Saturday, December 04, 2010


I posted about James Herriot yesterday. Herriot was his pen name, but in reality his name was James Alfred Wight, also known as Alf Wight. He was born in Scotland in 1916. He became a qualified Veterinary Surgeon at the age of 23.

He and his wife Joan (not Helen) had two children, Jim who also became a vet who became a partner in his practice and a daughter, Rosie, who became a general physician.

Herriot’s stories take place in a town he calls Darrowby, which he based largely on the towns of Thirsk, where he practiced and the town of Sowerby

I recall reading a story about him the year before his death. He was in a field and a ram head butted him in the behind and James went flying. As many of his characters would say, :Things like this happen." The next thing I read was of his death in 1995 at age 76. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1991. He died in his home in Thirlby

Herriot’s use of the language was masterful. Equally masterful was his keen observation skills. I am always amazed by how vets can see things that simply aren’t visible we who look at our animals every day. I’m totally amazed by our local large animal vets and how they can set aside what we say is wrong with our animals that may prejudice them when they look at our stock, and pull out a wild diagnosis that I’ve never heard of

So for you fans of Herriot, it’s a good time to dust off his books and give them another go.


Blogger Donna said...

Did you see the PBS series, done back in the 70's I think? It was true to the books and made the characters come alive. If I could justify the expense, I'd buy all the DVDs of the show.

4:35 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I don't think I've ever read any of his stuff. At least not that I can remember. I'll have to give them a try.

7:00 AM  
Anonymous Auntie said...

I've read all of his books 3 times each.

I also love the television program equally as much so that we have been watching all 8 years or so of episodes (sparingly) through netflix over these past 2 or 3 years. We just started season 8 and I am already sad because I know its getting close to the end.

3:35 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Donna, Netflix is where you should get them. Eight dollars a month and it's easy to cancel your subscription when you finish.

Darev, you must.

Auntie, how many are on each disk?

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His books are highly recommended for any young person hoping to become a humane being.

12:06 AM  

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