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James Herriot's Cat Stories

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Between these covers, teller and tales finally meet in a warm and joyful new collection that will bring delight to the hearts of readers the world over: James Herriot's Cat Stories. Here are Buster, the kitten who arrived on Christmas; Alfred, the cat at the sweet shop; little Emily, who lived with the gentleman tramp; and Olly and Ginny, the kittens who charmed readers when they first appeared at the Herriots' house in the worldwide bestseller Every Living Thing. And along with these come others, each story as ...

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Overview

Between these covers, teller and tales finally meet in a warm and joyful new collection that will bring delight to the hearts of readers the world over: James Herriot's Cat Stories. Here are Buster, the kitten who arrived on Christmas; Alfred, the cat at the sweet shop; little Emily, who lived with the gentleman tramp; and Olly and Ginny, the kittens who charmed readers when they first appeared at the Herriots' house in the worldwide bestseller Every Living Thing. And along with these come others, each story as memorable and heartwarming as the last, each told with that magical blend of gentle wit and human compassion that marks every word from James Herriot's pen.

This enchanting collection features amusing and poignant stores about one of the Yorkshire vet's favorite animals. 2 cassettes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Viewers of Herriot's TV series All Creatures Great and Small will find themselves in familiar territory here. We meet Olly and Ginny, feral kittens who disdained indoor life. Frisks's ``spells'' were a puzzle until Herriot learned that the cat licked the medicine saucer of its owner, a terminal cancer patient. Oscar, an injured stray was notable for attending public meetings. Moses, a black kitten, joined a litter of pigs and was accepted by the sow. These heartwarming stories should make an ideal gift for cat lovers. Illustrations not seen by PW. Sept.
Library Journal
Books by the beloved Yorkshire veterinarian, best-selling author of such titles as All Creatures Great and Small, Every Living Thing, and James Herriot's Dog Stories, are always welcome. Cat lovers in particular will cheer this collection of favorite cat tales from Herriot's veterinary practice. Retired after over 50 years in practice, Herriot continues to entertain young and old alike with his storytelling ability. His current collection includes "Alfred, the Sweet-Shop Cat," "Boris and Mrs. Bond's Cat Establishment," "Moses Found Among the Rushes," and others. Guaranteed to warm the hearts of readers of all ages, this book is sure to be in demand. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/94.]-Edell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., Wis.
Barbara Duree
Eight years after "James Herriot's Dog Stories", the grand old British veterinarian and raconteur has compiled a similar but much shorter collection, in small gift-book format, of his favorite cat tales. Noting in the introduction that the status of the species has changed dramatically since he began practice in Yorkshire more than half a century ago, he states that cats are now arguably the most popular of all family pets. Of the 10 vignettes excerpted here from previous books, 3 tell how over an extended period of time the Herriots gradually tamed a pair of feral cats; the rest are humorous and/or touching stories about particular felines--and their people--encountered in the course of Herriot's predominantly large-animal work. Although they will recognize most, perhaps all, of the selections (one appeared in 1985 as the children's picture book "Moses, the Kitten"), Herriot's devotees, especially cat lovers, will applaud this encore.
From the Publisher
“Christopher Timothy conveys his relish for the countryside and country folk, not to mention animals.... Herriot’s generous nature and honest concern coupled with Timothy’s friendly style are a winning combination.” — AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312113421
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/1994
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 209,661
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.64 (h) x 0.07 (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, 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). His veterinary practice in Yorkshire, England, is now tended by his son, Jim Wight.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Alfred: The Sweet-Shop Cat 1
Oscar: The Socialite Cat 21
Boris and Mrs. Bond's Cat Establishment 47
Olly and Ginny: Two Kittens Who Came to Stay 63
Emily and the Gentleman of the Road 83
Olly and Ginny Settle In 105
Moses Found Among the Rushes 113
Frisk: The Cat with Many Lives 123
Olly and Ginny: The Greatest Triumph 135
Buster: The Feline Retriever 149
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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    nice stories for "cat people"

    James Herriot was the pen name of James Alfred (Alf) Wight (1916–1995), an English veterinary surgeon and writer, who used his many years of experiences as a veterinarian to write a series of books about animals and their owners. In 1940, he moved to work in a rural practice based in the town of Thirsk, Yorkshire, England, with Donald and Brian Sinclair, and the following year married Joan Catherine Anderson Danbury. In his semi-autobiographical books, Wight calls the town where Herriot lives and works "Darrowby," which he based largely on the towns of Thirsk and and nearby Sowerby. He also renamed Donald Sinclair and his brother Brian Sinclair as Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, respectively, and used the name "Helen Alderson" for Joan Danbury. Wight’s son, also a veterinarian, has said that the books are only partially autobiographical as several events that actually happened in the 1960s and 70s are transported back to the 1930s and 40s.
    Herriot first published six short books, which in the United States were released as three combined volumes. They were All Creatures Great and Small (1972, incorporating If Only They Could Talk and It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet); All Things Bright and Beautiful (1974, incorporating Let Sleeping Vets Lie and Vet in Harness); and All Things Wise and Wonderful (1977, incorporating Vets Might Fly and Vet in a Spin). He has also written James Herriot's Yorkshire (1979), The Lord God Made Them All (1981), and Every Living Thing (1992). I first became acquainted with the series as a result of watching the long-running BBC television program based on the books and shown in the United States on PBS. Then my mother gave us copies of the books which are cute stories but have quite a bit of cursing and profanity, even some vulgarity, and many references to drinking alcohol. Cat Stories tells about Buster, the kitten who arrived on Christmas; Alfred, the cat at the sweet shop; little Emily who lived with the gentleman tramp; Olly and Ginny who first appeared at the Herriots’ house in Every Living Thing; and others.
    We are “cat people” with two pet housecats, both neutered toms—one a huge, hulking yellow tabby that our older son brought home when it was a tiny, barely four-week-old kitten, and the other a sleek black stray which adopted us after our younger son found him under our back porch. I had hoped that Cat Stories might omit some of the objectionable features of the other books, but there are still a few instances of cursing, profanity, and drinking alcohol, though perhaps not as much as in the larger volumes. There is also a companion, Favorite Dog Stories (1995). Because of the language, I would not recommend them for youngsters. Herriot did write several shorter stories suitable for children--Blossom Comes Home (1969); Moses the Kitten (1984); Only One Woof (1985); The Christmas Day Kitten (1986); Bonny's Big Day (1987); The Market Square Dog (1989); Oscar, Cat-About-Town (1990); and Smudge, the Little Lost Lamb (1991)—which I believe were all included in an omnibus edition, James Herriot's Treasury for Children (1992).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2001

    I liked this book because James Harriot is a vet. and I am going to be one someday!

    I think this book is cool because the cats are James Herriot's clients

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2000

    Outstanding Book!

    This book is an excellent book! Some of the stories made me laugh, and some made me cry. It really touches the hearts of all cat lovers. I would highly recommend this to anyone!

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