All Things Bright and Beautiful PDF/EPUB · Bright and

All Things Bright and Beautiful PDF/EPUB · Bright and

All Things Bright and Beautiful ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ All Things Bright and Beautiful By James Herriot ✩ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk A very warm, very engaging read The reader falls totally under his spell Associated Press The second volume in the multimillion copy bestselling seriesMillions of readers have delighted in the wonderf A very warm, very Bright and ePUB ✓ engaging read The reader falls totally under his spell Associated Press The second volume in the multimillion copy bestselling seriesMillions of readers have delighted in the wonderful storytelling and everyday miracles of James Herriot in the over thirty years since his delightful animal stories were first introduced to the worldNow in a new edition for the first time in All Things MOBI :Þ a decade, All Things Bright and Beautiful is the beloved sequel to Herriot s first collection, All Creatures Great and Small, and picks up as Herriot, now newly married, journeys among the remote hillside farms and valley towns of the Yorkshire Dales, caring for their inhabitants both two and four legged Throughout, Herriot s deep compassion, humor, and love of life shine out as Things Bright and PDF Ç we laugh, cry, and delight in his portraits of his many, varied animal patients and their equally varied owners Humor, realism, sensitivity, earthiness animals comic and tragic and people droll, pathetic, courageous, eccentric all of whom he views with the same gentle compassion and a lively sense of the sad, the ridiculous, and the admirable Columbus Dispatch.


About the Author: James Herriot

James Herriot is the Bright and ePUB ✓ pen name 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 the age of , he qualified as All Things MOBI :Þ 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 to remain for the rest of his life The original practice is now a Things Bright and PDF Ç 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 Things Bright and Beautiful

  1. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Dogs, cows, horses, sheep, cats anddie, while others are saved, some miraculously so in this continuation of James Herriot s series based on his experiences as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales of Northern England The gorgeous Yorkshire Dales The vast and windswept Yorkshire DalesThis time around the country vet deals with drunk farmers, gets drunk on the job himself, has his Christmas spirit dashed and renewed all in one day, laments the disappearance of horses from farms, puts up with a Dogs, cows, horses, sheep, cats anddie, while others are saved, some miraculously so in this continuation of James Herriot s series based on his experiences as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales of Northern England The gorgeous Yorkshire Dales The vast and windswept Yorkshire DalesThis time around the country vet deals with drunk farmers, gets drunk on the job himself, has his Christmas spirit dashed and renewed all in one day, laments the disappearance of horses from farms, puts up with a snobby intern, and gets called up for service in the war raging in Europe Herriot seeing a pair of patients Herriot gives us victories as well as his embarrassing defeats, the latter of which strengthens our love and attachment for the good doctor The narrative is loose enough for Herriot to drop in things like past veterinarian calls and memories of pre married life and coming up short in the eyes of his father in law Like a classic British sitcom, tried and true comedy is leaned on and recurring characters such as Mr Pickersgill the know it all who knows nothing and Clancy, a massive dog with a temper to match his size make an appearance These things may not be what we came for, but they are part of the package and without them the book wouldn t feel whole If the chapters sometimes seem like short stories, it s because they essentially are Some are true, some are fabricated for sheer pleasure, and all are based on Herriot s pen name long career through out the 20th century, a time of change in the veterinarian and UK farming industry There s no real overarching plot, just a sort of life goes on storyline that vaguely keeps the narrative going The real draw for readers comes from the subject matter and Herriot s keen observations and great ability to spin a highly enjoyable yarn


