I have read and loved James Herriot's books and always thought they were autobiographical. According to this biography, not so. I knew James Herriot was a pseudonym and that his real name was James Alfred Wight - people called him Alf. I didn't know his books were novels written in the first person that were highly fictionalized, only loosely based on his life as subject matter. I enjoyed this book and appreciated the photographs that were included. My only complaint is wishing there were more photos of James' personal life, family and friends instead of so many of the actors of the tv shows and movies.
Very good book. Great for an All Creatures fan.
This is the biography of James Herriot. This a former Library book. I removed the library's inner and outer book covers and there is a new book that the public has not touched. It does have library stamps.
James Herriot is the beloved English vet who had a BBC TV series "ALL Creatures Great and Small" .
Herriot was a farm vet who made home visits from 1937 -1960's when his clientele became more domestic creatures like cats and dogs that you could bring to his clinic in town. His big farm animals were humous but his country clientele were hysterical. He wrote books like" The Lord God made them all', "All Creatures great and small, Dog stories, Cat stories and many more. If you have read one of Herriot's books you will know what I mean. James Herriot was a great animal lover and writer. I love all his books. I highly recommend this book.
A detailed and affectionate biography of the remarkable man who became known as James Herriot, country vet.
If you love his series of books like I do (my son's middle name is Tristan) I'm not sure that I'd read this book. They kind of burst my bubble about some of the characters that I loved - (Trikki Wu and some of his clients were compilations of several dogs / persons) I was probably one of the only people in the world that took everything in the book literally. WAHHH I wanted to believe his stories just as I read them.
That being said - the book was very readible. So if you had already figured out that some of the timeframes and situations were manipulated for his series -- this book will leave you with a cozy feeling.