The Real James Herriot

Author: Jim Wight

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141916532

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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After qualifying as a vet in 1939, Alf Wight, aka James Herriot, moved to a veterinary practice in Thirsk. He was over fifty when his first book of stories about life as a Yorkshire vet was published, giving birth to some of Yorkshire's most famous and much-loved literary characters. Although he brought fame and fortune to himself and those around him, Alf Wight remained an intensely private person, respected and trusted by those whose animals he cared for, and adored by millions of fans. This illuminating biography reveals the real man behind the title 'The World's Most Famous Vet'.

The Real James Herriot

Author: James Wight

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307790924

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 3510


No one is better poised to write the biography of James Herriot than the son who worked alongside him in the Yorkshire veterinary practice when Herriot became an internationally bestselling author. Now, in this warm and poignant memoir, Jim Wight talks about his father--the beloved veterinarian whom his family had to share with half the world. Alf Wight (aka James Herriot) grew up in Glasgow, where he lived during a happy rough-and-tumble childhood and then through the challenging years of training at the Glasgow Veterinary College. The story of how the young vet later traveled to the small Yorkshire town of Thirsk, aka Darrowby, to take the job of assistant vet is one that is well known through James Herriot's internationally celebrated books and the popular All Creatures Great and Small television series. But Jim Wight's biography ventures beyond the trials and tribulations of his father's life as a veterinarian to reveal the man behind the stories--the private individual who refused to allow fame and wealth to interfere with his practice or his family. With access to all of his father's papers, correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs--and intimate remembrances of all the farmers, locals, and friends who populate the James Herriot books--only Jim Wight could write this definitive biography of the man who was not only his father but his best friend. NOTE: This edition does not include a photo insert.

Summary of Jim Wight's The Real James Herriot

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: 1669358720

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 65

View: 6664


Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 Alf Wight was not a Scotsman, as he never lost the soft Glaswegian accent he developed over his twenty-three years in that great Scottish city. He was an Englishman born of English parents in an English town. He was not a Scotsman, and he never spent his entire life as a practicing veterinary surgeon in Yorkshire. #2 Alf’s mother, Hannah, was a music lover who wanted to improve herself and her family’s situation. She sent her husband to Glasgow in 1914, where he could find work in the shipyards and cinemas. #3 The family was devastated by the death of Jim’s brother Alfred in the First World War, but his name lived on through Alf. Jim was a quiet, reserved and very gentlemanly man, while Pop was a fanatical football fan and a native of Sunderland. #4 The Wight family had their first home in Glasgow in 1916, when baby Alfred was barely three weeks old. His happy and fulfilling childhood days in the city resulted in him forever referring to himself as a Glaswegian.

The Real James Herriot

Author: Jim Wight

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780786225897

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 701

View: 1557


A portrait of the author of "All Creatures Great and Small" by his son describes the life and times of the Yorkshire veterinarian, his devotion to his family, his work as a rural veterinarian, and his writings.

James Herriot: The Life of a Country Vet

Author: Graham Lord

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0755364708

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 273

View: 988


Alf Wight, a modest Scottish writer, better known as James Herriot, wrote books that became worldwide best sellers, films, audiobooks, and a much-loved television show. In The Life of a Country Vet, Graham Lord has written a detailed and affectionate biography of this remarkable man. Lord carefully documents Wight's life, beginning with his childhood in Glasgow and his years in veterinary college. Following his development as a writer, the source of his pen name, and his struggles to get published. Along the way, we encounter some extraordinary events and hidden tragedies in this seemingly magical life. Millions of fans laughed and cried at Wight's delightful stories of life as a vet. Lord reveals that some of the stories were utterly true, and some were utterly fictional. He illuminates the real relationships between the memorable characters that inhabit the books. This warm yet insightful portrait by Lord - who knew his subject very well - will be enjoyed by Wight's myriad of fans. It also dispels the myths that have grown around the life of one of the most famous and deeply loved vets the world has known.

James Herriot

Author: James Herriot,Michael John Rossi

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313294495

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

View: 714


Offers an examination of the Scottish veterinarian's five major works published between 1972 and 1992.

Life Stories: A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries

Author: Maureen O'Connor

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610691466

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 723

View: 4565


Memoirs, autobiographies, and diaries represent the most personal and most intimate of genres, as well as one of the most abundant and popular. Gain new understanding and better serve your readers with this detailed genre guide to nearly 700 titles that also includes notes on more than 2,800 read-alike and other related titles. • A list of subjects and suggested "read-alikes" accompany each title • Appendixes cover awards, websites, and resources • Detailed indexes provide further points of access

James Herriot

Author: Mitzi Brunsdale

Publisher: Twayne Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 195

View: 3798


James Herriot, one of the best-known contemporary British authors, is known for his autobiographical, semi-fictional stories of the life of a veterinarian in the dales of Yorkshire in the 1930s through the 1950s, as well as his children's versions of these animal stories. With book sales in the millions, he is a major figure in the popular culture of our time. In this text, Mitzi Brunsdale traces James Herriot's life and works. Written in a serious yet easy-to-read style, she mixes this biography with 20th-century British history and an overview of the history and people of Yorkshire. This comprehensive study covers Herriot's five autobiographical books, his children's books, and film and television renditions of his works.

All Things Herriot

Author: Sanford Sternlicht

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815606116

Category: Medical

Page: 204

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All Things Herriot is the first full-length book about this best-selling author, whose work, adapted for television, has swept through the world in one of the most popular and enduring series of all times: All Creatures Great and Small. Sternlicht offers a comprehensive, up-to-the-moment evaluation of the Herriot achievements, and it offers the most detailed biography of the real Herriot, James Alfred Wight, in print to date. He explores how this good-natured veterinarian came into existence and how he developed over the course of the series of books. How and why Herriot made the transition to television is examined as well as the effect the shows had on audiences. This is the story of the "creating" of James Herriot, how he captured the imagination of popular culture. This simple man, with his profound love for all creatures in his peaceable kingdom, has earned for himself a secure and enduring place in the hearts and minds of readers and viewers alike.