  2. Julie Julie says:

    I am fully aware that I am about to commit a type of blasphemy, but I was born with truth serum in my veins, and I just can t be stopped I am about to tell you, as respectfully as possible, why this book didn t work for me, and I m not trying to hurt anyone s feelings in doing so I had multiple reviewers here on Goodreads who both scolded me and stopped reading my reviews after I gave Eleanor Oliphant 2 stars, so don t kid yourself into thinking that doesn t happen on here.This is a beloved b I am fully aware that I am about to commit a type of blasphemy, but I was born with truth serum in my veins, and I just can t be stopped I am about to tell you, as respectfully as possible, why this book didn t work for me, and I m not trying to hurt anyone s feelings in doing so I had multiple reviewers here on Goodreads who both scolded me and stopped reading my reviews after I gave Eleanor Oliphant 2 stars, so don t kid yourself into thinking that doesn t happen on here.This is a beloved book A beloved book, and almost every literate person over the age of 55 has either read this, or its predecessor, All Creatures Great and Small.In fact, almost every veterinarian I ve ever met will cite this book, or Herriot s first book orlikely all of Herriot s books as their original inspiration to pursue the veterinary sciences.I can think of MANY readers of my acquaintance, especially my friends in the horse world, who would be riveted by this read.I just wasn t one of them.My first problem, which hit me right in the face, almost as soon as I started reading, was Herriot s excessive use of dialect I can grasp that it was meant to be funny, and it was meant to give the reader the feel of the people, but it was so dense, I couldn t even grasp the meaning of any of it, and I quickly fell into the habit of just flat out skipping over it.And, as to the feel of the people Here comes my next problem So, I m slogging through this, enjoying some of it, skipping some of it, and I realize I m still scratching my head over where Mr Herriot practiced medicine He mentions here in Scotland then here in Yorkshire and here in England Now, I m not British, and I ve never traveled to the U.K., and I understand that these areas are rather close together, but I still don t understand the vagaries I flipped over the book to read that the back cover describes Mr Herriot as journeying through the remote hillside farms and valley towns of the Yorkshire Dales The Yorkshire Dales Okay I Googled a map of the U.K., and I could see the Yorkshire Dales, but why does he make it so unclear I then Googled a map of his actual town of Darrowby, to figure out for once and all where he lived and discovered the following Darrowby is a fictional village in the North Riding of Yorkshire, England, which was used by James Herriot as the setting for his surgery in his book It Shouldn t Happen to a Vet.Wait What A fictional town I then Googled James Herriot and learned that his real name was James Wight, and that his wife s name was actually Joan not Helen as it is in the book.People, can you understand how ANNOYING this is to me This book is clearly selling itself as an autobiographical memoir In fact, it doesn t even come with the disclaimer that This book is a work of fiction on the copyright page.So, DOES Mr Herriot have extraordinarily small hands for a vet And, is his real wife, Joan, a big girl like his fictional wife, Helen Can t be true his actual wife would have filed for divorce over how many times he describes her as big in this book.Are these even real situations that happened in a real town somewhere, written under false names And, my best question yet who wrote this book According to my Google search, James Wight, aka James Herriot, is best known for these semi autobiographical works, beginning with If Only They Could Talk, which spawned a series of movies and television series But this feels like ghost writer territory to me.For those of you who have been in on this big secret, my reaction probably seems overly sensitive to you I know that all of us, as writers, are occasional thieves We sometimes steal from the rich characters , to give to the poor characters , but I think all writers have an obligation to have integrity in their intentions You are either setting out to write about people you know and tell the truth, or you are creating a fictional world that stems from your own imagination.I can t help it I feel ripped off Duped I thought I was reading an autobiographical account of a country veterinarian.Instead, I feel like I did when the writers of the tv show Dallas blew off an entire bad season by explaining that everything that happened was taken back Turns out it wasn t real it was just a dream.I don t even understand where they shelve these books at the libraries and bookstores


  3. Sarah Sarah says:

    The second of Herriot s wonderful memoirs of his veterinary practice in mid twentieth century Yorkshire As with All Creatures Great and Small, his love for the place, the people, and the critters is palpable on every page Recommended for everyone, especially animal lovers and Anglophiles But be warned some of the medical procedures are pretty gruesome.


