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All Creatures Great and Small
by James Herriot

Published: 2014-05-06
Paperback : 448 pages
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The classic multimillion copy bestseller

Delve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients.


For over forty years, generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot's ...

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The classic multimillion copy bestseller

Delve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients.


For over forty years, generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot's marvelous tales, deep love of life, and extraordinary storytelling abilities. For decades, Herriot roamed the remote, beautiful Yorkshire Dales, treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest, and observing animals and humans alike with his keen, loving eye.

In All Creatures Great and Small, we meet the young Herriot as he takes up his calling and discovers that the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire are very different from the sterile setting of veterinary school. Some visits are heart-wrenchingly difficult, such as one to an old man in the village whose very ill dog is his only friend and companion, some are lighthearted and fun, such as Herriot's periodic visits to the overfed and pampered Pekinese Tricki Woo who throws parties and has his own stationery, and yet others are inspirational and enlightening, such as Herriot's recollections of poor farmers who will scrape their meager earnings together to be able to get proper care for their working animals. From seeing to his patients in the depths of winter on the remotest homesteads to dealing with uncooperative owners and critically ill animals, Herriot discovers the wondrous variety and never-ending challenges of veterinary practice as his humor, compassion, and love of the animal world shine forth.

James Herriot's memoirs have sold 80 million copies worldwide, and continue to delight and entertain readers of all ages.

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Tea and snacks
by KimTully (see profile) 07/23/15
We had hot tea, and \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"British-themed\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" snacks, such as scones, shortbread cookies, cucumber sandwiches, etc which helped set the mood for our discussion.

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  "All Creatures Great and Small"by KimTully (see profile) 07/23/15

All of our members loved this book, and many have read/are reading the rest of the series. It's cozy, witty and warm. The characters are interesting and eccentric. We all found the veterinary info fascinating... (read more)

 
  "Sweet - read this many, many years ago."by kj1948 (see profile) 04/14/08

 
  "wonderfull easy read book"by nanabeare (see profile) 07/27/07

This book makes me want to read the rest of the series. Very charming characters that I would like to follow up on.

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