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Helston vet's escapades in print
3:00pm Monday 10th September 2012 in Cornwall
Helston’s very own James Herriot is hoping to emulate some of the vet-turned-author’s success by releasing his second book detailing veterinary escapades in the area.
Former Head and Head vet Noel Stuart is back in print with Man & Beast, a follow up to the successful It’s a Dog’s Life that had to have a second print run.
Noel, who spent 30 years as a vet in Helston, warns readers to “expect the unexpected” as he recounts tales of his years in practice. These include being faced by topless women in the consulting room and becoming bogged down in a dung heap while fleeing for his life.
He can claim to be one of the first vets to treat fish and counts Daisy the eight-foot alligator as among his more nerve-wracking clients.
Noel said: “I never realised initially It’s a Dog’s Life went so well. I’ve been constantly encouraged to produce a sequel. “Perhaps there is a gift in laughing at myself, because many people have stopped me in the street to ask about the next book.”
Alongside his animal antics, Noel has also been lollipop man, school governor, Rotarian and choir member. Man & Beast (ISBN 978-178035-373-9) costs £8.99 and is available to order from book shops or online. Alternatively order directly from the publisher at fast-print.net/bookshop/1102/man-and-beast.