a memoir written by the great James Herriot's son. Herriot's real name was Alfred Wight. this book was a good read but gets long towards the end.
It lets us in on how the vet came to be a writer, it goes thru his life from childhood till his death in 1995. a good book
This is an interesting 'background' book for any James Herriot fan. This memoir book was written by his son, Jim Wight and fills in all the information you wondered about! There are 16 pages of photos of 'the real James Herriot'.
This book bills itself, incorrectly, as a "memoir" of the man that the world knows as James Herriot. In actuality, I believe it should be labeled as a biography as it covers the man's lifespan from his birth and upbringing through his death. I picked this book because I like to read memoirs; biographies, not so much. Whatever the case, this book is about the life of Alf Wight, the man behind the famous James Herriot veterinary books. The book is written touchingly and lovingly by his son, who is also a veterinarian. The author spends a goodly portion of the book writing about his father as a young man and his training as a vet; it seems that the James Herriot part of the book was almost an afterthought. There are plenty of 'behind the scenes' stories about Wight's life as a vet, and how he came to use the Herriot pseudonym. The book is full of little anecdotes about the people and personalities that were so famous in the Herriot books. I enjoyed reading this.