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Book Review – ‘An Armful of Animals’ by Malcolm D. Welshman ~ @malcolmwelshman

‘An Armful of Animals’ is Malcolm D. Welshman’s memoir.  He self-published it last year and it is available in paperback and as an eBook.  I was sent this book a while ago to review and would like to thank Malcolm for my copy.

I will tell you all in a minute what my thoughts on this book are.  First though, here’s what its about.


Book Blurb

Malcolm D. Welshman has had a lifetime filled with exciting encounters with animals. As a lad in Nigeria, he is attacked by soldier ants and terrified by a snake in his treehouse. His treasured companion, Poucher, an African bush dog, prevents him and his mother from being savaged by baboons.

Once qualified as a vet Malcolm has to attempt life-saving surgery on his beloved parrot. On a road trip across the Sahara, there is a tussle with a lame camel and the operation on an Ostrich gored by an antelope.

Settling back in West Sussex in England, he tackles a cow that’s got stuck in a tree, wily cats and battles with cunning badgers and baby bats.
He shares all these fascinating experiences in this gently humorous memoir that will guarantee to tug at the heart strings while bringing a smile to your face. Anyone who loves animals will be enchanted and enthralled.

‘A witty take on a young vet’s life that pet lovers will find endearing.’ – Bel Mooney, Daily Mail.

‘A joyful read full of animals and fun.’ – Celia Haddon, author and former Daily Telegraph columnist.

‘Bursting with exotic creatures and eccentric characters, this touching memoir makes for a spellbinding read where the author’s love of animals shines through.’ – Jenny Itzcovitz, editor of Sixtyplusurfers.co.uk.


My Review

Having previously reviewed one of Malcolm D. Welshman’s books, I was really looking forward to reading ‘An Armful of Animals’. I must admit I don’t usually read memoirs but as this was a book about animals, I thought I would give it a go and I’m so glad I did.

I found ‘An Armful of Animals’ an absolute joy to read. The author has done a wonderful job of putting this book together. There was just so much packed into each chapter. I loved the style of writing and the humour throughout, though there were some sad moments too of course. It felt as if the author was sitting there in front of me telling me about his life.

I got to meet a large variety of birds and animals including a few pets from Malcolm’s childhood which was nice. It was very interesting to learn what made him decide to become a vet.

It’s very hard to pick my favourites out of the chapters as they were all good, so I won’t. One that really amused me though was about the cows and sheep. That made me chuckle a bit. The way the author described the owners was absolutely hilarious. They should have had name tags on! I also loved the chapter about Polly the African Grey Parrot. She sounded like a right little cracker. One thing though, the author can keep the snakes as I wouldn’t want them anywhere near me.

‘An Armful of Animals’ is a treasure chest of tales from Malcolm’s childhood onwards. If you are a pet or animal lover, then I urge you to read this book. You certainly won’t be disappointed.

I hope to read more about this author’s life sometime in the future. I am sure there are many more stories he could tell.


About Malcolm D. Welshman

Malcolm Welshman is a retired vet and author. He was the My Weekly vet for 15 years and has written many features for magazines such as She, The Lady, The People’s Friend, Cat World, Yours, and newspapers such as The Sunday Times and the Daily Mail. He is the author of three pet novels, the first of which, Pets in a Pickle, reached number two on Kindle’s bestseller list. His third novel, Pets Aplenty, was a finalist for The People’s Book Prize 2015. His latest book, An Armful of Animals – published September 2018 – is a memoir of encounters with creatures as diverse as a cow stuck in a tree and a red-footed booby. Jim Wight, James Herriot’s son, says of it, ‘A most enjoyable insight into a fascinating life.’ While author and columnist on The Daily Mail, Bel Mooney, states, ‘A witty take on a young vet’s life that pet owners will find endearing.’

A fourth pet novel, Pets are a Pleasure, is due to be published this autumn.

Malcolm is also an international speaker on cruise ships, having completed 47 such engagements over the past eight years. He is a bi-monthly contributor to a local community radio, Keep 106 in Dorset.



‘An Armful of Animals’ is available to buy from:-

Amazon UK – http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H1HM7ZB

Amazon US – http://amazon.com/dp/B07H1HM7ZB


Website – http://www.malcolmwelshman.co.uk

Twitter – twitter.com/malcolmwelshman

Facebook – Facebook.com/malcolmwelshman.7


‘The Vets at Hope Green: Part One – Escape to the Country’ by Sheila Norton

‘The Vets at Hope Green’ is being published in four parts as eBooks by Ebury Press. Part One is out tomorrow. I liked the sound of this book and requested a copy to review from NetGalley.

Sam is a receptionist working for a vets practice in London. Life for her is far from ideal at the moment. She always seems to be broke, lives in a tiny rented flat and things with her boyfriend aren’t that great either. The worst part though is her career which seems to be going nowhere. Sam really wishes she could have more contact with the animals and would ideally like to be a vet. Something really needs to change and fast.

When Sam’s parents suggest that she visits her Nana Peggy in Hope Green, she agrees, thinking the break will do her good. But rest and relaxation may not be exactly what Sam gets.

This was such an enjoyable, warm and relaxing read. I really liked Sheila Norton’s style of writing. I loved reading about the animals and Hope Green. It sounded like a lovely little village and the ideal place to go to for a relaxing holiday.

I warmed to Sam instantly. I truly believe that most things happen for a reason and for Sam this was definitely the case. Her going to Hope Green to stay with her Nana was meant to be. I adored Nana Peggy, everyone’s favourite grandmother. She had lived in Hope Green for a very long time and knew just about everyone there. There were a number of other interesting characters too.

I am really looking forward to the next part of ‘The Vets at Hope Green’. I can’t wait to catch up with Sam and see what happens next.

I give this book 4 out of 5.


‘Part One: Escape to the Country’ is available from tomorrow:-


‘Part Two: Follow Your Heart’ is out on the 16th February 2017.  Pre-order here:-


‘Part Three: Too Close to Home’ is out on the 16th March 2017.  Pre-order here:-


‘Part Four: A New Start’ is out on the 13th April 2017.  Pre-order here:-



For those of you who would rather read this story in one go, ‘The Vets at Hope Green’ is being published in paperback and as an eBook on the 1st June 2017.  Here’s the pre-order link:-


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