All Creatures Great and Small: The classic memoirs of a Yorkshire country vet

All Creatures Great and Small

The classic memoirs of a Yorkshire country vet

James Herriot

Contains If Only They Could Talk and It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet

The inspiration for the BBC series of the same name

Fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, to the young James Herriot 1930s Yorkshire seems to offers an idyllic pocket of rural life in a rapidly changing world. But from his erratic new colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, to incomprehensible farmers, herds of semi-feral cattle, a pig called Nugent and an overweight Pekingese called Tricki Woo, James find he is on a learning curve as steep as the hills around him. And when he meets Helen, the beautiful daughter of a local farmer, all the training and experience in the world can’t help him…

Since they were first published, James Herriot’s memoirs have sold millions of copies and entranced generations of animal lovers. Charming, funny and touching, All Creatures Great and Small is a heart-warming story of determination, love and companionship from one of Britain’s best-loved authors.

'I grew up reading James Herriot's books and I'm delighted that thirty years on, they are still every bit as charming, heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny as they were then' Kate Humble

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ISBN: 9781447225997
Publication date: 17.01.2013
Number of pages: 560
Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm

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ISBN: 9781447224211
Publication date: 17.05.2012

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A country idyll

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Letter from the Editor

Dear reader,
 
When I started at Macmillan nearly four years ago, one of my first jobs was working on new editions of the first two James Herriot titles. Whilst secretly pleased, I remember thinking, ‘hang on, am I working in the children’s books division?’ Because that’s what they were to me – books I’d read and loved as a kid; books that had made me desperately want to become a vet; books that had painted a picture of Yorkshire so vivid that on visiting family I’d felt faintly let down that there were no rolling hills or escaped pigs in Rotherham town centre.
 
In house, we all have our childhood memories of James Herriot – Jon Butler, the Non-Fiction Publisher, spent Sunday after Sunday watching All Creatures Great and Small round his nan’s house; Jenny Shone, our Senior Production Controller, remembers her mum accidentally reading her a particularly gory tale about pulling out a horse’s tooth just after she’d had a tooth removed; Sophie Jonathan from Picador simply gasped when I said the name and all but started singing the Animal Hospital theme tune.
 
But reading them again, the most important thing that struck me is that they’re not children’s books.  Heart-warming stories of animal companionship aside, life as a vet in the 1930s onwards was also one of hardship and determination. From darkly comic tales of the early days of bovine IVF, to the tragedy of family farms laid low by foot and mouth, to the privations and separations of wartime, Herriot’s idyll was hard-won. In a time when East End nurses are de rigueur, spare a thought for the Yorkshire country vet.
 
A final thought: two months ago, my beloved dog, Eddie, died. When we got him I was a country bumpkin twelve-year-old; when we lost him I was a twenty-five-year-old Londoner, but our diverging lives made no difference to the way I felt. And the first thing I did was to stop working on these books, stop thinking about them as an editor, and take them home and read them again. Because they reconnect us, not so much to our childhoods, as to our homes and our families. And because if anyone understands why, despite the inevitable heartache, we long to spend our lives with animals, it’s James Herriot.
 
So if you’ve read them before, why not remind yourself of what you loved about them the first time round? And if you haven’t, well, I’m quite jealous of everything you’ve got to catch up on.
 
Kate Hewson
Non-Fiction Editorial, Macmillan
December 2012

Books by James Herriot

  • All Things Bright and Beautiful: The classic memoirs of a Yorkshire country vet
  • All Things Wise and Wonderful: The classic memoirs of a Yorkshire country vet
  • Every Living Thing: The classic memoirs of a Yorkshire country vet
  • The Lord God Made Them All: The classic memoirs of a Yorkshire country vet
  • Vet in Harness
  • It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet: The further adventures of a 1930s vet
  • If Only They Could Talk: The classic memoirs of a 1930s vet
  • Let Sleeping Vets Lie
  • Vet in Harness
  • Vet in a Spin
  • Vets Might Fly
  • James Herriot's Dog Stories