The Real James Herriot: A Memoir of My Father

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The Real James Herriot: A Memoir of My Father

Format:  Paperback,

371 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: May 2001

ISBN-13: 9780345434906

ISBN-10: 0345434900

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"The day my father died, I lost my best friend". So says Jim Wight of the man who wrote the New York Times bestsellers All Creatures Great and Small and All Things Bright and Beautiful, books that spawned one of the most popular and enduring TV series of all time.

This intimate memoir reveals the man born as Alf Wight, his deep devotion to his family, to the countryside, to farmers and their animals, and to his work. It also recounts the real stories behind the funniest episodes in James Herriot's beloved books.

With full access to his father's papers, correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs, Jim Wight has created a fitting and affectionate tribute that explores how this intensely private and unassuming man became an icon, recognized the world over.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: May 2001
ISBN-13: 9780345434906
ISBN-10: 0345434900
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 371
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 0.75

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Review by Library Journal (2000-02-15)

Yorkshire veterinarian James Herriot (a pseudonym for Alf Wight) is well known to young and old alike, thanks in part to his best-selling books, including All Creatures Great and Small. Herriot's tales of the endearing patients and country folk he encountered during his practice were even made into a highly popular television series. Fans will enjoy Wight's biographical tribute to his father, based on his life with Herriot as a loving father, best friend, and veterinary colleague as well as on his father's papers and correspondence. Wight was also able to draw heavily on the recollections of family and friends, who willingly shared memories and photographs. Strongly recommended for public libraries.

[Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/99.] - Edell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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 biography, Jim Wight ventures beyond 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 recollections of 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.

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