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If Only They Could Talk

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  1,402 ratings  ·  89 reviews
IF ONLY THEY COULD TALK: When newly qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? Herriot recalls his development from raw young recruit to confident veterinary surgeon in a rural practice in the 1930s. His descriptions of eccentric owners and their animals are vivid and...more
259 pages
Published September 2nd 1986 by WH Smith (first published 1970)
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Sharon
Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love animals. What many may not know is how author James Herriot's books inspired me to be a veterinarian. As a child, the answer to "What do you want to be when you grow up" was always "a vet."

While that childhood dream did not come true, I have never lost the fondness for Herriot's work. So, when this book turned up on our office swap shelf, I nabbed it.

"If Only They Could Talk" is a UK-issued book consisting of selected stories from All Creatures Great An...more
Meg
So where do I start?

James Herriot, or in truth, James Alfred Wright, is a master storyteller, whose ability to paint scenes and emotions with only his words is truly astounding. How anyone can write so elegantly, and truthfully, is a rare and astonishing thing. His memoirs should truly be cherished, this first book setting an excellent scene for many humorous and poignant works.

However, when asked what i was reading by the many people who always strive for conversation when you are quite content...more
Koen
Ini betul-betul salah satu buku yang mempengaruhi hidupku :). Alf Wight, seorang dokter hewan dari Yorkshire, menovelisasi hidupnya dan menggunakan nama samaran James Herriot.

James Herriot adalah anak muda yang pemalu tapi kreatif dan bersemangat tinggi. Lulus sebagai dokter hewan di Skotlandia, ia memperoleh tempat kerja di sebuah kota kecil bernama Darrowby di daerah Yorkshire di Inggris. Atasannya seorang dokter hewan Siegfried Farnon, yang cerdas namun eksentrik dan pelupa, dan hidupnya seri...more
Eileen Monroe
I loved James Herriott's books when I was a kid... he was one of the reasons I always wanted to be a vet...
Christinnatalia
Sebagai pecinta hewan, menurut saya buku ini bagusss banget dan saya merasa wajib memberi 5 bintang yang berarti'Luar Biasaa.' James Herriot selain dokter hewan handal juga adalah seorang pencerita ulung. Caranya menuturkan cerita sangat mengalir. Saya suka bagaimana beliau 'memberi' karakter untuk tokoh-tokohnya, yaitu Farnon bersaudara, sang penjaga rumah, tukang kebun, sekretaris, para peternak, para pemilik pasiennya, bahkan untuk para binatang-binatang itu sendiri. Deskripsinya mengenai des...more
Amelia Amel
KIRIM SAYA KE DESANYA HERRIOT PLEASE.
Serius, saya gak heran sama sekali kenapa si Ikal bisa segitu terpananya sama Edensor (tapi kok saya gak merasa baca kata Edensor ya dibuku ini. Atau gara2 udah lupa mungkin). Ngomong2 ini reviewnya:

Ini mainstream banget, tapi saya gak punya pilihan lain selain ngomong "Jadi buku ini bercerita tentang James Herriot, dokter hewan yang lagi praktek di desa kecil di Inggris. Tentang pengalamannya." Tapi saya mencoba bikin review yang semoga bisa deskripsiin sisi...more
Boof
What a wonderful trip down memory lane this book was. I remember watching the TV series back in the 70's and 80's and picking this book up for the first time was like settling down by the fire with old friends.

