- Series: All Creatures Great and Small
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (November 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312348525
- ISBN-13: 978-0312348526
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 393 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,493,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Every Living Thing: The Warm and Joyful Memoirs of the World's Most Beloved Animal Doctor (All Creatures Great and Small) Paperback – November 15, 2005
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“Will make the tears flow and the heart sing!” ―Chicago Tribune
“A new James Herriot is always cause for celebration!” ―San Francisco Chronicle
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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 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
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I highly recommend this fabulous look into an amazing story and the beauty of a Yorkshire England.
This one has several sad or bittersweet cat stories, which always get me - torn between the dying old man who wanted his cat and the adopted stray who dies just as some progress is being made as to which got me more (especially his companion who kept looking for him) - but it's clear from reading his work that the writer understood not only cats, but cat owners.
This one is particularly good for the younger vets coming through the practice, including the vet with t'badger.
The people in my apartment building would never think of me as a dog lover when I avoid getting in an elevator with one if at all possible. But these stories are just so filled with humanity, joy, and warmth that even this cranky 66-year-old widow has been charmed, and I so look forward to reading all his books. Once again, I must say that I enjoy his people stories but, in some ways, I love the animal stories even more, perhaps because they are teaching me--I know a lot about people, but I haven't known as much about animals, other than my brother's dog and my daughter's cat whom I'm a bit in love with. And so Herriot is helping me to broaden my horizons and expand my heart. I'm most grateful.
But I will say that one person who stands out, other than Herriot, is his amazing and eccentric assistant, Calum. Also, it was wonderful to meet Herriot's wife whom he dubs "Helen" in his stories (for the sake of privacy). Another great bedside companion--these stories are wonderful for bedtime reading--they won't give you nightmares--just pleasant dreams with one exception. His story about fleas, although fascinating, was disturbing at bedtime. He writes so well that I felt as though I had fleas!
But this, to me, is another interesting and joyful book by a warm and witty veterinarian and master story teller.