- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (17 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447226011
- ISBN-13: 978-1447226017
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
All Things Bright and Beautiful (James Herriot 2) Paperback – 17 Jan 2013
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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
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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
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.
This time the narrative is less direct and instead we get a series of short stories (not always in strict chronological order) still vibrant with the sometimes infuriating personalities of both men and beasts, and alive with Herriot's deep love of the Dales and the challenging job he has embraced. One of my all-time favourite literary characters features in several of the anecdotes: the smooth, classy, unflappable, effortlessly brilliant Grenville Bennett, with his immaculate surgery, and his elegant, gorgeous wife whom James is destined to always meet while in the reduced state of a gibbering idiot. The spectre of WW2 hangs over the land and the book ends with one last successful intervention on a dog before James is called to arms.
If you enjoyed the first book, you will most likely love this sequel. There is a little more factual detail on the veterinary side of things but the same infectious humour prevails and the funny bits are still hilarious even when we know what's coming. A classic, suitable for everyone, and which has stood the test of time.
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. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Little
I couldn't find any info about how many CDs came with this - there were 12 so a fair amount of listening time!Published 7 months ago by Amanda
A wonderful collection of stories that warm the heart. I recommend it wholeheartedly.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer