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Every Living Thing

All Creatures Great and Small

James Herriot

St. Martin's Griffin

0312348525

9780312348526

Trade Paperback

352 Pages

$16.99

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This fifth and final of James Herriot’s heartwarming story collections brings back familiar friends (including old favorites such as Tricki Woo) and introduces new ones, including Herriot’s children Rosie and Jimmy and the marvelously eccentric vet Calum Buchanan.

As James grows older, he finds that change comes even to his beloved Yorkshire—unexpected, perhaps, but not unwelcome, as he watches his own two children come to share and participate in his deep love of the animal world. Herriot’s last memoir, Every Living Thing is a truly heartwarming read, breathtakingly full of his deep joy in life, sense of humor, and appreciation of the world around him.

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"Like its predecessors, this graceful collection of essays about the hardy dalesmen and women of Yorkshire and their animals is like a cup of hot sugared tea by the fire. Funny and poignant, it’s the work of a mature memoirist who has learned to polish his reminiscences to a mellow gleam."—Chicago Sun-Times
 
"Smashingly good sequel to the beloved veterinarian's earlier memoirs, and well worth the ten-year wait since The Lord God Made Them All. Although no exact dates are given, Herriot seems to pick up just where he left off, in the 1960's in rural Yorkshire, when veterinary medicine was still a barehanded, rough-and-tumble affair, with farm animals the main patients and infection a constant threat. (Herriot seems to spend half his time slipping on cow turds or with his arm up a cow's vagina, helping a birthing calf see the light of day.) The author's superbly gifted partner, Siegfried, is back, as is Herriot's loving wife, Helen. But the practice has expanded and much of the good feeling here involves two assistants: John Crooks, who goes on to become a world-class vet, and Calum Buchanan, eccentric supreme, who eats ducks with feathers attached and collects a menagerie of badgers, foxes, monkeys, and rabbits before setting out for Papua New Guinea. Herriot buys a house; dresses like a buffoon to save a client's farm; comes down with a dreadful cow disease; tends to our old friend Tricky Woo, Mrs. Pumphrey's spoiled Pekingese; and, in general, sheds his benign presence on a zooful of animals and a zooful of human beings. The milieu is deliciously familiar—"a dirty, dangerous job" made glorious by "the whole rich life." So is the moral—that love of animals is synonymous with love of human beings, and that there can never be too much of either. Crafted with foxy intelligence and angelic compassion: proof that for a 'vitnery' in the Yorkshire dales, life is bliss—and bliss, too, for a few hours at least, for happy readers."—Kirkus Reviews

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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 The Lord God Made Them All. 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,
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • James Herriot

  • James Herriot lived in Yorkshire, England with his wife and family, where his son has now taken over his veterinary practice. He is the author of the classic international bestsellers All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful, and The Lord God Made Them All. He is also the author of numerous collections of short stories and a series of illustrated books for children. Dr. Herriot died in February 1995.
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