A book that is as difficult to categorise as it is easy to read for it's fiction but inspired by the author's (a vet) life. It's also as enchanting as it is funny, and a wonderful page-turner that will delight any animal fan. For all those who remember and loved All Creatures Great and Small you'll be in seventh heaven when reading this and don't just take our word for it. James Herriot's son thinks it's great too! Drawing on his own experiences of working as a vet, the author brings to life a wealth of colourful characters - including the formidable practice receptionist, Beryl, with her one steely eye - and an ark's worth of marvellous animals. This is a book that will be loved by all the family whether they're 11 or 111 so it's the perfect treat on holiday for it can be passed around and loved by all.
Here's a taster from the Foreword by Jim Wight, son of James Herriot and author of The Real James Herriot:
James Herriot became, through his writing, the most famous veterinarian in the world. Two things, to me, stand out as integral to his worldwide success as an author: his books are not just about vets treating animals, they are about people, and he writes about others, not just himself.
Malcolm Welshman's book, Pets in a Pickle, is, too, not just a collection of animals stories. The author paints a vivid picture of many fascinating characters - human and animal - resulting in a most enjoyable and amusing read. The veterinary profession is one enriched by the most interesting and challenging situations, wherein the veterinary surgeon is confronted by a variety of unforgettable characters. MalcolmWelshman's experiences as a young veterinary surgeon, recounted in a most readable way, illustrate this very well. It is often said that vets have little interest in books or TV programmes about other members of their profession. It is regarded as 'old hat', revealing nothing new. I did not find this to be the case with this book. The author describes his early life in practice in a most entertaining way. The book is extremely easy to read and the text gives the reader a most enjoyable insight into the unpredictable but fascinating life of the veterinary surgeon. I wish this book every success.
When Paul Mitchell arrives for his first day's work at Prospect House Veterinary Hospital, he never expects this...Oh his very first day, he is bitten by a feisty hamster...but this is a mere prelude to a cavalcade of hilarious - and often painful - encounters with fish, flesh and fowl. From stalking a feral cat to rescuing a cow stuck in a gravel pit, life is never short of animal adventures for the newly qualified vet. On top of treating all manner of creatures at the practice, Paul and his girlfriend Lucy, also nurse a host of waifs and strays back to health at their home. Besides six budgerigars, two love birds, a hoard of guinea pigs and three tabby cats, their menagerie includes Gertie the Goose, whose talent for house security saves her from the Christmas Day table, and Nelson, their lovable - and stone deaf - Jack Russell.
'...it's fun and should bring a smile to your face.' - Sir Terry Wogan
'If you enjoyed James Herriot you will enjoy Malcolm Welshman's rollicking story of eccentric animals and even more eccentric humans.' - Celia Haddon, Daily Telegraph
Publication date: 03/05/2011
Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd an imprint of Blake Publishing
|Publication date:||3rd May 2011|
|Publisher:||John Blake Publishing Ltd an imprint of Blake Publishing|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Domestic animals & pets, Humour collections & anthologies,|
Malcolm Welshman is a retired vet who has worked at London Zoo, in a small animal hospital and as a consultant dealing in exotics. He has written over 200 features for national magazines including The Lady, She, Yours, Cat World and Parrot Magazine. He was the My Weekly vet for fifteen years. He is a BBC Radio panellist and a guest speaker worldwide on cruise ships.More About Malcolm Welshman