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Take an unforgettable journey through the English countryside and into the homes of its inhabitants-- four-legged and otherwise-- with the world's best-loved animal doctor.

For over 25 years-- since All Creatures Great and Small was first published-- readers have delighted to the storytelling genius of James Herriot, the Yorkshire veterinarian whose fascinating vignettes brim with the wonder of life, animal and human.

Whether struggling mightily to position a calf for birthing, or comforting a lonely old man whose beloved dog and only companion has died, Herriot's heartwarming and often hilarious stories of his first years as a country vet perfectly depict the wonderful relationship between man and animal-- and they intimately portray a man whose humor, compassion , and love of life are truly inspiring.

James Herriot was born in Scotland and practiced veterinary medicine in Yorkshire, England, for half a century until he died in 1995. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestseller All Creatures Great and Small.

Take an unforgettable journey through the English countryside and into the homes of its inhabitantsfour-legged and otherwisewith the world's best-loved animal doctor.

For over 25 years, ever since All Creatures Great and Small was first published, readers have delighted to the storytelling genius of James Herriot, the Yorkshire veterinarian whose fascinating vignettes brim with the wonder of life, animal and human.

Whether struggling mightily to position a calf for birthing, or comforting a lonely old man whose beloved dog and only companion has died, Herriot's heartwarming and often hilarious stories of his first years as a country vet perfectly depict the wonderful relationship between man and animaland they intimately portray a man whose humor, compassion, and love of life are truly inspiring.

"One of the funniest and most likeable books around."The Atlantic Montly

"[Herriot] is the most entertaining, most thoroughly likeable, most engaging person to have come along in a long time, and the stories he has to tell are fascinating."The Washington Post

"If there is any justice, All Creatures Great and Small will become a classic of its kind . . . With seemingly effortless art, this man tells his stories with perfect timing and optimum scale. Many more famous authors could work for a lifetime and not achieve more flawless literary control."Chicago Tribune Book World

"This warm, joyous, and often hilarious first-person chronicle of a young animal doctor [shines] with love of life . . . Herriot charms because he delights in life, embraces it with sensitivity and gusto, and writes with grace. All Creatures Great and Small may well be the happiest book of the year."The New York Times Book Review

"Absolutely super, a rarity, magnificently written, insightful, unforgettable . . . If you have ever loved a friend, human or otherwise, this is the book for you."Houston Chronicle

"Refreshingly original . . . As close to a novel as a chronicle of memoirs could be . . . Hilarious, touching, athletic, and warming . . . Dr. Herriot's [characters] rival any from British fiction."Los Angeles Times

"James Herriot [is] one of those rare men who know how to appreciate the ordinary . . . a natural storyteller."The New York Times

"Warm, anecdotal . . . All Creature Great and Small makes you feel good about the world and some of the people in it."San Francisco Chronicle

"What the world needs now, and does every so often, is a warm, G-rated, down-home, unadrenalized prize of a book that sneaks onto the bestseller lists . . . James Herriot's memoirs qualify admirably."Time

"An inspirational book . . . With all its comedy, tragedy, drama, and farce, [this book] works like a spring tonic: It lifts the spirits and warms the heart . . . There is no advice, no pat formula for better living. There is just Herriot, a man you cannot resist."Chicago Tribune

"Herriot has a real flair for writing and his book is a treat."Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Take an unforgettable journey through the English countryside and into the homes of its inhabitants-- four-legged and otherwise-- with the world's best-loved animal doctor.

For over 25 years-- since All Creatures Great and Small was first published-- readers have delighted to the storytelling genius of James Herriot, the Yorkshire veterinarian whose fascinating vignettes brim with the wonder of life, animal and human.

Whether struggling mightily to position a calf for birthing, or comforting a lonely old man whose beloved dog and only companion has died, Herriot's heartwarming and often hilarious stories of his first years as a country vet perfectly depict the wonderful relationship between man and animal-- and they intimately portray a man whose humor, compassion , and love of life are truly inspiring.

About the Author

James Herriot was born in Scotland and practiced veterinary medicine in Yorkshire, England, for half a century until he died in 1995. He is also the author of Every Living Thing and James Herriot's Dog Stories.

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Nerissa B, October 19, 2013 (view all comments by Nerissa B)
Since I was younger, I've always wanted to be a veterinarian and help animals just like how James Herriot does in his memoir, All Creatures Great and Small. Through tales of what he goes through as a county veterinarian in Yorkshire, you are able to clearly see how much he truly cares and loves his patients. Herriot shows how the little everyday moments mean a lot in his collection of stories that range from embarrassing, funny, heartwarming, and tense moments as he devotes himself to keeping his patients healthy. His interest and love for animals is obvious and infectious. After learning about horses in a college lecture, the young Herriot sees the beautiful animal he has been learning about as he's walking home. He is very excited and thinks to himself, "This is what I had come for. I felt as though I had undergone an initiation and become a member of an exclusive club. I really knew about horses (106)". James is very enthusiastic in learning about and taking care of his animal friends. Although the hard work doesn't pay well, he finds that the joy that comes with saving animals means more to him than any amount of money.
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sarahnaomi24, July 7, 2008 (view all comments by sarahnaomi24)
Perhaps I am a bit prejudiced, having grown up with James Herriot, but to this day there is nothing like curling up with a nice pot of tea, some biscuits, and settling in with Yorkshire and the country vet...So many stories told with such startling simplicity-it is easy to believe that the stories wrote themselves. But we know that they did not; they are the work of a very fine writer, one who knows how to work his way into your imagination until the characters and adventures become part of your own memories. A beautifully told collection which will have you laughing through your tears.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312965785
Author:
Herriot, James
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
England
Subject:
Veterinary Medicine - General
Subject:
Medical
Subject:
Medical - Physicians
Subject:
Veterinarians
Subject:
Veterinarians -- England -- Yorkshire -- Biography.
Subject:
General Pets
Subject:
Herriot, James
Subject:
Veterinarians - England - Yorkshire -
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Biography/Medical
Subject:
Topic - Animals
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Nature Studies-Zoology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
no. 85
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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Take an unforgettable journey through the English countryside and into the homes of its inhabitants-- four-legged and otherwise-- with the world's best-loved animal doctor.

For over 25 years-- since All Creatures Great and Small was first published-- readers have delighted to the storytelling genius of James Herriot, the Yorkshire veterinarian whose fascinating vignettes brim with the wonder of life, animal and human.

Whether struggling mightily to position a calf for birthing, or comforting a lonely old man whose beloved dog and only companion has died, Herriot's heartwarming and often hilarious stories of his first years as a country vet perfectly depict the wonderful relationship between man and animal-- and they intimately portray a man whose humor, compassion , and love of life are truly inspiring.

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