All Creatures Great and Small by James HerriotThe classic multimillion copy bestseller
Delve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the worlds most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients.
For over forty years, generations of readers have thrilled to Herriots marvelous tales, deep love of life, and extraordinary storytelling abilities. For decades, Herriot roamed the remote, beautiful Yorkshire Dales, treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest, and observing animals and humans alike with his keen, loving eye.
In All Creatures Great and Small, we meet the young Herriot as he takes up his calling and discovers that the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire are very different from the sterile setting of veterinary school. Some visits are heart-wrenchingly difficult, such as one to an old man in the village whose very ill dog is his only friend and companion, some are lighthearted and fun, such as Herriots periodic visits to the overfed and pampered Pekinese Tricki Woo who throws parties and has his own stationery, and yet others are inspirational and enlightening, such as Herriots recollections of poor farmers who will scrape their meager earnings together to be able to get proper care for their working animals. From seeing to his patients in the depths of winter on the remotest homesteads to dealing with uncooperative owners and critically ill animals, Herriot discovers the wondrous variety and never-ending challenges of veterinary practice as his humor, compassion, and love of the animal world shine forth.
James Herriots memoirs have sold 80 million copies worldwide, and continue to delight and entertain readers of all ages
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The story of a young veterinarian's apprenticeship to a somewhat eccentric older vet in the English countryside, and the young man's hesitating courtship of the.
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All Creatures Great and Small. Claude Whatham 87min. A Certificate. Review Our Score. Well, of course, we all know the animals are incidental in this big-screen prequel to TV's popular memoirs of vet James Herriot: what really matters is the Yorkshire folk whose emotions are brought out from behind those gruff exteriors by what happens to their creatures' comfort. Inevitably episodic, and fairly sentimental, this has warm-hearted performances by Simon Ward as the young Herriot, Lisa Harrow as his future wife Helen and Anthony Hopkins as local vet Siegfried Farnon, before he went on to win an Oscar for silencing lambs.
A sequel, somewhat confusingly titled It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet although it actually covers the two following novels, Let Sleeping Vets Lie and Vet in Harness , was released in He soon learns the facts of country life but struggles to overcome the prejudices of the Darrowby locals who are sceptical of the novice vet's ability. The script by Hugh Whitemore, focused very much on James, and played down Siegfried's eccentricity; for example, a speech he makes early in the film rebuking James for refusing to attend a call during the middle of the night is delivered straight, while in the book it was highly hypocritical, as Siegfried himself had earlier told James that he was 'spoiling' the farmers by coming out at all hours. Having passed the British censors in September , the film wasn't released until 9 May , when it opened in London at the small cinema Studio Two in Oxford Street. The Times' film critic David Robinson didn't like it ' All Creatures Great and Small' is so wholesome and warmhearted it makes you want to scream. A second film, It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet was released in The film was directed by Eric Till from a script by Alan Plater.
Sign in. Alex Borstein , RuPaul , and other stars at the Emmys answer our fans' burning questions. Watch now. The trials and misadventures of the staff of a country veterinary office in 's Yorkshire. Comedy-drama based on the books by James Herriot about a Yorkshire vet and the adventures he and his colleague have in their everyday life. When Tom Ballard moves to Bayview Retirement Vilage, he meets Diana Trent, a feisty old woman who complains about everything and wants nothing more than just to die.