- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday Canada (Nov. 18 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 038568259X
- ISBN-13: 978-0385682596
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.1 x 21.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 358 g
- Customer Reviews: 39 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Creatures of the Rock: A Veterinarian's Adventures in Newfoundland Hardcover – Nov. 18 2014
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Winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Non-Fiction Book Award
Shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour
“[H]is stories show the dark side of life as well as the charmingly light. . . . Readers will also enjoy the author's self-deprecating humour and fondness for colourful detail in stories that illuminate his deep regard and warmth for the people and places—and animals—of his adopted province.”
“Peacock uses humour, real-life drama to share rural Newfoundland with the world.”
—The Southern Gazette (Newfoundland)
“Throughout the book, Peacock’s keen ear for dialogue draws readers in and makes the stories come alive. . . . Peacock’s wry humour contributes greatly to his storytelling. Peacock’s memoir is an ode to his adopted province and the creatures he serves in his practice. Creatures of the Rock provides readers with the opportunity to learn something new and be entertained at the same time.”
—Winnipeg Free Press
“Since 1970, when Alf Wight, under the pen name James Herriot, began his enormously successful All Creatures Great and Small series, based on his veterinary adventures in Yorkshire, others have tried to emulate his folksy, self-deprecating style. Peacock succeeds. His humorous anecdotes flow with an effortlessness that marks a true storyteller. . . . Downright hilarious.”
"Creatures of the Rock is a truly great read about an astounding life-long adventure. Funny, heartfelt and so insightful I think I have a good shot at birthing a cow if called upon in an emergency.”
“This is a book for anyone who has ever loved an animal. These are astonishing stories, told with self-deprecating humour and deep affection for Newfoundland’s creatures, great and small. Andrew Peacock inspires us to be curious and renews our sense of wonder. A marvel of a book.”
–Jessica Grant, author of Come, Thou Tortoise.
About the Author
Andrew Peacock was born in Toronto and grew up in Kapuskasing in northern Ontario. After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph he moved to Carbonear, Newfoundland, where he practiced farm animal and pet medicine for twenty-seven years. He and his wife Ingrid now live in Freshwater, just outside of Carbonear.
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I enjoyed the book immensely, it was a different type of story but as an animal lover it gave me an insight into a veterinarian's life in rural Newfoundland. I did find some of the descriptions of the procedures lengthy but overall it was an enjoyable read.
For a first book I was very impressed and I'm looking forward to more books from this author.
Top international reviews
I really liked the characters and the animals in this book. My mom was a Newfie and I have relatives still living on the Rock. What an amazing people to have flourished in this harsh but starkly beautiful environment. Every visit is an adventure and a blessing to be able to visit so many friendly, kind, and generous people.
Goods bits of Newfie Humor and excellent treatment of almost vanished dialects.