characters jump out the page and of course the love of animals is evident on every page.

A simply wonderful book that never fails to add a little warmth to my world.
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This book is a collection of short stories about the life and work of the vet James Herriot. These stories, which lead on from each other, are both about looking after farm animals in cold fields, and dealing with both pet animals and their owners in the surgery and in the owners homes.
All things bright and beautiful will either put you off ever wanting to be a vet or will make you want to be a vet. It glamourises being up in the middle of the night, standing in freezing cold fields and not being able to save people's pets. When this was first published there was a massive increase in the number of people applying to study at university to be vets.
It is a hugely funny book. You can not help but laugh at every small detail and you have great sympathy for Herriot in his struggles. His wit never fails, even when he recalls being squashed behind a bull.
All Creatures Great and Small is the title the book was published under in America. In England it was called Vet in Harness.
I would recomend this book to everyone even if they think that it is not their thing. I did not think I would like it and was supprised. It was very popular at one time and was made in to a TV series for a reason.
Sequals are available
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Great stories, I've been reading these tales since I was at school and frequently return to them.
Just one thing to beware of at the moment - chapter 7 is truncated, right in the middle so until Amazon fix it, I 'd go elsewhere for the book.
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Read it in hardback many many times. Good as a novel or short stories. Unlike a lot of modern books it dosen't to rely on violence to keep the reader interested. It's factual, amusing and educational...what more can you want? Have downloaded James Herriotts full works and will enjoy for years to come.
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I read this book some years ago but really enjoyed having my own copy to read again. James Herriot writes of times gone by and in part of the country that must be very beautiful. I enjoy reading all his books.
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I have read this book at least a dozen times, and I will read it countless more times. I never tire of reading James Herriots books I find them all absolutely brilliant . Books that can be read time and time again, what a great author this man was.
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As a nation of animal lovers you cant help to be touched by some of the stories in this book, which take you back to a bygone age of traditional Yorkshire Hill and Dale farming. There are stories too which are just downright funny, and give you a good belly laugh. All in all a good book by a man who clearly loved the work and area in which he found himself.
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Format: Hardcover
I have read most of the James Herriot books, this is another good book. James Herriot books are ideal to read when you need a giggle. I would recoment this book to All creatures great and small fans.
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