  4. Melissa Melissa says:

    In fact it set me to thinking about the big question of how girls might be expected to behave after marriage One old farmer giving me advice about choosing a wife once said Have a bloody good look at the mother first, lad and I am sure he had a point But if I may throw in my own little word of counsel it would be to have a passing glance at how she acts towards her father Watching her now as she got down and started to serve my breakfast the warm knowledge flowed through me as it did so In fact it set me to thinking about the big question of how girls might be expected to behave after marriage One old farmer giving me advice about choosing a wife once said Have a bloody good look at the mother first, lad and I am sure he had a point But if I may throw in my own little word of counsel it would be to have a passing glance at how she acts towards her father Watching her now as she got down and started to serve my breakfast the warm knowledge flowed through me as it did so often that my wife was the sort who just liked looking after a man and I was so very lucky.All Things Bright and Beautiful, James Herriot 1974 regarding his life in the thirties.I realize now that many do not know James Herriot He was a country veterinarian in England After he retired he wrote about his practice Often the tales are hysterically funny exploding cows, anyone Sometimes they are sad What unites everything he writes is a genuine love and compassion for both people and animals He writes with great compassion about the foibles and foolishness of his patients and their owners.Years ago when I worked, I commuted a fair distance I had an audio book of some of his animal stories I would often sit it in the car after I got to work so I could finish a story I was the kind of person who often arrived an hour to half an hour early Some of his stories would make me laugh so hard I would almost wet my pants.So his books are certainly endorsed by me.A wave to Sarah Yes we did have the BBC series my parents and us children used to watch them on Sunday afternoons It was one of the few shows I deigned to watch with my parents when I was in HS They were delightful In fact, I think I would like to find them on DVD when the girls get bigger.Also, I ve discovered that the audio book I had was narrated by the fellow who played him on the series and that he has narrated most of the books written by Herriot I should think they will be on my Christmas list at the end of the year


  5. Nate Nate says:

    This series of which I have now read the first two is the most fun you can have reading books They make you want to go to rural England, hole up in a cottage, drink tea and read someJames Herriot I don t want these books to ever end As an aside, this isn t a novel, rather its a collection of short stories, each one just the right length for before bed.


  6. Negin Negin says:

    What can I say I simply love James Herriot He was an absolute natural with story telling This book, just like his first, is heartwarming and puts the reader through an entire gamut of emotions.


  7. Ed Ed says:

    What a marvelous read I d forgotten how endearing the stories are told by the English countryside vet Lots of rural humor and fascinating insights are offered about the farm animal and small pets world I liked the bucolic descriptions of the small towns and rural countryside I hope to return to continuing the series.


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

    The James Herriot books are a bright memory from a difficult time in my life Struggle lightened by the laughter brought through these pages Also some painful moments because life has it s painful moments and they can t be avoided He told them just as he told the others While I have read that the stories related here were not necessarily told in order or as they happened exactly, this is a wonderful book these are wonderful books not to be missed.I can t recommend these highly enough.


  9. Ashley Ashley says:

    It was one of the most satisfying experiences of my working life Not clever, but a magical transformation from despair to hope, from death to life within minutes James Herriot s memoirs are my desert island books If I ever embark on an iffy boat trip, they ll be in the top of my bag, right next to the matches and Wet Ones They re comfort reads of the best kind not in the sense that every story ends happily some don t , and certainly not in the sense that life in rural England was easy it It was one of the most satisfying experiences of my working life Not clever, but a magical transformation from despair to hope, from death to life within minutes James Herriot s memoirs are my desert island books If I ever embark on an iffy boat trip, they ll be in the top of my bag, right next to the matches and Wet Ones They re comfort reads of the best kind not in the sense that every story ends happily some don t , and certainly not in the sense that life in rural England was easy it wasn t , but in the sense that whether things go well or go sideways, you can be certain of Herriot s wise and kind words the peacefulness of the Yorkshire countryside and the hard working, generous hearted people of Darrowby All Things Bright and Beautiful is brimming with warmth, humor, and Herriot s obvious affection for his animal patients and for their humans As The Washington Post said, It s a treat, a rare one, and God knows we all need a treat these days Herriot didn t start writing until he was 50, although he d had the ambition for quite some time I m grateful his wife challenged him to put pen to paper and deeply thankful he finally did


