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Young Herriot: The Early Life and Times of James Herriot

Young Herriot: The Early Life and Times of James Herriot

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  • ISBN-13: 9781849902717
  • Publisher: BBC Books
  • Release Date: Sep 01, 2011
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.5 x 6.0 inches

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The fascinating formative veterinary college years of the most famous vet in the world, the author of All Creatures Great and Small

We had no antibiotics, few drugs. A lot of time was spent pouring things down cows' throats. The whole thing added up to a lot of laughs. There's more science now, but not so many laughs.

How did a young student named Alf Wight become James Herriot, the man who would charm millions of readers the world over? Set in Glasgow in the 1930s—pre-antibiotics, when veterinary practice was, as Herriot wrote, "more art than science"—the book shines a light on his calling to work with animals (which began when he read an article in Meccano Magazine entitled "Veterinary Surgery as a Career"), his early friendships and quest for knowledge at Glasgow's Veterinary College, and the early development of his legendary compassion for animals. Young Herriot uses previously unpublished diaries and casebooks from Herriot's days as a student to bring to life a fascinating time and place, and represents a thrilling new addition to the James Herriot canon.

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