The Real James Herriot by James Wight
A Memoir of My Father

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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 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.

About James Wight

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Jim Wight, born in 1943, followed in his father's footsteps at the Glasgow Veterinary College, which by then was part of the University of Glasgow, graduating in 1966. In 1967 he joined the practice of Sinclair and Wight in Thirsk, working alongside his father and Donald Sinclair (aka Siegfried Famon) for the next twenty years, when Alf Wight retired. He is still a member of the practice. Jim Wight and his wife, Gill, have a son and two daughters. They live in a village below Sutton Bank near Thirsk.From the Hardcover edition.
Published April 27, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 401 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Instead of turning Alf Wight's life story into a warm Herriot tale, his son acknowledges the health problems that plagued him at veterinary school and later cut short his time in the RAF, the deep depression he experienced in 1960, and the prostate cancer that took his life in 1995.

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Have you not read the books under the pen name of James Herriot, I highly recommend you do post haste, then come back to this "fill in the background" memoir of a truly exceptional man.

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