Pizzles in Paradise

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
John Hicks is an English trained vet. In a quirky yet literate style this memoir describes his education, courtship and subsequent emigration to New Zealand with Viv, his young wife.
His numerous anecdotes are lively and good-humoured, occasionally poignant and often hilarious.
It will be enjoyed by all those who love animals, have owned a pet, worked on a farm or read James Herriot. More

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About John Hicks

I am a retired veterinarian. My wife and I emigrated to New Zealand in the early 1970s. Apart from a brief stint in a dog and cat practice in Yorkshire, I spent most of my working life in various parts of rural New Zealand enjoying the challenge of mixed practice with sheep, deer, dairy and beef cattle, horses, working dogs and pets.
For my two veterinary memoirs I have drawn as much on my formative years in England as my subsequent experiences in New Zealand. Emigration brings with it a questing interest in origins and roots and this is also a theme in my writing.
I was the 'Vet Talk' columnist for The Southland Times for several years and have contributed articles to scientific journals and various magazines. My columns were usually of a quirky, or satirical nature - in similar style to that I have used in 'Pizzles in Paradise', which was first published by Hazard Press in New Zealand in 2005 and reprinted in 2007.
The new edition of 'Pizzles in Paradise', and its recently completed sequel, 'A Wander in Vetland', were my first ventures in epublishing.
I have always been drawn to literary fiction and 'She Bid Me Take Love Easy' is my first work in this genre. It is a coming-of-age novel that draws heavily on my own experiences of boarding at a strict single-sex English public school and the subsequent shock of release into university life during the “swinging” ’60s: the confusing years when society's attitudes towards sex were being redefined. I have used a parallel true story - an account of a disastrous love affair in the Indian Army in Victorian times - to delve into themes of obsession, love, jealousy and sexual morality.

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Elmo Kirkland, Sr reviewed on Sep. 10, 2012

This is the story of one vet's life. It is beautifully written and entertaining.
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)
David Marshall reviewed on May 30, 2012

I worked with John at the beginning of our veterinary careers in Mid-Canterbury. I was also an import into the Vet Club system from UK vet school but the homesickness eventually pulled me back to UK to spend my career home in Northern Ireland. Much enjoyed John's account of his career, so much of which mirrored my own. Farming characters are the same the world over and over the generations - my father who is now 93 and was a general veterinary practitioner from 1940s to 1970s and has told similar stories to those told by John. If folk enjoyed the tales from "James Herriot" from 30 years ago they will undoubtedly this account. I look forward to reading more of John's veterinary memoirs
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Mike Malcolm reviewed on May 12, 2012

Has a great way with words. Had me laughing all the way through! Can't wait to start A Wander in Vetland
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

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