Every Living Thing

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James Herriot's final work and last in his beloved series of animal stories

This fifth and final of James Herriot's heartwarming story collections brings back familiar friends (including old favorites such as Tricki Woo) and introduces new ones, including Herriot's children Rosie and Jimmy and the marvelously eccentric vet Calum Buchanan.

As James grows older, he finds that change comes even to his beloved Yorkshire—-but not necessarily bad, as...

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Overview

James Herriot's final work and last in his beloved series of animal stories

This fifth and final of James Herriot's heartwarming story collections brings back familiar friends (including old favorites such as Tricki Woo) and introduces new ones, including Herriot's children Rosie and Jimmy and the marvelously eccentric vet Calum Buchanan.

As James grows older, he finds that change comes even to his beloved Yorkshire—-but not necessarily bad, as he watches his own two children come to share and participate in his deep love of the animal world. Herriot's last memoir, Every Living Thing is a truly heartwarming read, burstingly full of his deep joy in life, sense of humor, and appreciation of the world around him.

"Smashingly good...bliss for happy readers!"—-Kirkus Reviews

The international bestseller, finally in paperback. Every Living Thing is famed veterinarian James Herriot's first new volume of memoirs in over a decade, and from its opening pages, the reader's every expectation is fulfilled. Excerpted in McCall's and Good Housekeeping. Reader's Digest Condensed Book. Martin's. (Animals)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Herriot's many fans will not be disappointed by his latest, which picks up the story of his veterinary practice in Yorkshire after WW II. BOMC main selection and 22-week PW bestseller in cloth. July
Library Journal
This audio version of Herriot's inspirational account is wonderfully read by talented actor Christopher Timothy, who plays Herriot in the popular BBC series. Timothy's versatile voice brings life to a host of colorful characters. Herriot's ability to effectively convey the lovely countryside, the harsh winters, and the intriguing personalities who are a part of his life makes for delightful listening. Primarily about the people and events touching on Herriot's Yorkshire life and practice, this audiobook may disappoint listeners who cherish stories based principally on the author's work with animals. Libraries that have had an enthusiastic patronage for Herriot's work should consider purchasing. Although not the best of his material, it is still beautifully written, expertly read, and professionally produced. The natural, comfortable breaks in Herriot's vignettes make this recording ideal for commuters. A worthwhile addition to most collections.-Carolyn Alexander, Technical Information Ctr., Ft. Hunter Liggett, Cal.
Kirkus Reviews
Smashingly good sequel to the beloved veterinarian's earlier memoirs, and well worth the ten-year wait since The Lord God Made Them All. Although no exact dates are given, Herriot seems to pick up just where he left off, in the 1960's in rural Yorkshire, when veterinary medicine was still a barehanded, rough-and-tumble affair, with farm animals the main patients and infection a constant threat. (Herriot seems to spend half his time slipping on cow turds or with his arm up a cow's vagina, helping a birthing calf see the light of day.) The author's superbly gifted partner, Siegfried, is back, as is Herriot's loving wife, Helen. But the practice has expanded and much of the good feeling here involves two assistants: John Crooks, who goes on to become a world-class vet, and Calum Buchanan, eccentric supreme, who eats ducks with feathers attached and collects a menagerie of badgers, foxes, monkeys, and rabbits before setting out for Papua New Guinea. Herriot buys a house; dresses like a buffoon to save a client's farm; comes down with a dreadful cow disease; tends to our old friend Tricky Woo, Mrs. Pumphrey's spoiled Pekingese; and, in general, sheds his benign presence on a zooful of animals and a zooful of human beings. The milieu is deliciously familiar—"a dirty, dangerous job" made glorious by "the whole rich life." So is the moral—that love of animals is synonymous with love of human beings, and that there can never be too much of either. Crafted with foxy intelligence and angelic compassion: proof that for a "vitnery" in the Yorkshire dales, life is bliss—and bliss, too, for a few hours at least, for happy readers. (Book-of- the-Month Dual Selection forOctober)
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"This is Herriot at his best. . . able to make us laugh, cry or nod in agreement with some snippet of universal truth."

The Washington Post

"Herriot is a spellbinder as a storyteller."

—-The Seattle Times

"James Herriot is a pied piper with the written word. He eases his readers into loving, liking and laughing at familiar characters, animal and human."

