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#12151831 - 07/17/17 James Herriot books  
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My wife just came with a box from her "closet of lost items". It contained copies of the first three books in the series to replace the ones that I have pretty much worn out reading and rereading them over the years. She can't remember whether they were for my birthday or Christmas, nor can she remember which year, but they are appreciated all the same. If you have never read them, I highly recommend them.


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#12151834 - 07/17/17 Re: James Herriot books [Re: 5sdad]  
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What are they about?

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country vet in England around WWII - well-written and very funny


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#12151866 - 07/17/17 Re: James Herriot books [Re: 5sdad]  
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Some of my favorites,they are very well done.make you feel like your really there.

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I wish I could find my copies. They are buried somewhere. Great reads and his humor is fantastic. I remember the farting dog and the owner whose sense of smell was kaput. A match made in heaven.

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#12151910 - 07/17/17 Re: James Herriot books [Re: 5sdad]  
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As others have said, very well written, never get tired of them.

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Mine aren't quite worn out but they're getting ragged. My favorite books.



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#12151919 - 07/17/17 Re: James Herriot books [Re: 5sdad]  
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Wore out a set when kids were growing up, got a paperback set for my dad, then another for myself. Grandkids will go through those, it appears.

#12151926 - 07/17/17 Re: James Herriot books [Re: 5sdad]  
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The ones that I read were funny and also informative, with lots of info on old tools. miles


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#12152302 - 07/17/17 Re: James Herriot books [Re: Slidellkid]  
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Originally Posted by Slidellkid
What are they about?
As was said, they were written by a country vet in Yorkshire England about his life as a vet. They start in the '30's, go through WWII, and through his later life. Herriot (pen name) is a great writer and injects a lot of humor in his works. Start with All Creatures Great and Small as that one covers how he became a vet and sets the stage for the rest. After that, keeping them in order isn't as important.

I always like the Mrs Pumphrey stories. Those are great, especially Nugent, her pet pig.


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#12152344 - 07/17/17 Re: James Herriot books [Re: 5sdad]  
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I reread them this winter. What a joy!


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#12152395 - 07/17/17 Re: James Herriot books [Re: 5sdad]  
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Don't recall which Christmas begat the first book in the series, but perhaps 40-50 years is excusable for that lapse. Nothing has been overstated about them.


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Loved them when I was a boy


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#12152414 - 07/17/17 Re: James Herriot books [Re: 5sdad]  
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Wifey picked up her copies in a quaint little book store in Glasgow over 20 years ago. What great books. I need to find them!


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#12152453 - 07/17/17 Re: James Herriot books [Re: 5sdad]  
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Some of my favorites too. I've lost count of how many times I've read mine.

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#12152474 - 07/17/17 Re: James Herriot books [Re: 5sdad]  
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When they first came out most all the readers thought they were fiction.
Silly and crazy stuff like that didn't really happen.

Of course all the vets that read them believed every word. Weird stuff happened to them.

They are non fiction books. Lol

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Tristan would have been a great one to be around.


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Been reading them and rereading them over many years also. First book was a loaner then it became a gift as I read it several times and then it took forever to return it to the original owner, who by then just laughed and gifted me with it smile

They are well worth many, many, reads.

#12152552 - 07/17/17 Re: James Herriot books [Re: 5sdad]  
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Brings back memories.I have read them all. There was a follow on TV show with the same characters


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While I cannot possibly pick a favorite chapter, the Raines Abbey Ghost is hard to beat.


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Originally Posted by 5sdad
While I cannot possibly pick a favorite chapter, the Raines Abbey Ghost is hard to beat.
When I mentioned Tristan a couple posts ago, that's the main one I was thinking about. I can just see him high tailing it with a monk's robe flying around his knees and a big cop with a bigger club close behind him.


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A great read and look forward to revisiting his books. Recently talked with a friend about "All Creatures Great and Small" we both agreed its a great read.


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Also highly recommend them.

Need to get my granddaughters on them


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Originally Posted by 5sdad
My wife just came with a box from her "closet of lost items". It contained copies of the first three books in the series to replace the ones that I have pretty much worn out reading and rereading them over the years. She can't remember whether they were for my birthday or Christmas, nor can she remember which year, but they are appreciated all the same. If you have never read them, I highly recommend them.

The "All Creatures" books?

Never read them, but PBS did a bangup job for their series based on them.
https://www.amazon.com/All-Creatures-Great-Small-Collection/dp/B000062XDW

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