James Herriot grew up in Glasgow and qualified as a veterinary surgeon at Glasgow Veterinary College. Shortly afterwards he took up a position as an assistant in a North Yorkshire practice where he remained, with the exception of his wartime service in the RAF.
His stories about his life as a vet have charmed and delighted millions of readers since his first book If Only They Could Talk was published in 1972. It was followed by It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet, Let Sleeping Vets Lie, Vet in Harness, Vet in a Spin, Every Living Thing and The Lord God Made Them All. The books were televised in the enormously popular series All Creatures Great and Small.
James Herriot is a pseudonym. He died in 1995.