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Summary

Now a major TV series on Channel 5.

The second collection of memoirs from the author who inspired the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small. This omnibus edition comprises the majority of chapters from Let Sleeping Vets Lie and Vets in Harness.

Now settled into the sleepy Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and married to Helen the farmer’s daughter, James Herriot thinks he’s finally got himself sorted. But life as a vet in the 1930s was never going to be easy. Quite aside from his unpredictable colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, he must contend with new-fangled medical techniques, delivering calves after far too much homemade wine, and a grudge-holding dog called Magnus who never forgets. And then, with Britain on the verge of war, James faces a decision that could separate him from Darrowby - and Helen - for ever.

Since they were first published, James Herriot’s memoirs have sold millions of copies and entranced generations of animal lovers. Charming, funny and touching, All Things Bright and Beautiful is a heartwarming story of determination, love and companionship from one of Britain’s best-loved authors.

©2020 James Herriot (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Critic reviews

"I grew up reading James Herriot's books and I'm delighted that 30 years on they are still every bit as charming, heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny as they were then." (Kate Humble)

"Herriot's enchanting tales of life in the Dales are deservedly classics. Full of extraordinary characters, animal and human, the books never fail to delight." (Amanda Owen, best-selling author of The Yorkshire Shepherdess)

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Well read. Great voice changes of characters.

The second edition of the narrator and on screen actor of Alf Wright, the young man once again give a beautiful reading of yet more tales of life, strife and, yes, wife. Great animal stories abound too. Full marks all round to all concerned in bring these books to young and old ears alike.

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A captivating and entertaining story.

A truly captivating rendition of the second James Herriot book. I'm looking forward to continuing with the series on Audible.

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One to listen to again and again

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book again and again. Well read and gives an interesting look at life for a vet in 1930’s Yorkshire.

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More excellent narration from the newest Herriot!

More classic adventures of Herriot with further stellar voice characterisation from Nicholas Ralph. Bringing multiple wonderfully individual characters to life... Excellent on audio as well as on screen series. Highly recommend Nicholas Ralph on audio.

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Nicholas Ralph brings the stories to life

loved it. what a fabulous retelling of a familiar story. can't wait for the next collection

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very enjoyable and funny

loved it. funny light listen. as a farmer the stories remind me of lambing and you can imagine being with him.

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Funny read

It lightens your mood and makes you laugh. I had pet lambs years ago and as a townie moved into country life surprised local farmers that I could lamb down and they came to their names when called !!!

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Beautifully funny.

I just loved this. The characters, both human and animal are discribed with wit and detail. The pictures painted of landscape and weather are vivid and beautiful. At times so funny and others so sad. couldn't stop listening,

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