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All Creatures Great and Small ➸ [Read] ➳ All Creatures Great and Small By James Herriot ➽ – Thomashillier.co.uk The classic multimillion copy bestsellerDelve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world s most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal The classic multimillion copy bestsellerDelve into Great and PDF Ê the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world s most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patientsFor 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, All Creatures eBook À beautiful Yorkshire Dales, treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest, and observing animals and humans alike with his keen, loving eyeIn 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 Creatures Great and ePUB ✓ 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 forthJames Herriot s memoirs have soldmillion copies worldwide, and continue to delight and entertain readers of all ages.

    All Creatures Great and Small Epub ☆ Great and PDF 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 forthJames Herriot s memoirs have soldmillion copies worldwide, and continue to delight and entertain readers of all ages."/>
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 437 pages
  • All Creatures Great and Small
  • James Herriot
  • English
  • 22 April 2017
  • 0312965788

About the Author: James Herriot

James Herriot is the pen name Great and PDF Ê of James Alfred Wight, OBE, FRCVS also known as Alf Wight, an English veterinary surgeon and writer Wight is best known for his semi autobiographical stories, often referred to collectively as All Creatures Great and Small, a title used in some editions and in film and television adaptationsIn , at All Creatures eBook À the age of , he qualified as a veterinary surgeon with Glasgow Veterinary College In January , he took a brief job at a veterinary practice in Sunderland, but moved in July to work in a rural practice based in the town of Thirsk, Yorkshire, close to the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, where he was Creatures Great and ePUB ✓ to remain for the rest of his life The original practice is now a museum, The World of James HerriotWight intended for years to write a book, but with most of his time consumed by veterinary practice and family, his writing ambition went nowhere Challenged by his wife, in at the age of , he began writing In Wight wrote If Only They Could Talk, the first of the now famous series based on his life working as a vet and his training in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War Owing in part to professional etiquette which at that time frowned on veterinary surgeons and other professionals from advertising their services, he took a pen name, choosing James Herriot If Only They Could Talk was published in the United Kingdom in by Michael Joseph Ltd, but sales were slow until Thomas McCormack, of St Martin s Press in New York City, received a copy and arranged to have the first two books published as a single volume in the United States The resulting book, titled All Creatures Great and Small, was an overnight success, spawning numerous sequels, movies, and a successful television adaptationIn his books, Wight calls the town where he lives and works Darrowby, which he based largely on the towns of Thirsk and Sowerby He also renamed Donald Sinclair and his brother Brian Sinclair as Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, respectively Wight s books are only partially autobiographical Many of the stories are only loosely based on real events or people, and thus can be considered primarily fictionThe Herriot books are often described as animal stories Wight himself was known to refer to them as his little cat and dog stories , and given that they are about the life of a country veterinarian, animals certainly play a significant role in most of the stories Yet animals play a lesser, sometimes even a negligible role in many of Wight s tales the overall theme of his stories is Yorkshire country life, with its people and their animals primary elements that provide its distinct character Further, it is Wight s shrewd observations of persons, animals, and their close inter relationship, which give his writing much of its savour Wight was just as interested in their owners as he was in his patients, and his writing is, at root, an amiable but keen comment on the human condition The Yorkshire animals provide the element of pain and drama the role of their owners is to feel and express joy, sadness, sometimes triumph The animal characters also prevent Wight s stories from becoming twee or melodramatic animals, unlike some humans, do not pretend to be ailing, nor have they imaginary complaints and needless fears Their ill health is real, not the result of flaws in their character which they avoid mending In an age of social uncertainties, when there seem to be no remedies for anything, Wight s stories of resolute grappling with mysterious bacterial foes or severe injuries have an almost heroic quality, giving the reader a sense of assurance, even hope Best of all, James Herriot has an abundant humour about himself and his difficulties He never feels superior to any living thing, and is ever eager to learn about animal doctoring, and about his fellow human creaturetp uscmillan author jamesh.