  10. Ruth Brennan Ruth Brennan says:

    Those were the days when I was most grateful I was in country practice the shirt sleeve days when the bleak menace of the bald heights melted into friendliness, when I felt at one with all the airy life and growth about me and was glad that I had become what I never thought I would be, a doctor of farm animals James HerriotThis book could make the most hardened city dweller want to give up their cosmopolitan lifestyle and buy a farm in the countryside with a couple of pigs, sheep and a wor Those were the days when I was most grateful I was in country practice the shirt sleeve days when the bleak menace of the bald heights melted into friendliness, when I felt at one with all the airy life and growth about me and was glad that I had become what I never thought I would be, a doctor of farm animals James HerriotThis book could make the most hardened city dweller want to give up their cosmopolitan lifestyle and buy a farm in the countryside with a couple of pigs, sheep and a working dog called Jock Of course, only if James Herriot is the local vet and the surrounding countryside are the heather covered fells of North Yorkshire Otherwise, his stories will do nicely.All Things Bright and Beautiful is the second in a trilogy of memoirs about James Herriot s life as a Scottish country vet in the Yorkshire Dales It s a book with a sunny disposition full of short chapter stories, some happy, some sad but with laugh out loud moments never far away If you ever need to know how to return a cow s uterus to its rightful place, this is the book for you You don t need to love animals to enjoy this book, but it certainly helps.I m pleased to say, it s not all soapy arm up the rear end Herriot introduces us to farmers and townsfolk, his crusty partner and fun loving brother, and his good humoured, long suffering wife Herriot, sent on a shopping mission to furnish their new bedsit, returns home instead with a weighty, smelly, ancient set of The Geography of the World in Twenty Four Volumes He takes us traipsing through fields, eating freshly baked cake in tiny farmhouse kitchens, chasing ghosts through woodland and drinking until we can barely walk in village pubs.It was a tough life but Herriot was a patient, gentle and kind man with as much an understanding of the people he met as with the biology of the animals he treated He sees farmers as the salt of the earth hardworking, honest, pragmatic, frustrating but ever hopeful.It s slightly unfair that a talented and bright vet, full of empathy for man and beast, could also write so beautifully His writing seems effortless, almost like he s there sitting on the sofa next to you telling you his stories I can see why they translated so well to the small screen I haven t seen any of these yet Have you What did you think I ve put All Creatures Great and Small and All Things Wise and Wonderful on my birthday wish list But I ll read them differently These are dipping books One or two chapters a night, just before sleep And I ll add James Herriot to my Bill Bryson s.the perfect way to while away those pesky night time hours when sleep is elusive


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10 thoughts on “All Things Bright and Beautiful

  1. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Dogs, cows, horses, sheep, cats anddie, while others are saved, some miraculously so in this continuation of James Herriot s series based on his experiences as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales of Northern England The gorgeous Yorkshire Dales The vast and windswept Yorkshire DalesThis time around the country vet deals with drunk farmers, gets drunk on the job himself, has his Christmas spirit dashed and renewed all in one day, laments the disappearance of horses from farms, puts up with a Dogs, cows, horses, sheep, cats anddie, while others are saved, some miraculously so in this continuation of James Herriot s series based on his experiences as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales of Northern England The gorgeous Yorkshire Dales The vast and windswept Yorkshire DalesThis time around the country vet deals with drunk farmers, gets drunk on the job himself, has his Christmas spirit dashed and renewed all in one day, laments the disappearance of horses from farms, puts up with a snobby intern, and gets called up for service in the war raging in Europe Herriot seeing a pair of patients Herriot gives us victories as well as his embarrassing defeats, the latter of which strengthens our love and attachment for the good doctor The narrative is loose enough for Herriot to drop in things like past veterinarian calls and memories of pre married life and coming up short in the eyes of his father in law Like a classic British sitcom, tried and true comedy is leaned on and recurring characters such as Mr Pickersgill the know it all who knows nothing and Clancy, a massive dog with a temper to match his size make an appearance These things may not be what we came for, but they are part of the package and without them the book wouldn t feel whole If the chapters sometimes seem like short stories, it s because they essentially are Some are true, some are fabricated for sheer pleasure, and all are based on Herriot s pen name long career through out the 20th century, a time of change in the veterinarian and UK farming industry There s no real overarching plot, just a sort of life goes on storyline that vaguely keeps the narrative going The real draw for readers comes from the subject matter and Herriot s keen observations and great ability to spin a highly enjoyable yarn

