Celebrating James Herriot

Animals, Humor, Drama, Romance and a Dash of Mystery...

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of author James Herriot's birth... 

On a summer's day, the newly-qualified veterinary surgeon arrived at 23 Kirkgate in Thirsk, Yorkshire to begin his career. He later penned a series of books about his life as a young veterinarian—stories filled with a lively sense of humor, warm humanity and a wonderful sense of place.

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” 

— James Herriot, All Creatures Great and Small

"There was a clarity in the air, a sense of space and airiness that made me feel I had shed something on the plain...The confinement of the city, the grime, the smoke—already they seemed to be falling away from me."

All Creatures Great and Small

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” 
 ― 
James Herriot's Cat Stories

“At times it seemed unfair that I should be paid for my work; for driving out in the early morning with the fields glittering under the first pale sunshine and the wisps of mist still hanging on the high tops.” 

  — James Herriot, All Creatures Great and Small

"I liked the look of the old house...The paint was flaking and the mortar looked crumbly...but there was a changeless elegance about the place."
  —
All Creatures Great and Small

"In fact we were both a little dizzy and we cruised for hours around the countryside, getting out when we felt like it, walking among the hills, taking no account of time."

 — All Creatures Great and Small

“I was prepared for solid worth, dullness and a total lack of charm. But as the bus groaned its way higher I began to wonder. The formless heights were resolving into high, grassy hills and wide valleys...Solid greystone farmhouses lay among islands of cultivated land which pushed bright green promontories up the hillsides into the dark tide of heather which lapped from the summits.” 
  —  
All Creatures Great and Small

James Herriot

October 3, 1916 - February 23, 1995

In my stories, you'll find islands, mystery, friendship and danger. 

My novel, Mystery Shores, is set on a lighthouse island filled with secrets. 

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