Set in the Yorkshire Dales, this is the first book in a series by rookie vet James Herriot and his new life in the countryside and among the animals and his struggle to win over the old Yorkshire farmers and eccentric characters he meets there. There were so many times when I literally la...more
Marie
Now this was a thoroughly enjoyable little book. It was quickly read - in less than a day - but every vanilla-scented, yellowed paperback page was a sheer delight to turn. It now seems odd that it would have taken me this long to acquaint myself with James Herriot (nom de plume), but perhaps this was just the right time in life to take up the acquaintance after all. Having driven up and down the same precarious roads that he lurches along, looked up at the same balding fells and travelled parall...more
YorkshireSue
Jan 14, 2008 YorkshireSue rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal lovers,readers wanting laughter (& tears) from a book
Shelves: all-time-faves
Loved all the James Herriot books. My parents began to read them when I was maybe 10 or so and they would laugh out loud but I was far too cool to read what my parents did until one day I had a miserable toothache/earache and to take my mind off it I began to read one of this series of books. I too ended up laughing and simply being transported away to a different time, yet with places that seemed comfortingly familiar. (I'm from Yorkshire originally and was living there at this time.) I wrote m...more
Gareth Evans
I first read this book in my early teens around the time of the great Herriot boom; a very popular TV series, 3 feature films and parts of North Yorkshire branding themselves as 'Herriot Country'. I had fond memories of the books and the TV series and, in rereading one of the books, was worried that I would view it as sentimental and facile. However, the Herriot industry was started because the books are well written and not overly sentimental. Herriot is a clever writer, clear and direct and ca...more
Dark-Draco
I remember reading these a long time ago, back when there was a TV series loosely based on the books and I was still keen to be a vet. This book tells the tale of the young James, just of college and desperate for a job, meeting Siegfried for the first time and slowly coming to terms with the characters around him - human and animal. There are lots of touching, funny, sad and outright hilarious moments; some that any animal owner will recognise and sympathise with. Times may have changed a lot,...more
Sam
James Herriot's books are some of my favourite comfort reads, and it occurred to me I hadn't read them in several years, so here I am, back in late 1930's Yorkshire.

If you're never encountered James Herriot, he was a vet who got his first job in the Yorkshire Dales and never left. He fell in love with the countryside, the people, the animals and his life there, and that love really shows in his books. Starting his career at a point where the tractor was quickly taking over from horses, and huge...more
Miranda
Nov 28, 2008 Miranda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal lovers
Recommended to Miranda by: English Teacher
Shelves: animal
I had to read one of James Herriot's books for a book report. I ended up devouring every single one of his books in a matter of 2-3 days when I was 17. My English teacher was very impressed.
Abi Ghifari
Saya mengenal novel 'If Only They Could Talk' untuk pertama kalinya justru dari novel-novel karya Andrea Hirata yang terangkum dalam tetralogi Laskar Pelangi. Novel yang ditulis oleh James Herriot ini mengisahkan tentang pengalaman dan petualangan dirinya setelah lulus dari sekolah kedokteran hewan dan kemudian bekerja sebagai asisten praktek di desa kecil Darrowby.

Pengalaman demi pengalaman menarik dialami Herriot di tahun pertamanya menjadi asisten seorang dokter hewan dengan reputasi yang bai...more
Eddie
Very different from my usual reads, this book gave me a real feel for the day to day activities of a life so unlike my own. In a laid back, positive style and with a subtle kind of humor that creeps up slowly, James Herriot takes us through his first year of apprenticeship as a Veterinarian in Yorkshire, in which he has to learn to handle both the animals and their diverse, eccentric owners.

A routine part of the job, Herriot frequently finds himself shoulder deep inside the rectum of some animal...more
Laura
May 16, 2011 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
What a book! I read a battered 1973 edition, and its well-loved condition should have indicated just how great it was going to be, but it took me a while before I first picked it up.

Hilarity ensues from page one, with Herriot (first person narrator) and a cow in labour (I shall say no more). It is hard to believe that the book is based on the writer's real life experiences of a nineteen thirties vetinary practice in the Yorkshire Dales. Indeed, most of the characters are so well described they t...more
Jules Jones
First of the memoir/novels by James Herriot about life in a rural veterinary practice, abridged to 3 CD length. It's read by Christopher Timothy, who played Herriot in the 1970s/80s tv adaptation All Creatures Great and Small, and it's read very well.[return][return]This book covers the period from Herriot's arrival at the practice for a job interview to the end of his first year there. It was a time when modern drugs were just starting to come into use -- before antibiotics, but with some other...more
Charlotte
Jul 18, 2013 Charlotte rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Animal Lovers
Recommended to Charlotte by: Found series in Book People
I really enjoyed this book. I've always wanted to be a vet so reading these books is really lovely and the more I read the more desperate I am to be a vet. The stories and characters are great and I would definitely recommend these books to animal lovers. You'll definitely want to move to the countryside by the end of it!
Only thing I would add is, make sure you read them in the right order! I got all eight books in a box set, so assumed they would be arranged in the order to be read...they weren...more
Simon
He isn't a writer but this helps. A vet remembers his early days in The Dales with deliberate fondness and plenty of rosy tint. You wouldn't use it as a reference for your dissertation on British social fabric between the wars but it makes pleasant winter time reading. Difficult to dislike. I might leave it a while before I read the next one though. It is actually a 3 and a half.
Asma' Abdul muhaimin
This was the spark I needed to rekindle my interest in reading. Who would have thought the life of a vet would be filled with so much adventure. And Tristan, the poor soul, really adds life to the stories. I laughed til my sides ached. For someone who grew up with Enid Blyton's farm stories, this was a good extension.
Becky
I loved listening to this as an audio book on the way to work. It really made the journey enjoyable for a change. It was entertaining, funny and really easy to follow. A perfect story to listen to - mind you it was more anecdotes than a plot but who cares! It was fantastic. The Yorkshire dales came to life.
Eniko
Please Note: This is not the actual book I read: the one I have, I can't seem to find by seraching, but it is one volume of several of Herriot's books.