  2. Julie Julie says:

    I am fully aware that I am about to commit a type of blasphemy, but I was born with truth serum in my veins, and I just can t be stopped I am about to tell you, as respectfully as possible, why this book didn t work for me, and I m not trying to hurt anyone s feelings in doing so I had multiple reviewers here on Goodreads who both scolded me and stopped reading my reviews after I gave Eleanor Oliphant 2 stars, so don t kid yourself into thinking that doesn t happen on here.This is a beloved b I am fully aware that I am about to commit a type of blasphemy, but I was born with truth serum in my veins, and I just can t be stopped I am about to tell you, as respectfully as possible, why this book didn t work for me, and I m not trying to hurt anyone s feelings in doing so I had multiple reviewers here on Goodreads who both scolded me and stopped reading my reviews after I gave Eleanor Oliphant 2 stars, so don t kid yourself into thinking that doesn t happen on here.This is a beloved book A beloved book, and almost every literate person over the age of 55 has either read this, or its predecessor, All Creatures Great and Small.In fact, almost every veterinarian I ve ever met will cite this book, or Herriot s first book orlikely all of Herriot s books as their original inspiration to pursue the veterinary sciences.I can think of MANY readers of my acquaintance, especially my friends in the horse world, who would be riveted by this read.I just wasn t one of them.My first problem, which hit me right in the face, almost as soon as I started reading, was Herriot s excessive use of dialect I can grasp that it was meant to be funny, and it was meant to give the reader the feel of the people, but it was so dense, I couldn t even grasp the meaning of any of it, and I quickly fell into the habit of just flat out skipping over it.And, as to the feel of the people Here comes my next problem So, I m slogging through this, enjoying some of it, skipping some of it, and I realize I m still scratching my head over where Mr Herriot practiced medicine He mentions here in Scotland then here in Yorkshire and here in England Now, I m not British, and I ve never traveled to the U.K., and I understand that these areas are rather close together, but I still don t understand the vagaries I flipped over the book to read that the back cover describes Mr Herriot as journeying through the remote hillside farms and valley towns of the Yorkshire Dales The Yorkshire Dales Okay I Googled a map of the U.K., and I could see the Yorkshire Dales, but why does he make it so unclear I then Googled a map of his actual town of Darrowby, to figure out for once and all where he lived and discovered the following Darrowby is a fictional village in the North Riding of Yorkshire, England, which was used by James Herriot as the setting for his surgery in his book It Shouldn t Happen to a Vet.Wait What A fictional town I then Googled James Herriot and learned that his real name was James Wight, and that his wife s name was actually Joan not Helen as it is in the book.People, can you understand how ANNOYING this is to me This book is clearly selling itself as an autobiographical memoir In fact, it doesn t even come with the disclaimer that This book is a work of fiction on the copyright page.So, DOES Mr Herriot have extraordinarily small hands for a vet And, is his real wife, Joan, a big girl like his fictional wife, Helen Can t be true his actual wife would have filed for divorce over how many times he describes her as big in this book.Are these even real situations that happened in a real town somewhere, written under false names And, my best question yet who wrote this book According to my Google search, James Wight, aka James Herriot, is best known for these semi autobiographical works, beginning with If Only They Could Talk, which spawned a series of movies and television series But this feels like ghost writer territory to me.For those of you who have been in on this big secret, my reaction probably seems overly sensitive to you I know that all of us, as writers, are occasional thieves We sometimes steal from the rich characters , to give to the poor characters , but I think all writers have an obligation to have integrity in their intentions You are either setting out to write about people you know and tell the truth, or you are creating a fictional world that stems from your own imagination.I can t help it I feel ripped off Duped I thought I was reading an autobiographical account of a country veterinarian.Instead, I feel like I did when the writers of the tv show Dallas blew off an entire bad season by explaining that everything that happened was taken back Turns out it wasn t real it was just a dream.I don t even understand where they shelve these books at the libraries and bookstores

