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Austin Donnelly

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Location: County Wicklow Ireland
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Austin is an Irish veterinarian and a newcomer to writing in recent years. He has now published several short stories in his monthly 'Animal Tales' series in the Ireland's Own, and will publish his debut short story collection Whiskers, Feathers & Fur Veterinary Tales on the 14th March 2020. Although, better known for nonfiction humour / memoir, Austin is embarking on some adult fiction writing now too.

Books by Austin Donnelly

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Whiskers, Feathers & Fur: Veterinary Tales

Whiskers, Feathers and Fur: Veterinary Tales
In this compelling and wonderfully descriptive collection, Austin recalls his life experiences as a veterinarian travelling the globe, from his native Ireland to the far reaches of Australia and New Zealand.

While not always glamorous, this collection of stories is achingly honest and utterly captivating. Many of the animals he encounters leave the reader with a sense of familiarity. With many laughs along the way readers delight in accompanying him on his amazing journey. Austin describes situations animals get themselves into, procedures that need to be done, and so much more. There is seldom a typical day in his life. From farm animals to domestic and everything in between, Austin encounters some pretty interesting creatures around the world.

This book captures the real sense of connection between vet and those who rely on his services, all while being acutely aware of the very special bond between animal and owner. The animals rightly take centre stage and their unique personalities shine through in this beautifully written memoir.
The real love, compassion and awareness shown towards all his charges is evident, making this a very touching read. With dashes of nostalgia, a deep appreciation of nature and the great outdoors this collection of poignant, quirky and unpredictable short animal stories will not disappoint.

Whiskers, Feathers and Fur is a must read for lovers of the James Herriot series, whilst also offering some fresh 21st century perspectives.

Reviews ‘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.‘
From Irish author duo Colm Keane and Una O'Hagan.

‘Whiskers, Feathers & Fur will get the reader connected with the land and the cycle of life. I loved the description of the indoor pig who discovers life outside.' Dr Temple Grandin (US author)

Both are Advance reader reviews.





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