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  • Published: 3 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9781849902724
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $32.99

Young James Herriot

The Making of the World's Most Famous Vet



The story of James Herriot's formative years at veterinary college - now in paperback

Set in Glasgow in the 1930s, Young James Herriot is the fascinating story of Herriot's formative years at veterinary college, recounting the tales behind his calling to work with animals and his early friendships. With no modern drugs, and a lot of trial-and-error, James sets about learning how to treat the local farm animals and the pets of city folk.Accompanied by a cast of eccentric professors and an ensemble of aspiring veterinarians, this book reveals a world now lost to us, showing how life in pre-war Britain changed an enthusiastic young student named Alf Wight into the man who would charm millions of readers the world over.

  • Published: 3 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9781849902724
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

John Lewis-Stempel

John Lewis-Stempel is a writer and farmer. His books include the Sunday Times bestsellers TheRunning Hare and The Wood. He is the only person to have won the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing twice, with Meadowland and Where Poppies Blow. In 2016 he was Magazine Columnist of the Year for his column in Country Life. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife and two children.

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Praise for Young James Herriot

A delightful dollop of nostalgia and a reminder of the joy of Herriot's antics.

Daily Mail

Admirers of Herriot's best-selling novels will find much to enjoy here.

Choice

A fascinating look at Herriot's childhood and student days.

Shari Low, Daily Record

Herriot learnt his trade when animal medicine was a profession that 'trialed the faint miasma of witchcraft' about it. It's that hint of magic that made Herriot so famous.

The Lady

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