Review of 'James Herriot's Yorkshire'

James Herriot's Yorkshire by James Herriot

james_herriots_yorkshire.jpg I have always enjoyed James Herriot's (James Alfred Wight) Yorkshire vet series of books and the original 1978-1980 television series. It was his compassion for the animals and love of Yorkshire that really came through in the writing along with a healthy dose of humour and good nature. Seeing the countryside in the television series really added to the appreciation of his stories. In this coffee-table book Herriot guides us through the various areas of Yorkshire that featured so prominently in his live accompanied by photographs by Derry Brabbs bringing together the stories and images of the landscape that surrounded them. Sure, now a bit obviously dated with the photographs but the sentiments are very real and the book does give us an idea of the region.

Though much of book is filled with fond memories there are also bittersweet ones too as the images of Yorkshire spark Herriot's memories. It is as if we are listening the great author informally chatting to us as we look over the wonderful pictures. There are references to slightly less known areas such as the Buttertubs, Coverdale and his home in Thirsk (now featuring a museum to the famous man) as well as the more familiar such as York and Harrogate. For all he has something to say, providing insights to not only the countryside but also the writing of his books and his real life as a vet.

Great for fans of the famous Yorkshire vet as well as those who love Yorkshire. Easy to read with some beautiful, if not spectacular, photos.

Rating: “Nearly perfect, but not quite”

Review Date: 2020-11-28

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd

Publication Date: 1977

ISBN: 0718117530