The Los Angeles Times

"A master storyteller with flawless timing."

The Houston Post

"Herriot's book just explodes with the joy of living and loving and caring."

The Columbus Dispatch

"The warm of Herriot's prose approaches poetic. . . . a master storyteller."

Knight-Ridder Newspapers

"A triumph in the art of storytelling, as delightful and refreshing to the mind's eye and heart as a field of bright-eyed daisies."

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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The world-famous Yorkshire vet returns with endearing tales of people, animals and the wonder of life itself. Here is all the warmth, humor, drama, and local color we've come to expect, and a deep sense of the joys and trials of life in the English countryside. Herriot's rare literary voice speaks to our hearts and minds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312348526
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2005
  • Series: All Creatures Great and Small Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 150,143
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.47 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

James Herriot (1916-1995) was the bestselling author of memoirs including All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful, and The Lord God Made Them All. 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). His veterinary practice in Yorkshire, England, is now tended by his son, Jim Wight.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Absolutely Charming, a smile and a breath of fresh air in type.

    The Herriot collection should be cherished as classics for eternity. His writing gives you a feeling of comfort like sitting in front of a warm fire in winter, or watching the fire flies in summer. When reading his books you cannot picture Herriot being anything other than a vet for his sheer ability to appreciate every living nuance around him - from breathing brisk Yorkshire air, to the lilt or staccato accents of his patrons. Each story is charming, not in just the simple yet under-appreciated point of life lessons, but in the ability Herriot has to paint a story. Each chapter is like a contained short story yet the chapters weave together in a wonderful life documentary. You'll love his neighbors and patients, and if you read it before you go to bed I promise sweet dreams- like getting tucked in.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2007

    Great stories!

    This is one of the most heartfelt books I've read in years of a veterinarian who really cares about animals, people and everything god has graced the earth with. Everyone, adults and children, should indulge themselves in this great literary masterpiece.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2003

    A timeless classic

    I first finished this book in 1994, and since then every time I feel the blues or have less faith in the world around me, I pick it up. It never fails to cheer me. Each of his stories is unique and ranges from lightheartedness to heavy seriousness, romance to sarcasm. I love his writing so much that Herriot nearly caused me to switch careers to becoming a country veterinary surgeon. I never tire of reading him.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Made me smile and made me laugh

    The James Herriot books are my dad's favorite so I suppose part of my delight in reading this book is how it makes me think of my dad, a farmer who's had his share of adventures with animals of his own. I love the simple charm of the stories and the colorful depictions of the locals.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    An old favorite!

    These books made me want to be a veterinarian! I picked this up after decades, and it was like reading an old friend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    Very Good book.

    I loved this book! It is very interesting and funny, the charicters are life size.I'm sure that you will love it to. I will recomend it to anybody, but espescially to animal lovers! I haven't read any of his other books, but I am looking forword to!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    jw

    good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Would you stop saying stupid animal things!

    This for postings, how hard can it be! If you do it again, im going to say you suck dick.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Birdpaw

    Hi. Im birdpaw!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Whitefoot and Flowerpaw

    *a gray face pops into the apprentices den* "Birdpaw? You here? Wanna go training?" ~Whitefoot
    *the small apprentice squeezes into the den and makes a nest next to her brother and sister, Birdpaw and Spiritpaw.* ~Flowerpaw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Darkraven

    Lilystar, when can I have my warrior ceremony?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Spiritkit

    "Owlfeather!" She purrs excitedly leaping onto her mother.~Spiritkit

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    TO ALL

    NO ONE IS AN APPRENTICE YET

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Mistkit / suposed to be mistpaw

    I turned 6 moons today i forgot though. Is there anymore room in here brb.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Owlfeather

    Staggers from the unexpected blow im glad to see u to spiritkit.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Redeyes

    Sorry to interrupt but a couple of visitors are at your den, Lilystar. *dips his head in respect ad walks off* #redeyes

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Skyleaf

    "That is a pretty name!" She purrs, wondering what her kits names will be. Skyleaf

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Kiyankit

    Omg!!!!!!!! A bunch of moss!!!!!!! I will just clear up these nests noone will notice. I made a moss punching bag!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Lilystar to Everyone

    I'm waiting for Goldenstripe to respond to each birth post. Just so you know! ~ Explaining Lilystar

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

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