If Only They Could Talk

If Only They Could Talk: The Classic Memoir of a 1930s Vet

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 04/06/2010
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If Only They Could Talk
If Only They Could Talk
As a lover of animals from a family of animal fanatics, I've been recommended the James Herriot books more times than I can remember. Having finally sat do... READ MORE
Jasmine at Birmingham High Street
If Only They Could Talk
Dinna meddle wi' things ye ken nuthin' aboot!
I recently found my old copy of this – a ‘new’ edition published in 1973. The book is a tired paperback. My over-sized bookplate stuck firmly inside, the c... READ MORE
Sue Chambers


'I grew up reading James Herriot's book and I'm delighted that thirty years on they are still every bit as charming, heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny as they were then.' – Kate Humble

Fresh out of Veterinary College, and shoulder-deep in an uncooperative cow, James Herriot’s first job is not panning out exactly as expected . . .

To a Glaswegian like James, 1930s Yorkshire appears to offer an idyllic pocket of rural life in a rapidly changing world. But even life in the sleepy village of Darrowby has its challenges. On the one hand there are his new colleagues, Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, two brothers who attract a constant stream of local girls to whom James is strangely invisible. On the other he must contend with herds of semi-feral cattle, gruff farmers with incomprehensible accents and an overweight Pekingese called Tricki Woo . . .

Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, If Only They Could Talk is a book for all those who find laughter and joy in animals, and who know and understand the magic and beauty of Britain’s wild places.

James Herriot's books were televised in the enormously popular series All Creatures Great and Small.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780330518154
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 174g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 16 mm

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This is a generic review really. It applies to all of the books in this series and will be the same review on all of them. Each of the books are just such ... READ MORE
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