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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.”
Guelph Mercury
 
“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.”
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"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.”
—Rick Mercer

“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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4.0 out of 5 stars Comical or Seriously Dangerous
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, High-Five Andrew!
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