The Real James Herriot: The Authorized Biography by Jim Wight

The Real James Herriot: The Authorized BiographyThe Real James Herriot: The Authorized Biography by Jim Wight
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Originally published on January 7th, 2013
I love James Herriot, so I jumped at the chance to read this biography by his son (once I figured out why they had completely different names). And it was quite good. Wight has his father’s easy writing style, which always makes me feel like we’re having a face to face conversation. And unflinching honesty. At the end of the book you feel you know James Herriot (Alf Wight) intimately, and are pretty well acquainted with Tristan and Siegfried too. The only thing I could have wished for would have been more of Herriot’s stories, but that’s really not what this book was about. This book was about Alf Wight. James Herriot was the pseudonym he created so that he could share these stories without embarrassing people (he anonymised the other characters in his stories too) that he knew.

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