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  • All Creatures Great and Small

  • The Classic Memoirs of a Yorkshire Country Vet
  • Written by: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
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The inspiration for the BBC series of the same name. Fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, to the young James Herriot 1930s Yorkshire seems to offer an idyllic pocket of rural life in a rapidly changing world. But from his erratic new colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, to incomprehensible farmers, herds of semiferal cattle, a pig called Nugent and an overweight Pekingese called Tricki Woo, James find he is on a learning curve as steep as the hills around him.

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  • Fascinating and still relevant today

  • By Damian Hind on 2018-09-19

Fascinating and still relevant today

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-19

The memoirs of a country vet were immortalised by James Herriot in these books, and read by the actor that played him in the TV series 30 plus years ago. The charm of this book remains undiminished, and shows how little time has changed things - farmers continue to be farmers, animals know nothing of the passage of time and the perils of dealing with both still rings true. Hilarious and touching in equal part, this is a true British classic.

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