  3. Sarah Sarah says:

    The second of Herriot s wonderful memoirs of his veterinary practice in mid twentieth century Yorkshire As with All Creatures Great and Small, his love for the place, the people, and the critters is palpable on every page Recommended for everyone, especially animal lovers and Anglophiles But be warned some of the medical procedures are pretty gruesome.

  4. Melissa Melissa says:

    In fact it set me to thinking about the big question of how girls might be expected to behave after marriage One old farmer giving me advice about choosing a wife once said Have a bloody good look at the mother first, lad and I am sure he had a point But if I may throw in my own little word of counsel it would be to have a passing glance at how she acts towards her father Watching her now as she got down and started to serve my breakfast the warm knowledge flowed through me as it did so In fact it set me to thinking about the big question of how girls might be expected to behave after marriage One old farmer giving me advice about choosing a wife once said Have a bloody good look at the mother first, lad and I am sure he had a point But if I may throw in my own little word of counsel it would be to have a passing glance at how she acts towards her father Watching her now as she got down and started to serve my breakfast the warm knowledge flowed through me as it did so often that my wife was the sort who just liked looking after a man and I was so very lucky.All Things Bright and Beautiful, James Herriot 1974 regarding his life in the thirties.I realize now that many do not know James Herriot He was a country veterinarian in England After he retired he wrote about his practice Often the tales are hysterically funny exploding cows, anyone Sometimes they are sad What unites everything he writes is a genuine love and compassion for both people and animals He writes with great compassion about the foibles and foolishness of his patients and their owners.Years ago when I worked, I commuted a fair distance I had an audio book of some of his animal stories I would often sit it in the car after I got to work so I could finish a story I was the kind of person who often arrived an hour to half an hour early Some of his stories would make me laugh so hard I would almost wet my pants.So his books are certainly endorsed by me.A wave to Sarah Yes we did have the BBC series my parents and us children used to watch them on Sunday afternoons It was one of the few shows I deigned to watch with my parents when I was in HS They were delightful In fact, I think I would like to find them on DVD when the girls get bigger.Also, I ve discovered that the audio book I had was narrated by the fellow who played him on the series and that he has narrated most of the books written by Herriot I should think they will be on my Christmas list at the end of the year

  5. Nate Nate says:

    This series of which I have now read the first two is the most fun you can have reading books They make you want to go to rural England, hole up in a cottage, drink tea and read someJames Herriot I don t want these books to ever end As an aside, this isn t a novel, rather its a collection of short stories, each one just the right length for before bed.

  6. Negin Negin says:

    What can I say I simply love James Herriot He was an absolute natural with story telling This book, just like his first, is heartwarming and puts the reader through an entire gamut of emotions.

  7. Ed Ed says:

    What a marvelous read I d forgotten how endearing the stories are told by the English countryside vet Lots of rural humor and fascinating insights are offered about the farm animal and small pets world I liked the bucolic descriptions of the small towns and rural countryside I hope to return to continuing the series.

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

    The James Herriot books are a bright memory from a difficult time in my life Struggle lightened by the laughter brought through these pages Also some painful moments because life has it s painful moments and they can t be avoided He told them just as he told the others While I have read that the stories related here were not necessarily told in order or as they happened exactly, this is a wonderful book these are wonderful books not to be missed.I can t recommend these highly enough.

