*** The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks


Never mind the strange subtitle, you want to spend three hours reading The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape, an artful memoir by a sheep farmer from the Lake District in Northern England, who tells about the art of farming in a rough climate, his upbringing, and the lifestyle he wants to pass on to his children. He tells us about sheep auctions, the tricky lambing season, training, and also about his often stormy relationship with his father, as well as his beloved grandfather. There is an interesting subplot about his dismal early schooling career, followed by an unexpected degree at Oxford University. A wonderful book from someone who loves his land.

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