Publication Order of Short Story Collections
Publication Order of Picture Books
|Moses the Kitten||(1984)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Only One Woof||(1985)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Christmas Day Kitten||(1986)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Bonny's Big Day||(1987)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Blossom Comes Home||(1988)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Market Square Dog||(1989)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Oscar, Cat-About-Town||(1990)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Smudge, The Little Lost Lamb||(1991)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Smudge's Day Out||(1991)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books
|If Only They Could Talk||(1970)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet||(1972)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|All Creatures Great and Small||(1972)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Let Sleeping Vets Lie||(1973)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|All Things Bright and Beautiful||(1974)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Vet in Harness||(1974)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Vets Might Fly||(1976)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|All Things Wise and Wonderful||(1977)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Vet in a Spin||(1977)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|James Herriot's Yorkshire||(1979)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Lord God Made Them All||(1981)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Best of James Herriot||(1982)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Animal Stories: Tame and Wild||(1985)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|James Herriot's Dog Stories||(1986)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Every Living Thing||(1992)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|James Herriot Story Book||(1992)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|James Herriot's Treasury for Children||(1992)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|James Herriot's Cat Stories||(1994)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Seven Yorkshire Tales||(1995)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|James Herriot's Animal Stories||(1997)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Greatest Cat Stories||(1997)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|James Herriot's Yorkshire Stories||(1997)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|James Herriot's Yorkshire Revisited||(1999)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
James Herriot was born James Alfred Wight on February 1916; a British veterinary surgeon whose numerous years in his field prepared him for a writing career during which he told many a story about animals and their owners, James Herriot died in 1995.
Born in Sunderland, County Durham, James Herriot was the son of James and Hannah Bell Wight. While James took work as a ship plater, he also indulged his passion of the piano, his wife earning a small income as a dress maker, on top of her singing.
Attending Yoker primary school and Hillhead High School, Herriot gained a passion for football at an early age, becoming a lifetime supporter of the Sunderland Football club.
He entered the veterinary filed at the age of 23, having received his qualifications from Glasgow veterinary college in 1939. Initially practicing in Sunderland, James Herriot eventually moved to a rural area in the town of Thirsk, and there he stayed for the remainder of his life.
James Herriot married Joan Catherine Anderson Danbury in 1941. They had two children; James Alexander not only entered the veterinarian business but also joined his father as a partner in his practice, while Rosemary became a general practice physician.
James Herriot briefly served in the military and eventually attested, even then, to have held a passion for writing, a dream than never came to fruition because so much of his time was consumed by his family and business.
It was his wife, Joan, who finally pushed him to pursue his dream; despite his enthusiasm, Herriot’s initial attempts at writing were met with rejection and often revolved around football.
It wasn’t until he turned his eye towards what he knew best, animals, that James Herriot began to experience success; it was after he observed the potential for success that his first novel ‘If only they could talk’ presented that James decided to drop the name Wight in favor of his pen name ‘James Herriot’, this resulting from common etiquette at the time which frowned upon the concept of professionals in most businesses advertising their services.
James Herriot was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1991 and died four years later; Joan, his wife, also died in 1999.
Many of James Herriot’s books are partially autobiographical and will tell stories that loosely incorporate events, people and places connected to his own life, many times in a personal manner.
The books, in many ways, chronicle the shift the veterinary industry underwent during James’ years in his practice, taking into account the role transitions in agriculture as well as various social factors might have played in the process, this including the fact that many a veterinary practice slowly but steadily shifted their primary focus away from large beasts of burden to smaller creatures like dogs and cats.
While his books are largely referred to as animal stories, the creatures in James Herriot’s novels often play a fairly negligible role, with the plots primarily revolving around the people of Yorkshire country and their lives. The unique flavor present in Herriot’s work often emanates from the emphasis he places upon the relationships between animals and their owner, with the author known for making shrewd and quirky observations about this human/animal dynamic.
James Herriot’s books were adapted into a movie titled ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ in 1975, as well as a long running series of the same name which aired on BBC Television. The BBC also developed a three part drama in 2010 titled ‘Young James Herriot’ which utilized case notes and diaries to tell the story of the author.
Herriot’s home of Thirsk has benefited greatly from his popularity, with the ‘World of James Herriot’ Museum attracting many a curious fan.
If Only They Could Talk
James Herriot arrives in the small village of Darrowby, unaware of the adventures that await him or the new friends that lie ahead. ‘If Only They Could Talk’ is a memoir narrating James Herriot’s first few years as a vet; operating in the country, ‘If Only They Could Talk’ manifests James Wight’s unique storytelling magic, the novel providing several hours of fun and joy to those persons that enjoy the company of animals and wish to explore the wild places of the country side.
‘If Only they could talk’ is an elegantly written novel that is often forgotten by today’s readers; there is never a dull moment within its pages. The characters are eccentric and the narrative couldn’t be any more humorous. Many natives of the region within which the novel is set have often complimented James’ first book for the sense of homeliness it creates
It shouldn’t happen to a Vet
The title aptly describes the spirit of James Herriot’s the second novel, which finds the author’s primary character, at one point, sitting on a high Yorkshire Moor and oddly scented like a cow.
‘It shouldn’t happen to a Vet’ continues to tell many more stories about Herriot’s complicated life, roping his boss Siegfried Farnon and the unpredictability that is his personality into the chaos, along with Tristan, his charming brother, complimented by Herriot’s fated encounter with the beautiful Helen.
Once more the beauty of the countryside shines through in this warm tale that is as charming as it is wise. ‘It shouldn’t happen to a vet’, like all of James Herriot’s works, is one novel that shouldn’t be rushed.
James Herriot doesn’t write fast paced page turners filled with thrilling tales; rather it is those readers that enjoy the quite simplicity of a good book that Herriot writes for, his second novel simply happy to crawl down its own path, rarely in a hurry to arrive at its destination but making every portion of the journey a true delight.
James’ anecdotes about the life of a vet in the country illustrate a love for the quite life; they reveal wisdom and wit even while never failing to entertain. ‘It shouldn’t happen to a vet’ has no particular target group. It is the sort of novel that readers both young and old, men and women, are going to enjoy, whether they love animals and the countryside or not.
Indeed many older readers have admitted to enjoying James Herriot’s works during their teenage years, the same novels they continue to visit today and whose entertainment value has not dimmed even with the passing of time,Book Series In Order » Authors » James Herriot