Tag Archives: Yorkshire Dales

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: JAMES ALFRED WIGHT, AKA JAMES HERRIOT (1916)


James Alfred Wight, AKA James Herriot (1916)

After working for many years as a veterinary surgeon in rural England, Wight was persuaded by his wife to write down his collection of anecdotes. His humorous, fictionalized reminiscences were published under the pen name James Herriot in If Only They Could Talk (1970) and It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet(1972), issued in the US as the single and massively successful volume All Creatures Great and Small. Why did Wight feel the need to write under a pseudonym? More… Discuss