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Two years ago when we published James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small, we called it a "miracle between covers." In the first major review of the book, Alfred Ames said: "If there is any justice, All Creatures Great and Small will become a classic of its kind. The publishers call it a miracle--not too strong a word for a book that offers something for everyone: gusto, humor, pathos, information, romance, insight, style. It is vicarious living with one of the happiest and most admirable of people, a ...
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Overview

Two years ago when we published James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small, we called it a "miracle between covers." In the first major review of the book, Alfred Ames said: "If there is any justice, All Creatures Great and Small will become a classic of its kind. The publishers call it a miracle--not too strong a word for a book that offers something for everyone: gusto, humor, pathos, information, romance, insight, style. It is vicarious living with one of the happiest and most admirable of people, a veterinary surgeon in the Yorkshire dales who can write superlatively well."

James, the miracle worker, has done it again. All Things Bright and Beautiful is precisely the warm and joyful sequel that readers all over America have been asking for. James is now married, and he and Helen live on the top floor of Skeldale House, while his former boss, now partner, Siegfried lives downstairs with Siegfried's brother Tristan. James continues the rich and rewarding day-to-day life of a small-town veterinarian, and we journey with him across the dales meeting a whole new cast of unforgettable characters--humans, dogs, horses, lambs, parakeets--all of them drawn with the same infinite fascination, affection, and insight that have made Herriot one of the most beloved authors of our time. This is the most loving book of the year to have--or to give.

The second volume in the beloved series of memoirs of life in the Yorkshire Dales by the world's most celebrated animal doctor. This delightful volume contains the stories begun in All Creatures Great and Small.

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Editorial Reviews

Associated Press
"A very warm, very engaging read...the reader falls totally under his spell."
Chicago Tribune
"Whether sad or glad, each story shows his affection for animals and people...this man is a celebrant of life."
Philadelphia Inquirer
"The kind of book that makes an evening seem a little warmer and your pet a bit more important."
From the Publisher
"James Herriot found a gentle, wise and often humorous way to write about animals and to evoke a beautiful but fading way of life in those Yorkshire Hills. He showed me how to focus not just on the animals, but on the people who lived with the animals, and their loving, sometimes difficult and very wonderful connections with one another.  While he is known for his wonderful writing about animals, I often think of his ability to capture people. From the first, I've tried to capture that feeling, that uplifting and heartwarming style. I can't say that I have ever quite matched the writing of James Herriot, but he has always inspired me and given me something to aim for. He often makes me smile, sometimes makes me cry, you can't really ask more from a writer than that."—Jon Katz, New York Times bestselling author of Second Chance Dog, A Dog Year, A Good Dog, and many others

 "I recall reading All Creatures Great and Small many years ago, while working as a veterinary technician for a mobile vet in Los Angeles.  We worked with cats and dogs, of course, but with farm animals, too, and apes and monkeys and angry pet raccoons, burros, crows, macaws– the variety of pets in Los Angeles was limitless.  During that wonderful time, I’d be beaten senseless by a kangaroo, held hostage by a love-struck chimpanzee, chased by angry hogs, and sat on by a miniature horse inside of a well-known celebrity’s home.  It was a magical time, and it made perfect sense for me to read Herriot in the evenings, a grand fellow who’d roam the English countryside making veterinary house calls, effortlessly moving from draft horses to kittens, healing, telling stories.  I felt a kinship with him and his magical world, and marveled at his talent for drawing me into his cast of characters.  Later in life, when I too would write of my experiences with animals and their people, I would hearken to Herriot’s Yorkshire Dales, and to prose so genuine that it would help inspire my own career as a writer and pet behaviorist.  Herriot to me remains a superhero of sorts, who, in visiting home after home like some veterinary Santa, taught me how simple, heartwarming prose about people and their animals could rise above the commonplace, and become art."—Steve Duno, author of Last Dog on the Hill, The Everything Cat Book and The Amazing Dog Trick Book

"The kind of book that makes an evening seem a little warmer and your pet a bit more important."—The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A very warm, very engaging read . . . the reader falls totally under his spell."—The Associated Press

"Whether sad or glad, each story shows his affection for animals and people . . . this man is a celebrant of life."—Chicago Tribune

"Herriot is both tender and wise . . . All Things Bright and Beautiful is a book to be happy with."—The Boston Globe

"You had better read this book yourself. It's a treat, a rare one, and God knows we all need all treat these days."—The Washington Post

"Human beings just naturally respond to a writer as lovable, wholesome, eloquent, humorous and well-stocked with anecdotes as James Herriot. He offers a mastery of both the comic and the tragic."—Chicago Tribune

"All Things Bright and Beautiful is like a visit to a loved place inhabited by dear friends . . . certainly the happiest book so far this season"—The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

"Humor, realism, sensitivity, earthiness; animals comic and tragic; and people droll, pathetic, courageous, eccentric—-all of whom he views with the same gentle compassion and a lively sense of the sad, the ridiculous, and the admirable."

