I have known about and read short stories from James Herriot, but I recently purchased this book and could not put it down until I had read all 500 pages. It was incredible. It has been written with fascinating wit and intelligence, and each and every character and animal is different and interesting. The stories are all true, and I was bemused and satisfied with each chapter. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great, genuine, fun, and interesting read about a Yorkshire vet working through the 30's to 50's amongst a variety of curious characters.