10 thoughts on “All Creatures Great and Small

  1. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Oh dear heavens, a cow is having a difficult birth A cat is sick The local lord s thoroughbred has skinned its knee To live in a world where these are your most worrisome worries is to live in the world of James Herriot, the pen name of Alf Wight, the real life mid 20th century country vet of the Yorkshire Dales in northern England Having said that, Herriot s stories wouldn t be as ragingly popular as they have been if they were nothing but fluff No, for a bunch of animal tales there s a Oh dear heavens, a cow is having a difficult birth A cat is sick The local lord s thoroughbred has skinned its knee To live in a world where these are your most worrisome worries is to live in the world of James Herriot, the pen name of Alf Wight, the real life mid 20th century country vet of the Yorkshire Dales in northern England Having said that, Herriot s stories wouldn t be as ragingly popular as they have been if they were nothing but fluff No, for a bunch of animal tales there s a great deal of pathos herein Just about every story delves into the human condition as it pertains to the Dales farmers and their struggle to exist, never mind thrive, in the harsh conditions of not only weather, but the rapidly accelerating industrialization of farming Mid century small farms were feeling the pinch and Herriot captured the fight He also mixes in the everyday strife of everyman in a very relatable way Loosely based on his experiences, these delightful tales drama cozies I call them take place in an idyllic setting The Yorkshire Dales and the North York MoorsMuker in SwaledaleAddingham, west of HarrogateThe Cleveland Way near WainstonesThe story begins with Herriot as a newly graduated vet arriving at the home and veterinarian practice of Siegfried Farnon and his aloof, fun loving brother Tristan, two eccentric fellows who provide a good deal of comic relief and storytelling foil It s the 1930s and, although war is on the horizon, this first book in the series focuses on the not so tumultuous time prior, when an outbreak of animal contagion was the apex of concern In general the tension for these anecdotal stories, all cobbled together into one loose narrative, is on the light side, unless you re an animal lover, in which case you will feel your heart ripped out and replenished again and again Though essentially a collection of short stories, All Creatures Great and Small does a great job of providing an intro into the world and character of Herriot, it delivers highly readable pastoral tales, and then it gives you a sense of closure without closing out the option forstories to come And boy are therestories These stories will satisfy lovers of animals, animal husbandry, pre WWII veterinarian practice an industry in flux at the time , the English countryside and Yorkshire life specifically, as well as those looking for a light taste of pastoral humor I liken reading Herriot to watching painter Bob Happy Little Trees Ross in action It s soothing stuff.PS I enjoyed looking through pics of the Dales and Moors for this review so much that I m going to addLet s call this the PIX APPENDIX Upper Swaledale23 Kirkgate, Thirsk Home and practice of James Herriot Goatland Railroad Station used in the first Harry Potter movie

  2. Meg Meg says:

    I have this problem an addiction, really called BOOKS I start reading one and I usually can t stop until I realize that awful smell is ME or my kids do that incessant tapping on my shoulder thing to ask if dinnertime will be occurring before bedtime I know, I know Probably shouldn t have put that in print Now CPS is gonna come after me Point being This book was NOT like that I could read one chapter each night, then put it down without my brain going all twitchy those of y I have this problem an addiction, really called BOOKS I start reading one and I usually can t stop until I realize that awful smell is ME or my kids do that incessant tapping on my shoulder thing to ask if dinnertime will be occurring before bedtime I know, I know Probably shouldn t have put that in print Now CPS is gonna come after me Point being This book was NOT like that I could read one chapter each night, then put it down without my brain going all twitchy those of you fellow addicts know what I mean you other better adjusted readers, just take my word for it that twitchy is the perfect adjective Could it be A non page turner that I actually ENJOYED Why aren t therebooks like this I would be a much healthier person Herriot doesn t really have a through plot thus the non page turner quality , but each chapter presents a new, hilarious recollection from his young veterinary days in the Yorkshire countryside You know, one of those horses lifting you off the ground with their teeth, removing pig testicles, becoming the honorary uncle of a rich lady s spoiled pug kind of reads I must have laughed out loud at some point in every chapter If you re looking for a fun little book that you can just pick up every once in a while that won t cause you to go all twitchy THIS IS IT Just open the book and start reading anywhere Read one chapter, five, the whole thing doesn t matter There s no real story but you ll get a good laugh Several, in fact

