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British veterinary surgeon and author. James Herriot, the pen name of James Alfred Wight (1916 1995), is best known for his bestselling semi-autobiographical novels. Wight graduated in 1939 from the Glasgow Veterinary College and immediately began a practice in the rural town of Thirsk in the Yorkshire Dales of England where he lived and worked until his death, except for service in the Royal Air Force during the World War II. He did not begin writing until 1966, publishing his first book, If Only They Could Talk, in 1970. Because of a British law forbidding veterinary surgeons to advertise, he took the name of a Scottish soccer player under which he wrote all 15 of his books. Herriot's first 6 novels were considered too short to publish individually in the U.S. and were published in pairs under their more familiar titles as follows: ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL (1972) (paired If Only They Could Talk (1970) and It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet (1972). ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL (1974) (paired Let Sleeping Vets Lie (1973) and Vet in Harness (1974). ALL THINGS WISE AND WONDERFUL 1977) (paired Vets Might Fly (1976) and Vet in a Spin (1977). The remainder of his novels appeared individually as James Herriot's Yorkshire (1979), The Lord God Made Them All (1981), Every Living Thing (1992), James Herriot's Cat Stories (1994), and James Herriot's Favourite Dog Stories (1995). His books were the basis of a long-running BBC television program beginning in 1978 and lasting into the late 1980s. They were also adapted in two feature films. By the time of his death, he was a best-selling author in both Britain and the U. S. having sold 50 million copies in 20 countries. Among his honors were the American Veterinary Medical Association's Award of Appreciation in 1975, the Order of the British Empire and an honorary Litt.D. from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh in 1979, induction as a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1982, and an honorary D.V.Sc. from Liverpool University in 1983.

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