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James Rebanks - The Shepherd's Life (2nd Hand Hardback)

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Synopsis

Subtitled : A Tale of The Lake District.

A Sunday Times Number 1 Bestseller.

"Affectionate, evocative, illuminating. A story of survival - of a flock, a landscape and a disappearing way of life."

Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations.

Their way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand, and has been for hundreds of years.

Their way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand, and has been for hundreds of years. A Viking would understand the work they do: sending the sheep to the fells in the summer and making the hay; the autumn fairs where the flocks are replenished; the gruelling toil of winter when the sheep must be kept alive, and the light-headedness that comes with spring, as the lambs are born and the sheep get ready to return to the fells.

Details
  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
  • Condition : Very Good
  • Category : Non-Fiction - Britain
  • Published : 2015 (Penguin / Allen Lane)
  • ISBN : 9781846148545
  • SKU : B002913
  • PPC : SP500gm
  • RRP : £16.99 (Clipped)
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"The nature publishing sensation of the year . . . Unsentimental yet luminous . . . An antidote to our modern metropolitan cynicism and a deeply moral book." - Melissa Harrison, 'Books of the Year', The Times.

"The Shepherd's Life gives the finger to Wordsworth. James Rebanks seems never happier than when his hand is up a Herdwick sheep's arse, but his book is a superbly written ode to an ancient way of life, and brought back childhood summers in the Lake District when I didn't look hard enough." - Nicholas Hytner, 'Books of the Year', The Guardian.

"This beautifully sure-footed memoir . . . peels back the plastic packaging to reveal the attritional nature of hill farming, with its knife-edge dangers, noise, blood, guts, familial claustrophobia and glorious countryside. It is an unsentimental education that celebrates the real countryside shorn of its lyrical excesses. It is also a triumphant tale of finding one's "alive and necessary" self. A pastoral for the 21st century. - Memoir of the Year, Sunday Times.

One sees the countryside differently after reading it . . . A rare and honest book about the realities of working life in the 21st-century countryside." - Richard Benson, 'Books of the Year', The Independent.

"Evocative and perceptive." - Patrick Barkham, The Guardian 'Books of the Year'.

"This unsentimental account of the ups and downs of life as a Lake District shepherd has been one of the hits of the year . . . An instant rural classic, our age's Lark Rise or Cider with Rosie." - Books of the Year Mail on Sunday.

"Blissful . . . Rebanks writes with loving eloquence about a kind of deep-rooted life that is all but lost in the developed world." - Geraldine Brooks, 'Books of the Year' Wall Street Journal.

The Author

James Rebanks is an English sheep farmer and author, from Matterdale in Cumbria. His first book, The Shepherd's Life, was published in 2015, and he published English Pastoral in 2020.

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