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Product Details

  • Series: All Creatures Great and Small
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312330863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312330866
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"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)

"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 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))

"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)

From the Publisher

The Yorkshire veterinarian who has captured the heart of America with his beloved and wonderful autobiographical books here presents his best-selling sequel to All Creatures Great And Small. Bursting with warmth and laughter, you will fall in love with James Harriot's very special celebration of life.

"A book to be happy with."--The Boston Globe.

"Human beings just naturally respond to a writer as lovable, wholesome, eloquent, humorous and well-stocked with anecdotes as James Herriot."--Chicago Tribune Book World.

"The Reader falls totally under his spell."--Associated Press --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Customer Reviews

This book is well-written and very amusing.
Ray Badger Jr.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves animals and the people who own them!
Marcia J Parker
It is about a Country vet. named James Herriot.
11 year old book lover

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Terrie S. on August 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read all of the 4 Herriot books when I was in high school, but I find I'm getting so much more out of them as an adult. Mr. Herriot is a delightful companion to take along on an overseas flight, but you should be prepared to explain to your seatmates why you are laughing so hard that tears are streaming down your face!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Only once a century (or less) someone one like Herriot comes and makes you feel like you are truly there. I wish I could of meet him. He has made me want to be a veterinary doctor. Once again, JUST AWESOME!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a truly great book. I love all Herriot books, he is s man who writes from his heart and all his books have the unique ability of making you smile inspite of all odds.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher B. Jonnes on March 5, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
All Things Bright and Beautiful is a fantastic book that had a curious effect on the direction of my life. This sequel to Herriot's best-selling "All Creatures Great and Small" continues the true, autobiographical adventures of the author as an English countryside veterinarian. I had just read his first book and dove right into this second one, absolutely convinced as a teenager that veterinary medicine was my destiny. But by the end of this second book, Herriot helped me realize that while I loved animals, I wouldn't be happy as a vet. The odd hours, inevitable disappointments, and requirement to frequently and literally go elbow deep into places I'd rather not, caused the realization that petting a warm and fuzzy pet and fixing a sick and slimy farm animal are two entirely different propositions. One measure of a book's merit is its power to change lives. This one has such power, for which I'm eternally grateful. -- Christopher Bonn Jonnes, author of Wake Up Dead and owner of 3 cats, 2 dogs, and 2 horses.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nanna on February 20, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
James Herriot Describing Himself in All Things Bright and Beautiful
In the novel All Things Bright and Beautiful, the author James Herriot is using his experiences as a veterinarian in Scotland to make an indirect characterization of himself. Reading the book, we get the picture of James Herriot as being a person who simply loves life because of the small things that happen in it whether they happen when he visits the farms in the country, goes and gets drunk in a pub, or has to get up in the middle of the night because of his job. Due to his amusing and joyful way of describing what he sees and does, we get encouraged to love life as much as James Herriot loves it himself. The way he indirectly describes himself makes the novel a joy to read.
We are not supposed to learn the lessons of life when reading this novel; we are supposed to enjoy James Herriot as a fantastic storyteller and get inspired to enjoy the small though extraordinary things in life that happen every day. The indirect characterization of James Herriot is what makes us realize that. We get inspired by his personality and his actions. James Herriot has put his personality onto every page of the book, and it is his personality that shapes the novel and makes it as good and amusing as it is. James Herriot has not written this novel because he had to; he has written it because he wanted to, and his love of writing about a topic as banal as his own life makes this novel a positively different and extraordinary piece of literature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna Hill on October 16, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm just so amazed that I'm loving Herriot's books so much. Never did I think that I, at age 66, would be loving animal stories so much, farm animals in particular. And Herriot feels like a friend now. I feel as though I'm right there with him at the farms in the English countryside. I'm rooting for him when he's treating these sick animals or helping with the birthing of animals. There are also some domestic animals in this book--dogs, cats, and birds. I love all the stories. The stories which are the most interesting to me involve both an animal and Herriot. Reading about cowboys who lasso animals isn't interesting to me. I find that I'm losing the gist of the story--who's he talking about? The cowboy? The steer? The pig? And do I care? But when those middle-of-the-night calls bring Herriot out to those farms where he must make life and death decisions for the farm owners and miracles can occur, then I can engage in the story and my world disappears. For the moment, I'm Herriot and I want nothing more than to see this calf born or cow healed. I love hearing about some of the people--particularly the kind and caring ones. Some of the selfish ones who avoid paying their vet bills anger me. I want to say--"Keep warming my heart, Herriot, with the bright and the beautiful; I wish I didn't have to think about the pettiness of people. Let me just get lost in your world of medicine and four-legged and feathered friends. It's a welcome respite from the world."
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A 12-year old reader on October 30, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a really great book and the only biography I've really ever liked. It's about a guy (James Herriot) who is a country vet. This has stories about his work at a pet show, him when he's trying to court his future wife, and it has a lot about the personalities of the animals he treated. It also has a lot of his blunders, like when he got drunk (accidentally, I think) and went out to a farm. The people there were really religious, and he found out the next day the despised drinking! He didn't go out there again. All in all, it was a really good book, and I recommend it for any animal lovers or future vets out there.
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