The Real James Herriot: The Authorized Biography

The Real James Herriot: The Authorized Biography

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by Jim Wight, Christopher Timothy, James Wight
     
 

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"The day that my father died, I lost my best friend." So says Jim Wight of the man who wrote the internationally acclaimed best sellers All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful, The Lord God Made Them All, and so many more.

Despite his fame, Alf Wight remained an intensely private person. This

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"The day that my father died, I lost my best friend." So says Jim Wight of the man who wrote the internationally acclaimed best sellers All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful, The Lord God Made Them All, and so many more.

Despite his fame, Alf Wight remained an intensely private person. This illuminating program reveals the man behind the title "The World's Most Famous Vet." Parting the curtain of myth surrounding his father, Jim Wight paints an endearing portrait of the "vit'nery" who turned a modest practice in rural Scotland into a worldwide phenomenon.

He writes of his father's deep devotion to family, nature, the farmers of the countryside, and the animals he cared for; tells of this relationship with his wife, children, and parents; and introduces us to the real characters who were portrayed as Helen, Siegfried, and Tristan. With full access to his father's papers, correspondence, and manuscripts, Jim Wight has created a fitting and affectionate tribute to a man millions loved but never really knew — until now.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559275736
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Edition description:
Abridged
Pages:
3
Product dimensions:
4.44(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.69(d)

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Jim Wight, born in 1943, followed in his father's footsteps at the Glasgow Veterinary College, graduating in 1966. In 1967 he joined the practice of Sinclair and Wight in Thirsk, Scotland, working alongside his father and Donald Sinclair for the next twenty years until Alf Wight retired. He is still a member of the practice. Jim Wight and his wife, Gill, have a son and two daughters. They live in a village below Sutton Bank near Thirsk.

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The Real James Herriot 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the paperback section of my college's bookstore, in 1975, I bought what I intended as a Christmas gift for an elderly lady who'd been kind to me in a strange city. Luckily I read its first chapter before I wrapped it, and I wound up keeping the book as a result. I couldn't imagine my sweet elderly friend reacting to a graphic calving except by turning green - but I fell in love with All Things Bright and Beautiful, by James Herriot. I wasn't alone. Readers all over the world, and in the United States especially, fell in love with the writing of a Yorkshire veterinarian who had nothing published until after his 25th wedding anniversary. I knew vaguely that 'James Herriot' was a pseudonym, and that his books - while presented as fiction - were solidly based on real-life characters and events. But that's all I knew, going into this biography of James Alfred 'Alf' Wight that's authored by his son Jim. Yes, 'Jimmy' from the books, who took on this task at the urging of his father's publisher after Alf Wight's death. Jim Wight doesn't profess to be a writer. He's simply a son telling his father's life story, based on considerable research as well as on his own memories. The result is a loving but honest portrait of a wonderful but far from perfect man, who always - even after writing made him a millionaire - thought of himself first, last, and always as a practicing veterinarian. It's a marvelous character study that no Herriot fan should miss.
Richard Haldeman More than 1 year ago
Alf Wights books were the most enjoyable reading of my 63 years of life. This book brought closure and understanding of the real people and situations involved. I am so happy to have read this! Thank You so much Jim Wight for giving me the opportunity to do so!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Wonderful story in the tradition of the James Herrot books. I loved meeting the people behind the beloved characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a nice find since I've had Herriot-withdrawal with the passing of the author's father a number of years ago. The author's treatment of the subject matter is largely balanced, although, reasonably enough, it shows a son's fond bias now and then. His father's books had wonderful, warm, engaging characters and I enjoyed reading what contributed to Wight Sr.'s own character as well as the basis for the Darrowby residents and Skeldale House circle. I also recognized portions where the author inherited some of his father's gift of storytelling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was such a pleasure to read this memoir from the son of one of my favorite authors. It has been almost a decade since the passing of Alf Wight (James Herriot) and his good natured, warm reflections on the people he served as a veternarian in England have been sorely missed. I am very thankful that his son wrote this book; he seems to have the same warm affection and eye for humor that his father did. It was fascinating to read about the continuing lives of 'Sigfried' and 'Tristan' as well as 'Helen' and to know how well Rosie and James fared as well. All of them became like family members through James Herriot's books, and James Wight's memories in this tome keeps them alive and dear in our hearts. Thank you, Dr. Wight, for writing and sharing this funny, sweet, and heartbreakingly joyous book about your father, your family, and the continuing lives in the Yorkshire Dales.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew I would like 'The Real James Herriot' a lot, but little did I know how much. This is a very fine book: one for all James Herriot fans. Jim Wight introduces you to his dad, Alf Wight in a way nobody else could. This book is much worth the time to read!!!
TinkyWinky More than 1 year ago
This is a must read, especially if you have read any of the books written by, James Herriot. His son has a great wit and writes much like his dad. The book gives you even a greater insight on the real man, his love, dedication, commitment, and passion for his family,friends and the animals. The humor is great, written in such a way that you must force yourself to put it down. You will leave the pages of this book not only more informed about the life of a vet but a good feeling, ... knowing that such a man and his amazing family does exist. I bought several copies for friends. James Herriot was not only a great vet and writer but has inspired many people to take up the veterinary practice. His son is also amazing. My vet was one, who as a child read his works and later became a grand vet. I love this book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not want this book end. 30yrs after reading my first Herriot Forever a fan
GardenLady42 More than 1 year ago
This is a nice biography of the "real" vet who wrote as James Herriot. From his son's point of view, we see the man behind the name. Though not quite as gifted a writer as his father, Jim Wight makes us see his dad as the man he was--father, friend & of course, veterinary surgeon. Like most fans of James Herriot's books, I wish I had had the chance to know the man, he sounds like a wonderful one. Nice pictures of Mr. Wight, his family & those who portrayed him & his colleagues. This one stays on the shelf of my library!
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