My debut book Whiskers, Feathers & Fur: Veterinary Tales will be released on 14th March 2020. There is a Launch party at Kavanagh’s Pub Roundwood county Wicklow, with a cheese and wine reception and a get together. Everyone is cordially invited!
Here is the blurb
Around the globe, from Ireland, the UK and onto Australia and New Zealand, the author, Irish veterinarian and animal lover, Austin Donnelly, takes us with him on an amazing journey full of encounters with all sorts of animals. From a Galway postman that raises a nest of robins in his mail van, to a naughty adolescent alpaca in Tasmania causing all kinds of mischief, the stories are full of surprises and there are lots of laughs along the way. This is a perfect gift for anyone who understands that animals are people too, and appreciates the special bond between animals and their dedicated owners.
Available to order through all good book stores internationally from 14/03/20
Also available to pre-order online (Ebook) now
Amazon Australia https://amzn.to/2vb6Ax0
Amazon Ireland / UK https://amzn.to/38qgWr4
Amazon US https://amzn.to/30Iza4v
Signed copies are available for purchase (delivered anywhere internationally) at the side of this page.
Some advance reader reviews
Irish best-selling author duo Colm Keane & Una O’Hagan
‘Really loved this book; it’s a terrific read, full of warm stories, great characters, both human and of the furry kind. Sometimes sad, frequently hilarious, clearly written by someone who knows, loves and understands animals of all shapes and sizes.’
Dr Temple Grandin, Author (US) of Animals in Translation and Animals Make us Human
“Whiskers, Feathers, and Fur will get the reader connected to the land and the cycle of life. I loved the description of the indoor pig who discovers life outside. At first she was cautious and soon her animal instincts became unleashed, when she foraged and wallowed in the mud.”
Orla McAlinden, Multi award winning Author of The accidental Wife
“A warm and well-written vets-eye-view of the world. I thoroughly enjoyed these tales by Austin Donnelly. The full gamut of the veterinary life is displayed for us, the good, the bad and the down-right ugly. Donnelly does not shy from the gore, the joy, the sorrow, the fear and the exhilaration which make up the veterinary life. As a fellow vet, often appalled at the lack of basic understanding of nature, and agriculture, I think these warts-and-all stories are timely and necessary. I particularly welcome the inclusion of one or two stories which display the toll which the veterinary life can take upon one’s mental health and family life, nestled among the humour and heart-warming tales. You will never look at your vet in the same way again.
This genuine laugh out loud memoir of Austin’s veterinary exploits had me from the first tale of him pulling a calf, possibly as I grew up on a farm, but I found it relatable and hard to put down. His Irish humour was entertaining and refreshing. Definitely worth a read if you like a laugh (especially for all you farmers)