James Herriot Biography

Author, Medical Professional (1916–1995)
James Herriot was a British veterinarian and author best known for his books detailing life as a country vet. Two films and a TV series were based on his book All Creatures Great and Small.


James Herriot was a British veterinarian and author born on October 3, 1916, in Sunderland, England. Named James Alfred Wight, his parents raised him in Glasgow, Scotland. He attended veterinary college in 1933 and worked as a well-respected veterinarian for many decades. He created James Herriot as a pen name and published stories about his experiences as a country vet. Herriot’s first book If Only They Could Talk was published in 1970 followed by It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet. In the U.S., these books were published under the title All Creatures Great and Small in 1972. Two films and a television show were based on this book. Herriot died on February 23, 1995, in Yorkshire, England.

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