By James Herriot
This 5th and ultimate installment in James Herriot's heartwarming assortment brings again frequent associates (including previous favorites equivalent to Tricki Woo) and introduces new ones, together with Herriot's little ones Rosie and Jimmy and the marvelously eccentric vet Calum Buchanan.
Every residing Thing is an ideal chance for latest fanatics of Herriot's paintings to reacquaint themselves together with his writing, and for these who have by no means learn him to work out what generations of animal enthusiasts have already chanced on: James Herriot is that rarest of creatures, a real grasp storyteller.
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