Columbus Dispatch

"James Herriot has served up another warm, witty, wonderful book in All Things Bright and Beautiful."—The Indianapolis News

"It is impossible to speak of this second book without thinking strongly of the first. For it is truly a repeated 'miracle' as All Creatures Great and Small was described. Whatever joy one found in the first is in the second, only even more joyous; whatever laughter rippled from the throat in the reading of the first, finds even greater gusto in this one. It is funny, wry, simple in its story but as deep and perceptive of life's truths as the superlative sensitivity of the writer and his talent can make it. Best seller list, look out!"—The Hartford Courant

"Humour, realism, sensitivity, earthiness; animals comic and tragic; and people droll, pathetic, courageous, eccentric—all of whom he views with the same gentle compassion and a lively sense of the sad, the ridiculous, and the admirable."—The Columbus Dispatch

"Superb, a book to be enjoyed in one sitting or in bits and pieces to make it last longer."—Library Journal

The Philadelphia Inquirer
"The kind of book that makes an evening seem a little warmer and your pet a bit more important."
The Associated Press
"A very warm, very engaging read . . . the reader falls totally under his spell."
Chicago Tribune
"Human beings just naturally respond to a writer as lovable, wholesome, eloquent, humorous and well-stocked with anecdotes as James Herriot. He offers a mastery of both the comic and the tragic."
The Boston Globe
"Herriot is both tender and wise . . . All Things Bright and Beautiful is a book to be happy with."
The Washington Post
"You had better read this book yourself. It's a treat, a rare one, and God knows we all need all treat these days."
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
"All Things Bright and Beautiful is like a visit to a loved place inhabited by dear friends . . . certainly the happiest book so far this season."
The Indianapolis News
"James Herriot has served up another warm, witty, wonderful book in All Things Bright and Beautiful."
The Hartford Courant
"It is impossible to speak of this second book without thinking strongly of the first. For it is truly a repeated 'miracle' as All Creatures Great and Small was described. Whatever joy one found in the first is in the second, only even more joyous; whatever laughter rippled from the throat in the reading of the first, finds even greater gusto in this one. It is funny, wry, simple in its story but as deep and perceptive of life's truths as the superlative sensitivity of the writer and his talent can make it. Best seller list, look out!"
The Columbus Dispatch
"Humour, realism, sensitivity, earthiness; animals comic and tragic; and people droll, pathetic, courageous, eccentric—all of whom he views with the same gentle compassion and a lively sense of the sad, the ridiculous, and the admirable."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312966195
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: All Creatures Great and Small Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 438
  • Sales rank: 98,679
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.66 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

James Herriot (1916-1995) is the bestselling author of memoirs including All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Wise and Wonderful, The Lord God Made Them All, and Every Living Thing. At age 23, Herriot qualified for veterinary practice with the Glasgow Veterinary College, and moved to the town of Thirsk in Yorkshire to work in a rural practice. He would live in, work in, and write about the region for the rest of his life. Though he dreamed for years of writing a book, his veterinary work and his family kept him busy, and he did not start writing until the age of 50. In 1979, he was awarded the title Order of the British Empire (OBE).

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    Beauty in All Things Bright and Beautiful

    James Herriot details again, in his second of four anthologies, the hectic life of the Yorkshire country vet. On an artfully written trip down memory lane, Herriot takes the reader to visit once again his days with his veterinary partner Siegfried, but also to his suit and marriage of his wife Helen and all the way to his earliest days involved in WWII. Again, Herriot recalls case upon case from a quiet old man with a ewe only yet half-lambed, to a calving he only half remembered through the haze of alcohol, to his various small animal patients which he held so much dearer. Herriot’s, and his patients’, perseverance becomes a theme throughout the novel as time and again, with some heart and a little luck, they may recover suddenly and inexplicably from a fatal disease or debilitating wound or break. In Herriot’s case, nowhere else is the theme as prevalent as in his suit of Helen, which doomed by the universe to make him only a fool; however, his refusal to give up eventually proves to himself and the world at large that he is indeed worthy of her, despite his wealth (or lack thereof) and seeming lack of potential in his field.
    I absolutely love this and each of Herriot’s other works as-well. He is able to grab his readers with the comedy and warmth of his stories, then suddenly wrench out their heart with a tragedy which he will remember oh-so-well. Every single page simply mandates that it be turned and the reader continue through the heartwarming and terrifying emotional rollercoaster Herriot provides. One of my favorite parts of Herriot’s novels that makes them so unique, is that he is able to explain each disease of an animal and it’s cure so well that the reader can well understand the plight or ease he may face in treating it, and yet so concisely that it does not impede the story’s progress and thrill. The only complaint that I may ever have about his novels, in fact, may be that, on occasion, the language Herriot uses in dialogue can require some deciphering. And though this may be his way to insert accents and increase the authenticity of the setting, it can become frustrating to read the same two lines five or six times in order to understand some farmer’s aimless babblings.
    I personally believe that there is no reason that one should not read this, or any of Herriot’s other three novels from the series. Whether you need a non-fiction novel for school, or simply want some light-hearted relief, Herriot provides the answer to these and more in this and each work he produced. Beyond Herriot’s other works, however, I would most recommend Troubling a Star, by Madeleine L’Engle and the Lost Years of Merlin epic by T.A. Barron. Neither of these works have I recommended for any specific relation to Herriot’s novels, rather, merely because they are the only works that I have found as generally appealing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2008

