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  • Published: 3 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9781849902724
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $24.99

Young James Herriot

The Making of the World’s Most Famous Vet


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The story of James Herriot's formative years at veterinary college, to accompany a major BBC drama series.

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.'

We all know James Herriot, possibly the most famous vet in the world. But how did he become the man who charmed millions of readers the world over?

Young James tells the fascinating story of James Herriot’s formative years at veterinary college. Set in Glasgow in the 1930s – pre-antibiotics, when veterinary practise 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.

Accompanying a major BBC drama series, Young James uses previously unpublished diaries and casebooks from Herriot’s days as a student to bring to life a fascinating time and place, and represents a thrilling new addition to the James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.

  • Pub date: 3 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9781849902724
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

John Lewis-Stempel

John Lewis-Stempel is the author of The Wild Life, Meadowland, Where Poppies Grow, The Running Hare, The Secret Life of the Owl and most recently, The Wood: the life and times of Cockshutt Wood. He has twice won the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing, for Meadowland and Where Poppies Grow, and was shortlisted for The Running Hare, which was also shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award and the Richard Jefferies Society Award. He writes a column on nature and farming for Country Life and was the 2016 BSME Magazine Columnist of the Year. He lives on the borders of England and Wales 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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