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All Things Bright and Beautiful (1974)

by James Herriot

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Biography & Autobiography. Nonfiction. HTML:From the #1 New York Times‚??bestselling author of All Creatures Great and Small: more true stories of a veterinarian in small-town Yorkshire, England.
After his first day on the job, James Herriot's mentor warns him that the life of a country veterinarian is full of small triumphs and big disasters, but that he'd never be bored. From night visits to drafty barns during freezing northern England winters, to the beautiful vitality of rural life in the summertime, to the colorful menagerie of animals‚??and their owners‚??that pass through his office, Herriot experiences new challenges and joys every day. In these pages, Herriot trains under his eccentric boss Siegfried Farnon in a rustic English village, courts the woman that becomes his wife, and meets the people he would come to write about for a… (more)
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Just like All Creatures, full of the stories of his life as country vet in Yorkshire with the tiniest bit of a plot structure as Herriot leaves for the RAF as the book ends. I have such a soft spot in my heart for the original series and I can just see it all play out as I read the stories.
  amyem58 | Jun 9, 2024 |
I read all this author's books when I was young, maybe even before the first series on TV aired. I appreciate them more now. This one was pretty good and I can picture the vets doing stuff now. When I was young it was a bit too descriptive, but I like it now. ( )
  eliorajoy | May 26, 2024 |
One of my all time favorites. I love the depiction of a slower pace of life, the scenes of caring for animals, and the vivid description of the people he encountered. He also waxes poetic about the countryside and I love those parts too. Picking one of this series up is like having a gentle breeze wash over you and blow some of the craziness of life away. ( )
1 vote debs4jc | Mar 28, 2023 |
Not quite as good as All Creatures Great and Small -- narrative time less linear. Also the musical interludes between chapters were grating, especially since their duration varied. ( )
  Castinet | Dec 11, 2022 |
I remember my dad giving me these books for a birthday or xmas fairly early on, and I've loved them and returned to them ever since. Just re-listened to the excellent audio book version. _- love the accents, the humor, the wonderful setting, and the compassion to animals. Great storytelling. ( )
1 vote jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
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All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all. Cecil Francis Alexander 1818-1895
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With love to my wife and to my mother in dear old Glasgow town
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As I crawled into bed and put my arm around Helen it occurred to me, not for the first time, that there are few pleasures in this world to compare with snuggling up to a nice woman when you are half frozen.
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Biography & Autobiography. Nonfiction. HTML:From the #1 New York Times‚??bestselling author of All Creatures Great and Small: more true stories of a veterinarian in small-town Yorkshire, England.
After his first day on the job, James Herriot's mentor warns him that the life of a country veterinarian is full of small triumphs and big disasters, but that he'd never be bored. From night visits to drafty barns during freezing northern England winters, to the beautiful vitality of rural life in the summertime, to the colorful menagerie of animals‚??and their owners‚??that pass through his office, Herriot experiences new challenges and joys every day. In these pages, Herriot trains under his eccentric boss Siegfried Farnon in a rustic English village, courts the woman that becomes his wife, and meets the people he would come to write about for a

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Let Sleeping Vets Lie &
Vet in Harness
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