James Herriot's books were among the first memoirs I read many years ago. Since then I've read a few more of this type of book, and recently 3 on the trot. Noel Fitzpatrick's book was wonderful and certainly lived up to all expectations.
He relates his family story, and circumstances which made him desire to become a vet. The book starts with his childhood in Ireland. At the age of 10, he's already dealing with lambing. He lives on a farm, it's the norm. Farming was in the family-his father, his father's father, etc. Even at this early age, he's an old hand at this sort of thing. He's been dealing with birthing since about two years previous. Oh my, already my emotions were involved. The first chapter left me breathless.
This was so well written. Lovely anecdotes from his early life, told with warmth and humour. Some of it is very hard circumstances; farm life, the inevitability of things for the cows and sheep. Filled with both happy memories, and hard times. From those hard beginnings in Ireland, how far he has come. He hadn't been a top of the class student-far from it, things didn't come easy for him. But work, work, work he did.
I've only seen Noel Fitzpatrick in brief spats on TV, in between work etc. My mum watches him and has quite a soft spot for him. So I was coming to his book not really knowing much about him. I absolutely loved it! A wonderful read.