Michael O'Mara snaps up All Creatures Great & Small tie-in

Michael O'Mara snaps up All Creatures Great & Small tie-in

Michael O’Mara Books has snapped up a tie-in book to the new TV series "All Creatures Great & Small", based on James Herriot’s books about a veterinary practice in the Yorkshire dales. 

The World of All Creatures Great & Small: Welcome to Skeldale House will reveal exclusive behind-the-scenes insight into the making of the Channel 5 show, taking readers through the doors of the famous 1930s practice and revealing the real-life inspiration behind the locals of Darrowby village and their animals.

It features exclusive interviews from the cast and creators, including lead director Brian Percival, lead writer Ben Vanstone and veterinary advisors, animal trainers and actors Samuel West, Anna Madeley, Nicholas Ralph, Callum Woodhouse and Rachel Shenton, among others. 

UK and Commonwealth rights, including e-book and audio, were acquired by Nicki Crossley from Shirley Patton at ITV Studios Global Distribution on behalf of production company Playground.

Crossley, senior commissioning editor at Michael O’Mara Books, said: “At Michael O’Mara, we are all such big fans of James Herriot’s books and it was fantastic to see the reception of the first series. We are very proud to be working with the Playground team to celebrate the show and its incredible heritage.”

The previous BBC adaptation ran for over 12 years, while Herriot's books have not been out of print since they were published over 50 years ago. The remake of the show, and the book, have the blessing of the Herriot estate.

Colin Callender, executive producer and chairman of Playground, said: “I’m thrilled to be working with Michael O’Mara Books to bring the wonderful world of Darrowby to print. Our entire cast and crew worked tirelessly to bring James Herriot’s iconic stories back to the screen for a new generation. We could not be more excited to share with our loyal viewers an in-depth account of what it took to get there.”

The World of All Creatures Great & Small: Welcome to Skeldale House will publish in hardback on 28th October 2021.