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All Creatures Great and Small (1972)

by James Herriot

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Biography & Autobiography. Nonfiction. HTML:From a Yorkshire veterinarian and a "wise and wonderful writer": The New York Times bestseller and basis for the beloved BBC series of the same name (The Boston Globe).
In the rolling dales of Yorkshire, a simple, rural region of northern England, a young veterinarian from Sunderland joins a new practice. A stranger in a strange land, he must quickly learn the odd dialect and humorous ways of the locals, master outdated equipment, and do his best to mend, treat, and heal pets and livestock alike. This witty and heartwarming collection, based on the author's own experiences, became an international success, spawning sequels and winning over animal lovers everywhere. Perhaps better than any other writer, James Herriot reveals the ties that bind us to the creatures in our lives.… (more)
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Adolescent reading. ( )
  sfj2 | May 14, 2024 |
Cozy, comforting (even though sad and/or gross at times), charming, humorous. A good candidate for (re-)reading a chapter before bed. ( )
  somegirl | Apr 15, 2024 |
These are the delightful, semi-autobiographical stories of veterinary surgeon James Herriot (real name Alf Wight) who trained in Glasgow then began practicing in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors in the 1940s.

From his arrival at Skeldale House, Darrowby, the stories are captivating. James deals with all manner of veterinary challenges, ornery farmers, and stoical country people. He seems to spend an inordinate amount of time with his arm right up a large animal’s back end. There are other memorable characters who add to the cosy drama of these stories: his very English employer Siegfried Farnon, Siegfried’s loveable hapless brother Tristan, the backbone of the practice, Mrs. Hall the housekeeper, rich elderly widower Mrs. Pumphrey and her pampered Pekinese Tricky Woo. And last but not least the beautiful farmer’s daughter Helen.

I thoroughly enjoyed rereading this book with its animal stories, the humour, and the wholesome romance. James is a nice, thoroughly likeable character and the book gives an insight into life in the Dales in the 1940s and the life lead by the Yorkshire farmers. ( )
  mimbza | Apr 7, 2024 |
I read this book for the first time many years ago, maybe when the first TV series ran. In my mind, now, I'm picturing the current series' landscape and actors, though some of them don't fit the author's descriptions. This was like reading it anew and I enjoyed it all even the birthings and other surgical details. ( )
  eliorajoy | Mar 4, 2024 |
A beautiful Border Collie graces the front cover!

HIs unusual interview with Siegfried Farnon at Skeldale House opens his life to an incredibly challenging
Country Veterinary practice, eventually leading to a partnership.

Both farm and pet owners and dogs like Tricki inspire his days and keep him up many nights
wandering and struggling through ice, snow and mud,

Remaining mystery is why they didn't hire a Bill Collector
and why he did not insist on safe cars! ( )
  m.belljackson | Jan 26, 2024 |
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James Herriotprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cade, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
García Burgos, AmparoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Järvenpää, HeidiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ralph, NicholasNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Resnick, KerriCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Timothy, ChristopherNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Eddie Straiton with gratitude and affection and Donald and Brian Sinclair, still my friends.
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They didn't say anything about this in the books, I thought, as the snow blew in through the gaping doorway and settled on my naked back.
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ISBN 0553122509 is All Creatures Great and Small.
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Biography & Autobiography. Nonfiction. HTML:From a Yorkshire veterinarian and a "wise and wonderful writer": The New York Times bestseller and basis for the beloved BBC series of the same name (The Boston Globe).
In the rolling dales of Yorkshire, a simple, rural region of northern England, a young veterinarian from Sunderland joins a new practice. A stranger in a strange land, he must quickly learn the odd dialect and humorous ways of the locals, master outdated equipment, and do his best to mend, treat, and heal pets and livestock alike. This witty and heartwarming collection, based on the author's own experiences, became an international success, spawning sequels and winning over animal lovers everywhere. Perhaps better than any other writer, James Herriot reveals the ties that bind us to the creatures in our lives.

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For over forty years, generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot's marvelous tales, deep love of life, and extraordinary storytelling abilities. For decades, Herriot roamed the remote, beautiful Yorkshire Dales, treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest, and observing animals and humans alike with his keen, loving eye.

In All Creatures Great and Small, we meet the young Herriot as he takes up his calling and discovers that the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire are very different from the sterile setting of veterinary school. Some visits are heart-wrenchingly difficult, such as one to an old man in the village whose very ill dog is his only friend and companion, some are lighthearted and fun, such as Herriot's periodic visits to the overfed and pampered Pekinese Tricki Woo who throws parties and has his own stationery, and yet others are inspirational and enlightening, such as Herriot's recollections of poor farmers who will scrape their meager earnings together to be able to get proper care for their working animals. From seeing to his patients in the depths of winter on the remotest homesteads to dealing with uncooperative owners and critically ill animals, Herriot discovers the wondrous variety and never-ending challenges of veterinary practice as his humor, compassion, and love of the animal world shine forth.

James Herriot's memoirs have sold 80 million copies worldwide, and continue to delight and entertain readers of all ages.
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