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James Herriot, 3 Volumes Boxed Set Includes: "All Creatures Great and Small", "All Things Bright and Beautiful", & "All Things Wise and Wonderful" All Three Lovable Bestsellers (All Creatures Great and Small #1-6)

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ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL:
Take an unforgettable journey through the English countryside and into the homes of its inhabitants-- four-legged and otherwise-- with the world's best-loved animal doctor. James Herriot is the Yorkshire veterinarian whose fascinating vignettes brim with the wonder of life, animal and human. Whether struggling mightily to position a calf for b
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Mass Market, 499 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by Bantam Books
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Pouting Always
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really really enjoyed the first book but I got bored with the second and third ones. I'm not sure if it's because I read them all at once because that's the way this version is but it gets old hearing about his hand up cows vaginas. The writing is very good though and it was really interesting, I never realized how much work being a vet could be. I think also since the third one was about the war I was like uninterested. I'm tired of reading about peoples war experiences it depresses me. I hig ...more
Anne
This omnibus edition is on sale today for Kindle for only $3.99. I always highly, highly recommend James Herriot to anyone, and this is a fabulous deal. Get yours here.
Anne
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read this again after many years. Hilarious and touching at different points in these vignettes about people and animals.
John Koehler
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love animals and don't mind taking a trip to Yorkshire, England, James Herriot's three books are a wonderful change from so much of what goes by contemporary work. The stories all come from the author's experiences as a vet. They are funny and witty, but the overriding flavor is of how wonderful life is, and how fabulous the author paints it. Perhaps it is that is was from a different time, the 1930s, but we can never have enough of these kinds of wonderful feel good books.
John Haake
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All three books - like three diamonds

What can I say - if you’re reading my review because you haven’t decided to read any or all of the authors books - then just stop reading reviews and BEGIN NOW on these gems - you won’t be disappointed. We need more men such as this in the world today!
Sonia Crites
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely and Heartfelt

I first read these books as a shy young animal loving girl. All these years later they still brought me joy.
Doug
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read these books as a teenager and fell in love with both the portrayal of the people of 'the dales' where James Herriot worked and the animals he treated. I've had a chance to reread it and enjoyed it just a much. Well worth the time.
Anneliese
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, animals
Love, love, love. I cannot speak highly enough of James Herriot. His writing style is beautiful; ranging from earthy to funny to serious to playful to absolutely stunningly beautiful. His stories of the Yorkshire farmers and their animals are always entertaining, sometimes for their humour and sometimes for their heartfelt portrayal of our poor young vet's inexperience :) These are older books, about an older time, and I can tell you that they hold up completely well; an absolute joy to read in ...more
Elizabeth Lefebvre
I've recently re-read all these just in the past few weeks and my joy in reading them never seems to dim! Mr Crump's homemade wine, Tristan the ghost, the little car with the bald tires, Granville Bennett, Angus Grier, Herriot in Russia, Herriot meeting Helen and their first married years,and of course Seigfried Farnon... these stories always make me laugh and sometimes cry (especially the story of Mrs Donovan).
My copies are so old and battered now (1970-something printing), broken spines and d
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Shelly Menzel
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very endearing and well written. Comfort read for anyone who loves to read about animals and/or small rural communities. This one is easy to pick up and put down whenever you have just a few minutes to read.
Joshimoe
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a good set of books. I do enjoy the morals that the books teach. In my opinion i think that this book should be read more often.
Su
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read these books when they were first made available in the U.S. in 1972, 1973, and 1976 respectively. I enjoyed them then, I enjoyed them again and I am very glad to return them to my e-library. The series is a well-told, autobiographical look at the life of an English veterinarian in the late thirties through his "adventures" in World War II. Herriot paints a lovely picture of the Yorkshire countryside and doesn't hesitate to mention the downside: cold barns, aching arms, recalcitrant animal ...more
Debbie Elholm
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal
I read these books years ago and loved them! James Herriot is a veterinarian in the countryside of England. All three books focus on his years as a veterinarian and the people and animals that he took care of. Beautifully written! Herriot takes you on a journey from his earliest days as a vet to when he is close to retirement. He introduces you to the Yorkshire countryside, its animals and their owners. He beautifully conveys the struggle some owners endure as they try to take care of their belo ...more
Renee DiFede
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this as a little girl and reread it in my 40s. I will continue to read it most likely for many years to come. I don't really have the words to explain the joy this book brings to me. Whether it's the lifestyle of the English countryside that it is set in, the characters, James Harriet's love for the people, and the animals, I don't know. It's really a combination of all of it.This one book evokes all kinds of emotions. My favorite is the part where I literally laughed out loud. I don't kn ...more
Jeanne Hedge
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are excellent stories of a by-gone era, and of veterinary medicine too. Be aware that the stories, being based on life, do not always have a happy ending. I liked the layout of one story, one chapter. The third book was almost off-putting for me, having more to do with being in the RAF and family and less to do with the creatures. Still, I recommend it.
michael j lonergan
Great book(s) in a great series. I've read this series multiple times and it is always enjoyable, even now when I know what is going to happen. Well written and engaging in a way that transports the reader back to when these stories take place.
Joanna
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charming and sustaining

