If Only They Could Talk: The Classic Memoirs of a 1930s Vet

If Only They Could Talk: The Classic Memoirs of a 1930s Vet

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By (author) James Herriot

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  • Publisher: Pan Books
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 20mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 4 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330518151
  • ISBN 13: 9780330518154
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 53,766

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Fresh out of Veterinary College, and shoulder-deep in an uncooperative cow, James Herriot's first job is not panning out exactly as expected ...To a Glaswegian like James, 1930s Yorkshire appears to offer an idyllic pocket of rural life in a rapidly changing world. But even life in the sleepy village of Darrowby has its challenges. On the one hand there are his new colleagues, Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, two brothers who attract a constant stream of local girls to whom James is strangely invisible. On the other he must contend with herds of semi-feral cattle, gruff farmers with incomprehensible accents and an overweight Pekingese called Tricki Woo...Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, If Only They Could Talk is a book for all those who find laughter and joy in animals, and who know and understand the magic and beauty of Britain's wild places. 'Bulls with sunstroke, pigs on the run and a cake-eating Peke with a betting habit ...I grew up reading James Herriot's book and I'm delighted that thirty years on they are still every bit as charming, heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny as they were then' Kate Humble 'It's a pleasure to be in James Herriot's company' Observer 'After an evening among his tales, anyone with as much as a dog or a budgerigar will feel he should move to Darrowby at once' Yorkshire Post

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James Herriot grew up in Glasgow and qualified as a veterinary surgeon at Glasgow Veterinary College. Shortly afterwards, he took up a position as an assistant in a North Yorkshire practice where he remained, with the exception of his wartime service in the RAF, until his death in 1995.