I have read this book (these books - there are six in one volume) a number of times and I enjoy it even more with each read. I remember favourite chapters, and discover new details I had previously missed. It is so wonderful to read them all in one volume, as each title is really a continuation of the previous book.
I love how If Only They Could T...more
Ruth
c1970. Pseudonym of Alf Wight who sadly suffered from depression - and guess what? - all because of his relationship with his parents! A quote from his son "My father didn't write about animals- he wrote about people. That, I think, is what keeps his work alive today." ""Driving home, I mused on the many advantages of being Tricki's uncle. When he went to the seaside he sent me boxes of oak-smoked kippers; and when the tomatoes ripened in his greenhouse, he sent a pound or two every week. Tins o...more
Indah Threez Lestari
Buku ini kubeli di lapak buku bekas Palasari Bandung waktu aku masih SMP, dan terus terang bukan buku favorit, karena kayaknya cuma baca satu kali, habis itu terlupakan di pojokan terdalam lemari.

Baru ingat lagi punya buku ini setelah baca Laskar Pelangi, di mana buku ini jadi buku favorit si Ikal (mungkin karena novel satu-satunya yang dia punya sih), yang membuatnya terobsesi sampai buku-buku berikutnya.

Tapi setelah tahu itu juga, tetep... nggak dibaca ulang. Jadi tetap lupa deh ceritanya. Tap...more
Kim
I've loved James Herriot forever. I started reading him as a teen.... interestingly, now that I'm both older and a vegetarian (nearly vegan).... I found some of the stories disturbing. I'm going to keep these books, but it will probably be a long time before I re-read them
Ashley Booth
My mom got me this for my birthday and it was truthfully a very enjoyable read. Just good storytelling, nothing complicated.
Nufira Stalwart
Satu-satunya motivasi mencari dan membaca novel ini karena ini adalah novel yang dikasih A Ling buat Ikal yang akhirnya mengantarkan Ikal ke desa Edensor.
Novel ini sejenis diary seorang dokter hewan yang menjalani suka duka saat menjalankan tugas.Berhasil bikin saya ngakak, bikin saya terpesona sama Yorkshire dan menyimpan impian untuk mengunjunginya kelak. Yah sekalipun ceritanya mengerikan ketika sampai di bagian James Herriot menangani kelahiran hewan, atau menangani penyakit yang menjijikan...more
Iain Hamill
I loved this series when I was growing up, and have enjoyed the chance to explore "Herriot" country in the last few years!
Elizabeth
I have to say when I first started reading this book I was a little disappointed. I had previously read the "All Creatures Great and Small" series by Herriot. I was expecting these to be the same types of stories but different stories than those in the previously mentioned series. These stories were the exact same. It was nice to hear these stories again but I was ready for some different ones. Still wonderful stories and they are wonderfully told. A must read for any animal lover or anyone who...more
Yining
it'll make you laugh. it'll make you cry. recommended for all animal lovers!
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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.

In 1939, at the age of 23, he qualified as a veterinary surgeon with Glasgow...more
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“My mind went back to that picture in the obstetrics book. A cow standing in the middle of a gleaming floor while a sleek veterinary surgeon in a spotless parturition overall inserted his arm to a polite distance. He was relaxed and smiling, the farmer and his helpers were smiling, even the cow was smiling. There was no dirt or blood or sweat anywhere.
That man in the picture had just finished an excellent lunch and had moved next door to do a bit of calving just for the sheer pleasure of it, as a kind of dessert. He hadn't crawled shivering from his bed at two o'clock in the morning and bumped over twelve miles of frozen snow, staring sleepily ahead till the lonely farm showed in the headlights. He hadn't climbed half a mile of white fell-side to the doorless barn where his patient lay.”
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