All Creatures Great and Small is the heartwarming memoirs of James Herriot, a veterinarian who dedicates his life to healing animals. From Yorkshire in England to the rural farms across Europe, James shares anecdotes about the many animals he has treated during his career – from cats and dogs to horses and cows. Warm, funny, and deeply compassionate, this book offers readers a unique insight into the bonds that develop between doctor and patient (of both species), as well as revealing what it truly means to be devoted to one’s work.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for those who are interested in the relationships between animals and humans, as well as those who love a good memoir. It offers charming anecdotes about life on the farm from one of Britain’s most beloved veterinarians.
- The author has a great sense of humor and writes in an easy-to-read style.
- The book is full of charming stories about the animals James has treated over the years.
- It offers readers a unique perspective on the relationships between doctors and patients (of both species).
- Some readers may find the book sentimental or cloying
- The author’s British dialect and humor can be difficult to understand at times
- Some of the stories recounted are troubling, such as those involving injured animals
Learn more about the author
James Alfred Wight, OBE, known professionally as James Herriot, was a British veterinarian and author. He is best remembered for his semi-autobiographical stories about working in the rural Yorkshire Dales which were adapted into the highly successful BBC television series All Creatures Great and Small.
“A delightful book which is impossible not to enjoy.”
“A delightful book – the description of veterinary life is both entertaining and informative. I have never wanted to be a vet more than after reading this marvelous memoir.”
“This is the sort of book that you just don’t want to end. It’s one of those stories that make you feel good about life, and remind us all why we should care for our fellow creatures.”
“A delightful and informative read. After reading this book I had a much greater understanding of the important role veterinarians play in our society.”