  9. Ashley Ashley says:

    It was one of the most satisfying experiences of my working life Not clever, but a magical transformation from despair to hope, from death to life within minutes James Herriot s memoirs are my desert island books If I ever embark on an iffy boat trip, they ll be in the top of my bag, right next to the matches and Wet Ones They re comfort reads of the best kind not in the sense that every story ends happily some don t , and certainly not in the sense that life in rural England was easy it It was one of the most satisfying experiences of my working life Not clever, but a magical transformation from despair to hope, from death to life within minutes James Herriot s memoirs are my desert island books If I ever embark on an iffy boat trip, they ll be in the top of my bag, right next to the matches and Wet Ones They re comfort reads of the best kind not in the sense that every story ends happily some don t , and certainly not in the sense that life in rural England was easy it wasn t , but in the sense that whether things go well or go sideways, you can be certain of Herriot s wise and kind words the peacefulness of the Yorkshire countryside and the hard working, generous hearted people of Darrowby All Things Bright and Beautiful is brimming with warmth, humor, and Herriot s obvious affection for his animal patients and for their humans As The Washington Post said, It s a treat, a rare one, and God knows we all need a treat these days Herriot didn t start writing until he was 50, although he d had the ambition for quite some time I m grateful his wife challenged him to put pen to paper and deeply thankful he finally did

  10. Ruth Brennan Ruth Brennan says:

    Those were the days when I was most grateful I was in country practice the shirt sleeve days when the bleak menace of the bald heights melted into friendliness, when I felt at one with all the airy life and growth about me and was glad that I had become what I never thought I would be, a doctor of farm animals James HerriotThis book could make the most hardened city dweller want to give up their cosmopolitan lifestyle and buy a farm in the countryside with a couple of pigs, sheep and a wor Those were the days when I was most grateful I was in country practice the shirt sleeve days when the bleak menace of the bald heights melted into friendliness, when I felt at one with all the airy life and growth about me and was glad that I had become what I never thought I would be, a doctor of farm animals James HerriotThis book could make the most hardened city dweller want to give up their cosmopolitan lifestyle and buy a farm in the countryside with a couple of pigs, sheep and a working dog called Jock Of course, only if James Herriot is the local vet and the surrounding countryside are the heather covered fells of North Yorkshire Otherwise, his stories will do nicely.All Things Bright and Beautiful is the second in a trilogy of memoirs about James Herriot s life as a Scottish country vet in the Yorkshire Dales It s a book with a sunny disposition full of short chapter stories, some happy, some sad but with laugh out loud moments never far away If you ever need to know how to return a cow s uterus to its rightful place, this is the book for you You don t need to love animals to enjoy this book, but it certainly helps.I m pleased to say, it s not all soapy arm up the rear end Herriot introduces us to farmers and townsfolk, his crusty partner and fun loving brother, and his good humoured, long suffering wife Herriot, sent on a shopping mission to furnish their new bedsit, returns home instead with a weighty, smelly, ancient set of The Geography of the World in Twenty Four Volumes He takes us traipsing through fields, eating freshly baked cake in tiny farmhouse kitchens, chasing ghosts through woodland and drinking until we can barely walk in village pubs.It was a tough life but Herriot was a patient, gentle and kind man with as much an understanding of the people he met as with the biology of the animals he treated He sees farmers as the salt of the earth hardworking, honest, pragmatic, frustrating but ever hopeful.It s slightly unfair that a talented and bright vet, full of empathy for man and beast, could also write so beautifully His writing seems effortless, almost like he s there sitting on the sofa next to you telling you his stories I can see why they translated so well to the small screen I haven t seen any of these yet Have you What did you think I ve put All Creatures Great and Small and All Things Wise and Wonderful on my birthday wish list But I ll read them differently These are dipping books One or two chapters a night, just before sleep And I ll add James Herriot to my Bill Bryson s.the perfect way to while away those pesky night time hours when sleep is elusive

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