  3. Dale Dale says:

    It s semi astonishing that I ve been married to a veterinarian for a year and a half, which followed a year and nine months of dating engagement, in which time I went on many emergency calls with her to treat sick horses and the occasional goat , adopted a dog and a second cat to go with the first one my dearly beloved already owned, and various and other sundry proximity to a vet type stuff has gone down AND YET only now have I finally said to myself, Hunh, I should read that James Herriot gu It s semi astonishing that I ve been married to a veterinarian for a year and a half, which followed a year and nine months of dating engagement, in which time I went on many emergency calls with her to treat sick horses and the occasional goat , adopted a dog and a second cat to go with the first one my dearly beloved already owned, and various and other sundry proximity to a vet type stuff has gone down AND YET only now have I finally said to myself, Hunh, I should read that James Herriot guy If I had to sum up All Creatures Great and Small in two words it would be overwhelmingly pleasant , with a temptation to throw in a delightful as well Herriot writes with charming self effacement about his early days as a country veterinarian in England in the late 30 s He has a never ending supply of anecdotes, most of them funny, the rest simply heartwarming He learns the hard way that his years of book learning don t compare to the things you actually learn on the job that you can t argue with the boss even when they completely contradict themselves because, hey, they re the boss that losing track of how many pints of beer or tumblers of whiskey you ve had on a first date or a job interview is a bad idea Obviously, bonus points in my estimation for the number of funny drunk stories along the way But the best thing the book has going for it is the way that it unfailingly reinforces the simple notion that life is good Every story has a happy ending, whether it s the hours spent getting kicked and wearing himself out in the freezing cold middle of the night to help a cow deliver twin calfs, or the last minute acquisition of an experimental vaccine that saves a litter of kittens from an epidemic sweeping a farm, or even the vindication after putting a horse to sleep of knowing that it really was the best thing to end the animal s suffering And every time Herriot feels like a fool for choosing the arduous, unrewarding life of a country vet he breathes the fresh air and feels the sun on his face or watches a mother animal lick its newborn baby clean or gets a fresh baked pork pie from a grateful farmer s wife and he realizes it s all worth it That s the main thing I want out of life to never run out of those moments where, even though I can still recall and recount the difficult, frustrating, maddening things that happen all the time, I still revel in the sweet moments that make it all worthwhile And for a book to sustain that exact feeling for 500 pages is quite a feat

  4. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    4.5 stars I adored this book and swallowed it whole when I first read it back in the day, and grabbed the three sequels as soon as I could lay my hands on them All four of these old paperback books still have a place of honor on my downstairs bookshelf, wherein reside all manner of classics, old SF and fantasy, ancient English lit textbooks, and other old books It s quite the massive collection a lifetime s worth of books that have been lovingly and thoughtfully or sometimes not collect 4.5 stars I adored this book and swallowed it whole when I first read it back in the day, and grabbed the three sequels as soon as I could lay my hands on them All four of these old paperback books still have a place of honor on my downstairs bookshelf, wherein reside all manner of classics, old SF and fantasy, ancient English lit textbooks, and other old books It s quite the massive collection a lifetime s worth of books that have been lovingly and thoughtfully or sometimes not collected and have survived the periodic purges.Anyway, James Herriott a pseudonym of James Alf Wight was a Yorkshire veterinarian whose practice began in the 1940s before many advances in modern medicine He wrote this hugely successful series of semi autobiographical books about his many years of veterinary practice amongst the farmers and people of Yorkshire His tales are very episodic, often self deprecating, sometimes poignant, sometimes silly, but always humorously told and heartwarming Herriott affectionately sketches the old Yorkshire personalities so well, and his love for animals shines through on the pages.A truly delightful read These are lovely stories, especially if you re an animal lover

  5. Mackey Mackey says:

    Not a long review because it has been years since I read this book however, it was and still is one of my favorite books His love for all creatures enhanced my love for them and his stories are timeless It is a must read for anyone who loves animals and a good read for those interested in a very well told tale.

  6. Debbie Zapata Debbie Zapata says:

    October 14, 2019I have just finished reading and as expected, I have nothing much to add to my review Except that I enjoyed it just as much as ever October 5, 2019 I am starting my second official reading of this book but it is actually the umpty second time I ve opened it up to escape for a time to James Herriot s wonderful world I very greatly doubt i will have anything different to say when I finish this go round The reason I am diving into the Yorkshire Dales again is that I just finis October 14, 2019I have just finished reading and as expected, I have nothing much to add to my review Except that I enjoyed it just as much as ever October 5, 2019 I am starting my second official reading of this book but it is actually the umpty second time I ve opened it up to escape for a time to James Herriot s wonderful world I very greatly doubt i will have anything different to say when I finish this go round The reason I am diving into the Yorkshire Dales again is that I just finished reading The Real James Herriot A Memoir of My Father and I simply have to revisit my old friends And after this I will read the other four Herriot books on my shelves I ve also read them numerous times but unofficially and many many years ago So, that is why we are here, and now let s all go to Skeldale House Original review October 4, 2015I ve read this book so many times over the years, yet every single time I get to the last word on the last page I am ready to go back to chapter one and start all over From the first day of Herriot s arrival at Skeldale House, being greeted by a tsunami of leaping, barking dogs, to the week of tuberculin testing that brings the book to a close, we share the moments of joy, laughter, tears, nerves, confidence, mix ups and triumphs involved in his Yorkshire veterinary practice of the 1930 s.We meet the Farnon brothers and many interesting people around the Dales, not to mention wonderful animals that will live forever, just as the human characters will Who could ever forget Tricki Woo Or that Labrador whose howling while coming out of the anesthetic drove poor Tristan half out of his mind That huge farm horse that leaned so comfortably on Herriot while his foot was being examinedthe list could go on and on.It is always a pleasure to re visit Darrowby, even when I know ahead of time how every crisis turns out Herriot fills these pages with his love for his job, his joy for life, and his fascination with the people and animals around him And if a story about any case makes Herriot appear a bit silly, it is still included, creating an even stronger sense of reality because we all have stories that now make us laugh but then made us cringe My thanks to Herriot for sharing everything with us, not only here but in all the other books he wrote each one is a treasure