    One Of Greatest Series Ever Written

    I fell in love with these books as a child and young teenager through my Grandmother. She began bringing them home when I was young and we loved them together for years.<BR/>Now she has past on but she gave all here original hardback copies to me and I will treasure them always. <BR/>I have begun giving them to my daughter who desires to be a veterinarian.<BR/>For all ages this series of books is wholesome, funny, heart-warming and captivating. I will always have a deep love for the characters of this series and feel that I know them as if we were truly family.<BR/>I would that all would look back to simpler times through this series and enjoy the wonderful writing and share in the tales of Yorkshire.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Every bit as enjoyable as All Creatures Great and Small

    All Creatures Great and Small is one of my favorite books of all time. So I was anxious to see whether the follow-up book, All Things Bright and Beautiful would be as good as the first. I was not disappointed! These books are immensely enjoyable to read. You can definitely feel Mr. Herriot's love for his profession and for Yorkshire. The stories and characters are very entertaining and you find yourself smiling throughout the book. I highly recommend this book to all animal-lovers and anyone who wants to imagine a very different life from the hustle-bustle of today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    This book

    James harriot demonstraits the work of a true writer when he wrote this book. Please snuggle up somewhere and get lost in the world of old english vets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Mistpaw to whitefoot urgent

    Please tell graypaw im locked out of the first result and now i cant train with skyleaf cause i cant tell her when i ready to train please tell the clan im locked out . And if you do thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Owlfeather

    Purrs whn she eakes up to see skyleaf apoligizing to her she accepts the apology and walks to the fresh kill pile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Stormtail

    Pads out.~~Stormtail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Skyleaf

    Yes you can. Just tell me here! Skyleaf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Whitefoot

    *pads in and lays down, wishing Stormtail was with her.* ~Whitefoot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Warrior Den

    Growing close to the nursery rests a huge gorse bush. Its prickly branches protect a large den inside that is filled with many mossy nests. This is where the most important cats in the clan, the warriors, sleep. Without the cats who rest beneath this plant, Horseclan would not exist. They are the ones responsible for passing on the Warrior Code to future warriors of Horseclan. Having proven their loyalty, these cats will always be remembered. ~ Informing Lilystar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Shiningshadow

    She pads into the warrior's den and curls up in her nest, then falls asleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Servaljump

    Picks a nest and set a talc rock in it with a picture of an oak and the earth carved into the soft stone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2008

    Feel good books

    These are the kind of books that teach you good moral values and you don't even know it. You get done reading & you just want to be a better person. They are enjoyable, easy, entertaining reading. You will laugh & cry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2007

    Touching

    My favorite veterinarian does it again with another great book about serving animals and God in his own special way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2005

    Experinces that I share

    In ¿All Things Bright and Beautiful,¿ James Herriot describes life as a veterinarian in England. He goes in to great detail about the stories of the animals he saves and about the hardship that his job brings. When he talks about the visit he makes to the farmers houses, he explains in detail about what he does to the animals and about he thinks they are feeling and how he feels when he is working. He talks about what the farmers are like. Most of them do not treat him with very much respect: they take him for granted. At the end of the book, he explains how the times are changing and old remedies for sickness in livestock where being taken over by these new vaccines and veterinary practices are going to be changed forever. Herriot writes the book from his own experiences which is more interesting because that way the author makes the reader feel closer to the book. Herriot almost puts the reader in his shoes. Readers feel every ounce of depression when the animal does not make it, all the excitement when the animals do make it we even feel tired and cold when Herriot gets up in the middle of the night in the middle of the winter to help an animal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    Must read for all animal lovers

    James Herriott's books are all incredible. This one fills out the bouquet of wonderful stories. His imagery and way with words paints a picture as vivid as all outdoors of the people and animals in Yorkshire and other areas of Great Britain. Get comfy and just slip into a good book, this one is the fine cognac of all good animal books

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