All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®They didn't say anything about this in the books, I thought, as the snow blew in through the gaping doorway and settled on my naked back. I lay face down on the cobbled floor in a pool of nameless muck, my arm deep inside the straining cow, my feet scrabbling for a toe hold between the stones. I was stripped to the waist and the snow mingled with the dirt and the dried blood on my body. I could see nothing outside the circle of flickering light thrown by the smoky oil lamp which the farmer held over me. No, there wasn't a word in the books about searching for your ropes and instruments in the shadows; about trying to keep clean in a half bucket of tepid water; about the cobbles digging into your chest.
All Creatures Great and Small
James Alfred Wight , OBE, FRCVS 3 October — 23 February , known by the pen name James Herriot , was a British veterinary surgeon and writer who used his many years of experiences as a veterinary surgeon to write a series of books consisting of stories about animals and their owners. In October a Blue plaque was placed at Wight's childhood home in Glasgow. Wight qualified as a veterinary surgeon at Glasgow Veterinary College in at age He took a job at a veterinary practice in Sunderland in January , and he moved to work in a rural practice the following July. Wight served in the Royal Air Force in His wife moved to her parents' house during this time, and he joined her upon being discharged from the RAF as a leading aircraftman. They lived there until , when they moved back to Kirkgate, staying there until