You can't help but like this unless you are a creature without a soul and without wit. Is it simplistic at times? Yes, but if you don't crave that from time to time, I don't want to know you.
Karen
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These were my favorite books from my childhood and mom still has all my copies at her house. Amazon had the Kindle version one day for $2.99, so....
I read these on a 10 day trip to Norway and fell in love with them all over again.
Helen Pickering
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All creatures great and small

What an amazing book really enjoyed the daily life of a veteran being a dog lover I enjoyed the way he cared for all animals
Alison Densley
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Comforting Read

A great read that can be revisited over and over again! The author takes you back to Yorkshire with his witty and thoughtful stories.
Hope
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These make me want to live in Yorkshire.
MaryAnn
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favorite collections. Read this many years ago and still remember it very well. Might be time to pull them back out and enjoy the stories all over again.
Peter C
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still in love

With a tear in my eye I write this review. If you have any affection for animals and people, these books will warm your heart.

I read these books as a young person and found them to be equally delightful again.

James Herriot is a master storyteller who has few equals.
Alex Siegel
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As good as I remembered

I had listened to these stories as a boy. I loved them then. I read them ad an adult. I love them more now.
Beccie
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All Creatures Great and Small
I read this as a teenager and loved it. This is the first time I've read it in many, many years and it is still a gem. It is on my "What to read before my trip to the UK" list, and yes, I am now ready to visit the Yorkshire Dales. I might even understand people if they ask me to help birth a calf.
James Herriot is a remarkable storyteller! This is not my normal type of book at all, and yet I love it. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I'm pretty sure I appreciate
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Lewis F. Fierke
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third time and still just positively wonderful

A super story for all ages. Much to be learned about life from our animal friends. Recommended for all ages.
Mary E
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engaging, funny,

I tried reading these books when they first became popular but wasn't able to get into them. This time i wasn't able to put them down them down. They made me laugh out loud and cry. Few authors have the ability to bring me into their writing so completely.
Melissa Rochelle
5 stars. All Creatures Great and Small is a fantastic read. It's educational -- who knew being a vet in the late-30s was so harsh -- it's hilarious -- seriously, laugh out loud funny -- and absolutely timeless. I can't wait to watch the TV show (it's currently available on Netflix!) to see just how beautiful it is. I feel my Googling just hasn't done the area justice.

4.5 stars. All Things Bright and Beautiful didn't move along as quickly as the first book. The timeline threw me off a bit, but d
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KIM
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
A love letter to life. Flowery I know but while falling in love with James' life I have found more love/peace/calm in my own life. Through his wonderfully discriptive storytelling I found hilarity and simple humor, warmth, wisdom, acceptance and contentment. I spent two months reading and rereading this book in detail getting myself lost in its calm uplifting spirit. Obviously I LOVED this book. This book is actually a three book volume that was originally six stories when first published in Eng ...more
erforscherin
I first discovered James Herriot sometime in elementary school, and while my well-loved original copy of All Creatures Great and Small has long since worn out and been replaced several times over, somehow each new reading feels fresh and... magical, if I can say that without sounding too cheesy. Herriot has an incredible knack for description, not only for his patients but for the people of Yorkshire and the countryside itself - all described so vividly that it feels like you're right there alon ...more
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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
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Other Books in the Series

All Creatures Great and Small (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • If Only They Could Talk
  • It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet
  • Let Sleeping Vets Lie
  • Vet in Harness
  • Vets Might Fly
  • Vet in a Spin
  • The Lord God Made Them All
  • Every Living Thing (All Creatures Great and Small, #8)
  • All Creatures Great and Small
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful (All Creatures Great and Small)
“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. You’ve nothing to worry about there.” 17 likes
“She’s out, Jim! The bugger’s out!” Well this was great. Anybody who has driven a car with a hysterical cat hurtling around the interior will appreciate my situation.” 7 likes
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