James Alfred Wight, better-known by his pen name James Herriot, was a British veterinary surgeon and writer. Born in Sunderland, Wight graduated from Glasgow Veterinary College in 1939, returning to England to become a veterinarian in Yorkshire, where he practised for almost fifty years. He is best known for writing a series of eight books set in the 1930s–1950s Yorkshire Dales about animals and their owners, which began with If Only They Could Talk, first published in 1970.
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