Alf Wight, a modest Scottish writer, better known as James Herriot, wrote books that became worldwide best sellers, films, audiobooks, and a much-loved television show. In The Life of a Country Vet, Graham Lord has written a detailed and affectionate biography of this remarkable man. Lord carefully documents Wight's life, beginning with his childhood in Glasgow and his years in veterinary college. Following his development as a writer, the source of his pen name, and his struggles to get published. Along the way, we encounter some extraordinary events and hidden tragedies in this seemingly magical life.
Millions of fans laughed and cried at Wight's delightful stories of life as a vet. Lord reveals that some of the stories were utterly true, and some were utterly fictional. He illuminates the real relationships between the memorable characters that inhabit the books. This warm yet insightful portrait by Lord - who knew his subject very well - will be enjoyed by Wight's myriad of fans. It also dispels the myths that have grown around the life of one of the most famous and deeply loved vets the world has known.
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Graham Lord is the author of NIV, a biography of David Niven. He has written acclaimed biographies of Arthur Lowe, Dick Francis, James Herriot, and Jeffrey Bernard as well as several novels, an autobiographical portrait of Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and several short stories. For twenty-three years he was the literary editor and weekly books columnist at The Sunday Express in London and he now lives in France with a painter, Juliet Lewis.