June 24, 2009

James Herriot: The Life of a Country Vet

Posted in Biography, James Herriot at 5:28 pm by j128

James Herriot: The Life of a Country Vet

James Herriot: The Life of a Country Vet

James Herriot: The Life of a Country Vet by Graham Lord is a biography of the world’s famous vet James Herriot, pen name of Alfred James Wight, author of the books collectively known as All Creatures Great and Small.

Graham Lord, the man whom Alf Wight attributed his success to Graham Lord’s review of his second book It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet, has researched and written this veterinary surgeon’s life from childhood to an old man in utmost detail and for those who have ever wanted to see what “James Herriot’s” life was like behind the scenes, this is the book to read!

Some of the real life details are shocking, even appalling, such as Alf and Siegfried’s (Donald Sinclair) relationship – in real life. Or what was the real reason why Alf was excused from the RAF? And the list goes on and on. Included in this biography are photos of Alf’s early years during school, his school records, photos of the gorgeous and peaceful landscapes of North Yorkshire where Alf worked all his life excluding the RAF years, scenes from the two films, TV series, etc. All of it is really wonderful to read and to look at.

The James Herriot books are still enjoyable, even after reading this biography (it doesn’t spoil anything), and yet I find the books and TV series has more of a special feel after reading about the real James Herriot. So if you want to read about James Herriot, the famous country vet, this is the one biography I would recommend to all you people who love James Herriot and his books!

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1 Comment »

  1. Nikkita said,

    Wow, that biography sounds really good. I would be fascinated to read about the real life behind “James Herriot.” I grew up reading his books as a child but have just recently been looking into revisiting them. I just found “All Things Bright and Beautiful” as an audio book at http://www.audiobooks.net and am really excited to start listening to his books as an adult. Perhaps I’ll also pick up this biography to get the fuller picture.


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