I can't remember what age I was when my mom handed me one of James Herriot's books. I just remember that I devoured it, loved it, and wanted to read everything he'd ever written. JH was one of the reasons I wanted to be a vet(until I learned how many years it took(8) and required strong math skills(ha.ha.)).
James Alfred Wight(pen name James Herriot) was a country vet who started practicing in the 1940's in Yorkshire. Now for those of you who've I've just lost b/c you're not a fan of animals: hang on. Herriot's books are as much about people as they are animals. He was a master of making human nature come to life on the page- but he did it humbly, with simple words.
And if you are an animal lover, then who wouldn't love to read about dogs and cats, sheep and pigs, cows and horses? Also, I have to admit, JH is the reason I won't eat lamb. I've fond memories of being curled up in a chair reading about soft, wiggly lambs being born on cold, windy hillsides. Anytime I do think I'd like to try a genuine gyro, those memories rare their inconvenient heads. So far I've not ate lamb in all my twenty-nine years. (Now steak on the other hand...)
In honor of Herriot's birthday, I'd like to give away one of his books, James Herriot's Animal Stories. This is a collection of his work w/beautiful, whimsical illustrations. There's also a Cat Stories and Dog Stories, if you're so inclined more strongly toward one than the other. I once owned Cat Stories but that is a tale for another time(like if you loan out books make sure it's understood that you want them BACK!)
If you're a fan of JH and would like Animal Stories, all you have to do is comment. And if you've not read him yet, then I promise you this'll be a treat! Here's the book, just waiting to find its new home:
Anyone who comments from between 10/3 and 10/4 will be entered to win. Good luck!
Happy Birthday, James Herriot!!!
*Also, b/c I'm feeling lazy(sorry), I'm just going to announce the winner in the comments section.