The Real James Herriot: A Memoir of My Father

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Ballantine Books, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 371 pages
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 biography, Jim Wight ventures beyond 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 recollections of 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.

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Interesting autobiography from a true renaissance man who mingled with some major players in motion pictures and other disciplines. He is a very funny man and his writing is not a disappointment. Famous as an actor, he was also a diplomat and director. Read full review

THE REAL JAMES HERRIOT: A Memoir of My Father

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A heartfelt account of the life of Alf Wight, veterinarian author of the bestselling James Herriot books, by his son. The younger Wight, who worked alongside his father in theYorkshire practice ... Read full review

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
CHAPTER ONE
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About the author (2001)

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.


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