We begin with an introduction to the Yorkshire Show in Harrogate, a big agricultural event that’s been ongoing for over 150 years. Mr. Wright mentioned Amanda Owen, The Yorkshire Shepherdess, who attended and was a guest speaker. I’m a fan of her books as well.
What attracted me to the book was the setting and author being a veterinarian in the Dales. Peter Wright was a Vet trainee with Alf Wight and Donald Sinclair (James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon) something I didn’t know until I started reading this book. He also has a television show! The Yorkshire Vet is a program I was unaware of until I read this book and yes, it seems I am living under a rock some days when I discover an old show.
The observations and comparisons to present day and what life was like decades ago was also very interesting to me. Fishing is a pastime our author and his brother enjoyed very much. The observation that many of the today’s youth don’t have that opportunity as they are living in cities and are so used to iPhone, Xboxes and that electronic distractions.
I found the story about finding centuries old coins fascinating. A pair of brothers were digging up a piece of their farmland, leveling it off when they discovered a broken ceramic jug and coins. It’s a great story and fabulous discovery. After these old treasures were dug up they ended up in a museum. This is after a court decision. If I am ever visiting near York’s Castle Museum I will certainly want to view the display of coins and old papers.
Much thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy of this book. Publication date is January 17, 2020. If you enjoy reading about veterinarians, Yorkshire or loved the James Herriot stories you will like this book.
Sharing with Joy for her British Isles Friday event.
4 thoughts on “My Yorkshire Great and Small by Peter Wright”
Sounds very good, and very different than anything I’ve read before. My dad loved to fish and we lived at the lake and could fish off our dock or yard. Kids today don’t know what they’re missing if they’ve never been fishing. My husband loved to fish too and we went often, mostly in a boat. It’s funny, but my 2 boys don’t go anymore, but my daughter loves to go.
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There is too much focus on the phones these days for kids to get out and have a good time. In my opinion 🙂 That’s great that your daughter still love to go fishing. Living on a lake would be so nice.
This does sound like a great modern take on the James Herriot books — my mother adored those!
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I surely loved the Herriott series too. We named our son after Tristan!