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No matter how many times I read James Herriot's excellent books, I never get tired of them After at least ten readings, each one still has the power to make me laugh and cry, and they're all the better for the familiarity I now have with his stories I'm pretty sure that when I'm old and grey and full of sleep, I'll be reading these books and chuckling about the time Tristan created a kitchen explosion while trying to light the fire, and crying for each of the old dogs that never got better and had to be put to sleep And I'm also sure I'll still feel a pang of regret that I never was a country vet in Yorkshire, and never got to go on rounds with Mr Herriot, jumping out to open gates on farm visits and chatting companionably in the car with him between calls His evident love and appreciation for animals, the Yorkshire countryside and everyone he encountered makes these books an absolute joy to read and they will always have pride of place on my bookshelves. The final book written by James Herriot, Every Living Thing reads like his very first book All Creatures Great And Small It caught my interest right away and held it through every page I could barely put it down, as you can see by how quickly I went through it Insomnia helped a bit, but that was certainly not the only reason for such a quick reading This book had all the charm of the first one, with stories that brought both tears and laughter Not to mention great characters like new assistant Calum Buchanan and his badger, or the farrier who could handle any horse but was nervous about dogs.Ten years after publishing The Lord God Made Them All, Herriot gave the world his last book It is a charmer, magical and moving We get to see Mrs Pumphrey and TrickiWoo again for the first time since ACGAS, and we meet plenty of other lovely characters human and animal For me it was a return to something that had slipped away a bit in the last couple of titles The writing lived and breathed again: Every Living Thing truly felt alive in a way that the last couple of books did not.I had the same reaction to this book that I have every time I read ACGAS At the end of the final chapter I was ready to go back to page one and start all over again It was the perfect way to finish off my Herriot marathon. Most people know that James Herriot wrote about his life as a Yorkshire country vet in the 1930's, 40's, and this one, which took place in the 50's When my children were small, we read and reread a beautiful children’s Treasury edition of the Herriot stories We all loved these stories, our son especially Honestly, if I could, I would buy a copy of this for every family Herriot’s descriptions of Yorkshire are so delightful that four years ago, when we were traveling in England, we spent a few nights in Thirsk (known as “Darrowby” in his books) and we visited the Herriot museum (“The World of James Herriot”) The museum is the actual surgery where the stories take place We stayed at a cozy little BB in Thirsk The owners grew up knowing James Herriott and his family They all lived down the street from one another The Herriot children, who are now adults in their seventies, went to school with owners of the BB They are friends still We took this picture of the church where James Herriot and his wife got married It’s just down the street from the Herriot Museum.Although I liked this book very much, it wasn’t my favorite It’s the last one in the series I’ve enjoyed them all and feel sad that as with all good things, this too, had to come to an end. The final instalment of James Herriot's (Alfred Wight's) All Creatures Great and Small series, Every Living Thing is indeed a grand farewell for and to the author's veterinarian memoirs, not only revisiting the familiar (James Herriot's dealings with his partner Siegfried Farnon, the latter's absentmindedness and sometimes mercurial temperament, the many animal cases seen and treated, with often positive but also at times negative and sad outcomes, and with familiar characters like eccentric but sweet Mrs Pumphrey/Tricki Woo and archvillains, however also somewhat darkly humorous Mr Sidlow and family making an appearance) but also introducing novel characters and scenarios (such as the escapades of John Crooks and especially the antics of Calum Buchanan, the aptly named vetwiththe badger) And while there has always been ample humour, and even some satire included in the All Creatures Great and Small series as a whole, for me personally, my two favourite laughoutloud episodes of the series in its entirety do indeed and in fact occur in Every Living Thing, namely Wolfie the vicious dog's misleading tailwagging fooling and apprehending the callous thieves who have been preying on Darrowby seniors and Bernard Wain, as the eponymous and totally harmless Cisco Kid, getting apprehended by the local police after he forgets to remove the bandana like mask he always dons to guard against offensive barnyard odours (and then goes out for fish and chips clad like this, of course arousing a bit of official suspicion, so much so that James Herriot must vouch for poor Bernard, explaining to the police officer that Bernard is unable to stomach bad farmyard smells and was so traumatised by James Herriot having to cleanse a cow that he simply forgot he was wearing a mask before going out for his one main joy, fish and chips).Now interstingly enough, when I first read Every Living Thing in 1992 (a hardcover edition I had purchased soon after publication), and by then having become well aware of the fact that James Herriot's real name was Alfred Wight and that his memoirs often did stretch the truth and were thus at best only semiautobiographical, I immediately but it turns out in total error assumed that especially the character of Calum Buchanan and his menagerie of diverse animals was most probably and likely massively exaggerated However, when I perused Jim Wight's brilliant and poignant biography of his father, The Real James Herriot a few years ago, it is indeed presented that almost ALL of Calum Buchanan's (Brian Nettleton in real life) eccentricities, including him always appearing with a badger on his shoulder, even on veterinarian calls, are absolute and bona fide reality (with the only but main difference being that Every Living Thing does not mention that Brian Nettleton tragically died in a car accident in Nova Scotia in 1990) Laughter and tears, joy and heartbreak, entertainment and thoughtprovoking authorial musings on life, on animals, on humanity in general, Every Living Thing is a lovely, but also somewhat saddening and sobering conclusion to the All Creatures Great and Small series, saddenining in particular because we all know that Alfred Wight died of prostate cancer in 1995 and that Every Living Thing thus truly represents the author's swan song so to speak, and that there will obviously and unfortunately not be any further James Herriot memoirs. [ READ E-PUB ] ♠ Every Living Thing ♶ For than twenty years, James Herriot has captivated millions of readers and television viewers with tales of the triumphs, disasters, pride and sometimes heartache that filled his life as a vet in the Yorkshire DalesEvery Living Thing shines with the storytelling magic that has made him a favourite the world over It also reveals of the real James Herriot than ever beforeHere is a book for all those who find laughter and joy in animals, and who know and understand the magic of wild places and beautiful countryside This sale ended, as well, but I really hope you'll read this series, no matter where you get it.***************************************They must be going down the list of Herriot's books and putting them each on sale in turn This one's now dropped to only $1.99, and it's just as good as all the others Grab your copy here. I had to buy a second copy of this book when I rashly lent the first copy to my mum Should have known she'd never give it up! I wrote to James Herriot to tell him how much I enjoy his books He wrote back with a charming letter, saying that although he was no longer in the best of health, hearing from people who love animals and the countryside meant so much to him He died 2 weeks later : ( I hope I never tire of his books. I love all James Herriot books and this was no different It's like eating comfort food, but not fattening. This is a very fitting last book to James Herriot's collection In it, he and Helen move several times, and he details each move and house and what it represents to him He also details the characters, arrivals, acclimatisations, and departures or two memorable veterinary assistants, both of which make for very compelling reading, though the vet wi' the badger is my favorite The book culminates with a very small, personal, tender story of Herriot and his own cats This is one of the very best of the books, and I highly recommend it.(I apologize for the brevity of this review I finished it right as I got away on vacation on May 5, and I really do best when I can review these books right away.)