  7. Caroline Caroline says:

    All Creatures Great and Small is one of the funniest books I ve read in my life, with humor that I think would appeal to a wide audience I usually steer clear of animal themed stories because they tend to be maudlin, but All Creatures Great and Small isn t that kind of animal book Herriot wrote about his most memorable, strange adventures as a large animal veterinarian who visited various farms to handle all manner of cases, at all hours of day and night I knew absolutely nothing about large All Creatures Great and Small is one of the funniest books I ve read in my life, with humor that I think would appeal to a wide audience I usually steer clear of animal themed stories because they tend to be maudlin, but All Creatures Great and Small isn t that kind of animal book Herriot wrote about his most memorable, strange adventures as a large animal veterinarian who visited various farms to handle all manner of cases, at all hours of day and night I knew absolutely nothing about large animal veterinarianism before reading this book it wasn t something I gave much, if any, thought to What I learned is that the profession is challenging obviously for the actual work but also exhausting because of the hours Creatures don t always give birth at convenient times If a cow is giving birth at the ungodly hour of 3 00 AM, the veterinarian can t exactly ask her to wait until a better time I read this many years before joining Goodreads, but I still remember one of the most memorable, and hilarious, accounts involved Herriot reaching far into a pig s vagina to help deliver her piglets As if that isn t bad enough, one of the piglets kept biting his hand with its needle teeth This is such a bizarre but needed profession I suggest recounting such anecdotes in detail to all children who dreamily claim they want to be vets when they grow up Books containing great humor endear themselves to me almost immediately, and this gem holds a special place in my heart I wishwriters wrote humor like Herriot did

  8. Cheri Cheri says:

    A lighthearted and cozy memoir of the life of a veterinarian set in rural northern England in the historic county of Yorkshire I read this long ago, and had added it to my list of books I d loved at one point in my life and wanted to re read I think I requested that my library get a copy a year ago, and I finally got this just as I was just beginning another book about all manner of animals, My Family and Other Animals which takes place slightly before this first book of Herriot s All Creature A lighthearted and cozy memoir of the life of a veterinarian set in rural northern England in the historic county of Yorkshire I read this long ago, and had added it to my list of books I d loved at one point in my life and wanted to re read I think I requested that my library get a copy a year ago, and I finally got this just as I was just beginning another book about all manner of animals, My Family and Other Animals which takes place slightly before this first book of Herriot s All Creatures Great and Small series, which covers some of the 30s and 40s There isto this story than the animal veterinarian anecdotes, or the cast of the characters who seem so delightfully real with Herriot s ability to weave so much charm into these real life people and their animals Some are about the beloved house pets, some are about the eccentric owners, whereas there areof the farm variety cows, horses, pigs, chickens, and so on, but what doesn t change very often is his love of what he does, or of this life he is building in this new place, surrounded by nature Where Herriot shines is in he made this come so fully alive for me, in his descriptions of this new, to him, landscape, and these people who are reluctant to trust a young whippersnapper like him, so used to the way things have always been done around here And it feels so personally shared, as though he s written this personal letter to you, or he s sharing his stories around a warm fire on a winter night comfy, cozy and warmly sharedYou don t find people like the Bramleys now radio, television and the motorcar have carried the outside world into the most isolated places so that the simple people you used to meet on the lonely farms are rapidly becoming like people anywhere else Many thanks, once again, to the Public Library system, and the many Librarians that manage, organize and keep it running, for the loan of this book

  9. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    There are no negatives in this book When I first read it them as I read Herriot s vet stories one book after another I would read them late at night in bed after my wife had gone to sleep Frequently I d be laughing silently, but laughing so hard I d shake the bed Now and again I d look over and see her just looking at me having been awakened by my convulsions of mirth Then I d end up reading aloud for hourscosting us both much needed rest.

  10. Tom Mathews Tom Mathews says:

    I ve read a lot of James Herriot s stories over my life but haven t read this first volume of his beloved series of memoirs It is delightful, touching and often knee slappingly funny I highly recommend it FYI The audiorecording of the book is narrated by Christopher Timothy, the actor who played Herriot on the BBC series based on the books.

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