Synopses & Reviews
The triumphant conclusion to the legendary series
With each book more engaging than the last, James Herriot once again brings us the magical beauty of Yorkshire through his uplifting experiences as a country veterinarian. These stories provide a grand finale to the wonderful books that began with All Creatures Great and Small and continued in All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Things Wise and Wonderful.
It is just after World War II, and James has returned from the Royal Air Force to do battle with the diseases and injuries that befall the farm animals and pets of Skeldale and the surrounding moors. Four-year-old Jimmy Herriot, Humphrey Cobb and his little beagle Myrtle, Norman the book-loving veterinary assistant, and many more new faces join old favorites among the green hills of Yorkshire, as James takes an unforgettable voyage to Russia on a freighter with 383 pedigreed sheep. Touching our hearts with laughter and wisdom, lifting our spirits with compassion and goodness, James Herriot never fails to delight.
"This is Herriot at his best. . . able to make us laugh, cry or nod in agreement with some snippet of universal truth."
--The Washington Post
"Herriot is a spellbinder as a storyteller."
---The Seattle Times
"James Herriot is a pied piper with the written word. He eases his readers into loving, liking and laughing at familiar characters, animal and human."
--The Los Angeles Times
"A master storyteller with flawless timing."
--The Houston Post
"Herriot's book just explodes with the joy of living and loving and caring."
--The Columbus Dispatch
"The warm of Herriot's prose approaches poetic. . . . a master storyteller."
"A triumph in the art of storytelling, as delightful and refreshing to the mind's eye and heart as a field of bright-eyed daisies."
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram
In this volume, Herriot returns home to his beloved family and multitude of patients after World War II with many more tender, funny, sad, and wise stories to tell.
About the Author
James Herriot (1916-1995) was the bestselling author of memoirs including All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful, and Every Living Thing. At age 23, Herriot qualified for veterinary practice with the Glasgow Veterinary College, and moved to the town of Thirsk in Yorkshire to work in a rural practice. He would live in, work in, and write about the region for the rest of his life. Though he dreamed for years of writing a book, his veterinary work and his family kept him busy, and he did not start writing until the age of 50. In 1979, he was awarded the title Order of the British Empire (OBE). His veterinary practice in Yorkshire, England, is now tended by his son, Jim Wight.