The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District (Hardback)
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The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District (Hardback)

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Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2015

This book is the Sunday Times Number one Bestseller.

From James Rebanks, the Herdwick Shepherd, comes The Shepherd's Life, a story of the Lake District and its people which could redefine the literature of rural 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. 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. These modern dispatches from an ancient landscape tell the story of a deep-rooted attachment to place, describing a way of life that is little noticed and yet has profoundly shaped this landscape. In evocative and lucid prose, James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd's year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost. It is a story of working lives, the people around him, his childhood, his parents and grandparents, a people who exist and endure even as the world changes around them. Many stories are of people working desperately hard to leave a place. This is the story of someone trying desperately hard to stay. James Rebanks is the Herdwick Shepherd, whose account of shepherding has a strong following on Twitter. His family has farmed in the same area for more than six hundred years.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846148545

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“A wonderfully charming but hard life.”

James Rebanks' 'The Shepherd's Life' is a story of Shepherding in the lake district. A way of life that is little changed since the Vikings. Structured by the seasons, demanding, exhilarating,... More

Hardback edition
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24th April 2015
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“Well written and absorbing, but thoroughly misleading and in some ways rather unpleasant.”

I didn't particularly warm to Rebanks, and not merely because he tells us in the opening pages that at his school he and his classmates competed to smash the most expensive piece of equipment they could, or that... More

Paperback edition
8th April 2016
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“A Shepherd's Life”

Honest, passionate, gruff, brutal, generous - full of northern grit and pride and no-frills description of the day-to-day ups and downs (plenty of both) on the family farm in the beautiful, often harsh, Lake District.... More

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