James Herriot (1916-1995) was the pen name of James Alfred 'Alf'
Wight, whose tales of veterinary practice and country life in the
Yorkshire Dales have delighted generations. Many of Herriot's works
- including All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and
Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful, The Lord God Made Them
All and Every Living Thing - became international bestsellers and
have been adapted for film and television.
Rosie Page and Jim Wight are Herriot's children. Rosie became a doctor and Jim was a vet.
It cleverly interweaves extracts from his novels, with an
interesting commentary from his son and daughter . . . their
memories and anecdotes augment the stories and make delightful
I grew up reading James Herriot's books and I'm delighted that thirty years on, they are still every bit as charming, heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny as they were then
*Kate Humble, on the works of James Herriot*
Herriot’s enchanting tales of life in the Dales are deservedly classics. Full of extraordinary characters, animal and human, the books never fail to delight
*Amanda Owen, bestselling author of The Yorkshire Shepherdess, on the works on James Herriot*
The attraction of Herriot’s ever popular memoirs of a country vet . . . is their alternating highs and lows, humour and pathos, and gripping anecdotes about delivering lambs, grumpy farmers, hypochondriac pet-owners, stroppy cows and blunt Yorkshire characters. And, of course, there’s a powerful nostalgia element in these stories about our green and pleasant land in the day before the ravages of ribbon development
*Daily Mail, on the works of James Herriot*