All Things Bright and Beautiful

by James Herriot

Hardcover, 1974



The world's most beloved animal doctor delightfully continues where he left off in All Creatures Great and Small with new adventures through the Yorkshire dales and a whole menagerie of memorable patients. Young James, now married and working as a small-town vet, encounters a cast of extraordinary characters as he makes his way through the Yorkshire countryside tending to sick cattle, pregnant ewes, ailing dogs--and their eccentric owners.

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(843 ratings; 4.3)

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LibraryThing member MrsLee
All the romance of a new marriage, and the many little tales that go along with that and a budding career. James Herriot continues the humor and the touching moments of caring for animals and adjusting to a new stage of our lives.
LibraryThing member LibraryCin
This is Herriot's second book about his vet practice in rural England in the 1930s. This one starts just after he has married Helen and ends with him joining the Air Force (presumably just before the war?). At this point, he is trying to expand the practice (which includes brothers, Siegfried and Tristan) to include more small animals (pets).

He is such a great storyteller! Not only does he include stories about the animals he treated, but he has stories about the people, in general. You can tell how much he loved living in the rural area, and he has plenty of humour in his stories. I really enjoyed this one, as well.
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LibraryThing member DanStratton
This is the second in Herriot's series about his life as a country vet in Yorkshire. This book was just as good as the first. The stories are just as fast paced, insightful and enjoyable as in the first. He moves back and forth across his experiences, pointing out his insights, comparing differences in people, animals and situations that say a lot about life and how we all live it. There is a lot to be learned from reading Harriot. We all need to slow down and spend a few minutes looking out the world. His descriptions of the Dales once again have me yearning to visit. It also makes me wonder if my own dales just need a little more inspecting. This book ends with his call up to the military in World War II, leaving us on a heavy, sad note. But that is life sometimes. How should we deal with them is what he discusses throughout.… (more)
LibraryThing member kurtankenybeauchamp
Again, another charming set of stories from James Herriot. I liked this one and didn't find the stories to be as repetitive as the last volume. I still think this is one of those things best read a chapter per night to the little ones in the house. But, as we don't have any little ones just yet, that will have to wait.
LibraryThing member EmScape
British Veterinarian, James Herriot, warms the heart and stimulates laughter with his second collection of autobiographical tales of his practice in the Yorkshire dales. It continually amazes me that Herriot is apparently just as skilled with a pen as he is a scalpel or syringe. Even 80 years after the occurrence of these events, his stories are captivating and strangely relevant.… (more)
LibraryThing member kurtankeny
Again, another charming set of stories from James Herriot. I liked this one and didn't find the stories to be as repetitive as the last volume. I still think this is one of those things best read a chapter per night to the little ones in the house. But, as we don't have any little ones just yet, that will have to wait.
LibraryThing member sylvester2u
I discovered Herriot's books several years ago. He has since become my all time favorite author! I have collected all of his adult books in hardcover and purchased all of the childrens works for my children. Wonderful storyteller for animal lovers. You cannot go wrong with any one of his books.
LibraryThing member JeremyPreacher
Pretty much exactly the same as All Creatures Great and Small, just with new stories. Sometimes predictable is good.
LibraryThing member bhertenstein
Charming and delightful. A tranquil, bucolic moratorium for all busy folk who long for a mental vacation.
LibraryThing member socapeci
This funny and fascinating read is perfect for brightening up long tedious journeys.
LibraryThing member t1bnotown
As in all of Herriot's books, this one is filled with a variety of stories that are primarily humorous and uplifting. This book comes out a little disjointed, because it goes back and forth between Herriot's early married life, his courtship, and earlier with sometimes shaky transitions. The stories are wonderful, of course, and if you like the other books, you're sure to love this one, too.… (more)
LibraryThing member Maydacat
No one else captures the life of a country vet better than James Herriot. In this collection of tales, the reader is treated to a variety of animals in many circumstances, from the most mundane nail trimming to the most dire where nothing can save them. But more often than not, James’ patients pull through, sometimes surprising even the doctor. We are also privy to a bit of James’ private life, as he courts his wife-to-be Helen. Well told and highly entertaining, these tales are classic.… (more)
LibraryThing member jeanbmac
Such a lovely book.
LibraryThing member miketopper
who wouldn't want to become a vet in the yorkshire dales after reading this book?
LibraryThing member Mariesreads
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! James Herriot is a veterinarian in England. He writes about his personal life and his work with the animals and the animal owners. He is SO funny. He can write about the most mundane things and make it a hilarious anecdote. You can tell by his writing that he cares about the animals and the people in his life and life in general.… (more)
LibraryThing member NJGrandmaLinda
SUPER! Gotta be one of the best-loved series - ever! No objectionable language or sexual situations. I listen to this series once per year, usually in the winter when the short days get depressing.
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
These four books were the first I read from the adult section of the tiny town library I grew up with. Still remember them fondly - still don't want to be involved in animal husbandry or to have a pet. That universality of appeal is a large part of their genius.
LibraryThing member DebbieMcCauley
The second book in this newly released classic series from James Herriot. Now living in Darrowby and recently married to Helen, this book continues his exploits on the Yorkshire Dales as he deals with the sometimes hilarious incidents he stumbles into during his entertaining veternary career. Absolutely loving the fantastic new covers!… (more)
LibraryThing member aratiel
Read in its entirety to my infant, who I expect now to become an expert in 1930's veterinary medicine.
LibraryThing member DaveLaw
collection of anecdotal animal storuies from the life of James Herriott (Alf Wight). Often hilarious, sometimes poignant the stories bring to life the world of pre-world war 2 rural Yorkshire. I have often laughed out loud at some of the stories and I would strongly recommend to anyone who wants a "happy" read.


St. Martin's Press (1974), Edition: 1st, 378 pages

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0312020309 / 9780312020309


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