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, until his death in 1995. He wrote many books about Yorkshire country life, including some for children, but he
is best known for his memoirs, beginning with If Only They Could Talk. The books were televised in the enormously popular
series All Creatures Great and Small.