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All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics
by James Herriot

Published: 2011-11-15
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Timeless stories from a country veterinarian about the animals and people that shape life in a sleepy English town
Perhaps better than any other writer, James Herriot reveals the ties that bind us to the natural world. Collected here are three of his masterpieces--All Creatures Great and ...
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Timeless stories from a country veterinarian about the animals and people that shape life in a sleepy English town

Perhaps better than any other writer, James Herriot reveals the ties that bind us to the natural world. Collected here are three of his masterpieces--All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful--which have been winning over animal lovers everywhere for almost fifty years. From his night visits to drafty barns during freezing northern England winters, to the beautiful vitality of rural life in the summertime, to the colorful menagerie of animals--and their owners--that pass through his office, Herriot vividly evokes the daily challenges and joys that come with being a veterinarian.
 
Witty and heartwarming, these classic books also feature an original introduction from the author's son, Jim Wight, and bonus archival photos courtesy of the Herriot estate. "If there is any justice, All Creatures Great And Small will become a classic of its kind...With seemingly effortless art, this man tells his stories with perfect timing and optimum scale. Many more famous authors could work for a lifetime and not achieve more flawless literary control." — Chicago Tribune Book World "Herriot charms because he delights in life, embraces it with sensitivity and gust and writes with grace. All Creatures Great And Small may well be the happiest book of the year." — The New York Times Book Review

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James Herriot (1916–1995) was the pen name of James Alfred "Alf" Wight, an English veterinarian whose tales of veterinary practice and country life have delighted generations. Many of Herriot’s works—including All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful, The Lord God Made Them All, and Every Living Thing—became international bestsellers and have been adapted for film and television. Herriot’s stories rely on numerous autobiographical elements taken from his life in northern England’s Yorkshire County, and they depict a simple, rustic world deeply in touch with the cycles of nature.

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by Dolly S. (see profile) 08/10/20

A truly fun read, full of endearing characters and country wisdom that warmed my heart and made me fall in love with York. Although it is set in the 40s and 50s, it speaks to now and forevermore. A new... (read more)

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