All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Posted March 20, 2016 in Book Review / 1 Comment

All Creatures Great and Small by James HerriotAll Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Series: All Creatures Great and Small #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 15th 1992
Genres: Biography, Nonfiction
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover
Source: Owned
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Here is the heartwarming true story of Dr. James Herriot, a country veterinarian whose unique courage, warmth, and natural storytelling ability have captured the heart of American in a very special way!

Main points

Oh I so love this book. It’s got to be my favorite nonfiction. It’s so beautifully written it reads like fiction, and it’s really funny and heartwarming.

It’s written by a vet so it’s got loads of technical terms and such but you can pretty much always tell what’s going on. I used to want to be a vet so I find it fascinating. There’s just the right amount of vet work interspersed among the other aspects of his life. And everyone else is quite a character.

Siegfried is hilarious. He’s almost unbelievable. He’s the man who hired James on as an assistant, so he’s his employer. But he’s so comically absent-minded and contradictory. He’ll say one thing and then say the exact opposite a few weeks later and won’t give James time to remind him. He won’t remember what he had said before. He’s just extremely forgetful. But he’s great with vet work, especially horses.

And then there’s Siegfried’s younger brother Tristan, who is studying to be a vet but a rather reluctant one. He’s not much of a help and rather bungles things up all the time, causing Siegfried to sack him several times a week but then promptly forget. But he’s funny as well and a rather cheerful sort, in contrast with Siegfried. He always tries to get James to have more fun even though it doesn’t go well all the time.

And of course there’s patient Helen, the girl James likes. She’s very nice and understanding when James is awkward or things don’t turn out the way they thought. I like her very much too.

And of course all the farmers and other clients of theirs are amusing characters as well, in their own way. It’s definitely an entertaining read. I love reading about James’ adventures. I can’t wait to read more of the series.

 reaction upon finishing

Ohh that’s so sweet!

this book in one word


About James Herriot

James Herriot is the pen name of James Alfred Wight, OBE, FRCVS also known as Alf Wight, an English veterinary surgeon and writer. Wight is best known for his semi-autobiographical stories, often referred to collectively as All Creatures Great and Small, a title used in some editions and in film and television adaptations.

Overall: five-stars


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This sounds so entertaining. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!