The Best of James Herriot

The Best of James Herriot

Favourite Memories of A Country Vet : James Herriot's Own Selection From His Original Books, With Additional Material by Reader's Digest Editors

Book - 1998
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The Best of James Herriot is one of the most extraordinary volumes ever devoted to the work and world of a contemporary writer. Within its covers are unforgettable episodes from the remarkable series of memoirs that began with All Creatures Great and Small -"the ones my family and I have laughed at over the years and the ones my readers have said they most enjoyed," as Herriot, himself, put it. Yet the book is far more than a simple anthology: Its gorgeous pages also include hundreds of line drawings and color photographs, capturing Herriot's Yorkshire in a worthy complement to the writer's words.The 1991 publication of Every Living Thing , rendered the original edition of this book incomplete. This fall will mark the publication of the complete, definitive edition with the addition of five of his best, more recent stories, as well as new art. Once again The Best of James Herriot becomes the quintessential Herriot volume-one of those invaluable books that will be loved as much in decades to come as it is today.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998
Edition: Revised edition
ISBN: 9780312192365
Characteristics: 542 pages : illustrations, mostly color ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Works. 1998


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Dec 06, 2018

I love all Herriot's books, in this one I particularly like the story when he gets called out early one snowy Christmas morning, he had two call outs, one by a very mean, ignorant person, and the other by a lovely generous, nice, elderly couple.
I love Granville Bennett, and the way James always ends up drunk with him, even when he doesn't want to.

bookfanatic1979 Jul 24, 2014

I’ve always loved James Herriot’s stories but this collection takes the cake. The gorgeous color photographs at the beginning of each section really serve to help the reader understand exactly how remote and wild the Dales were during Herriot’s career. Heck, they probably haven’t changed all that much since. Also enjoyable are the sketches and sidebars that show little details of farm life.

Aug 25, 2011

I enjoyed reading this book. I also like that it has several pictures, and interesting snippets of info (in the columns) with drawings. A great read for animal lovers.


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