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Summary

From best-selling author Amanda Owen come more tales of life at Ravenseat, the remote Yorkshire hill farm she shares with husband Clive, eight children and 1,000 sheep.

In A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess she describes the age-old cycles of a farming year and the constant challenges the family faces, from being cut off in winter to tending their flock on some of Yorkshire's highest, bleakest moors - land so inaccessible that in places it can be reached only on foot.

Writing with her trademark warmth and humour, Amanda takes us into her life as nine-year-old Miles gets his first flock, Reuben takes up the flugelhorn and she gives birth to a new baby girl. She is touched by the epic two-day journey of a mother sheep determined to find her lamb and gives a new home to an ageing and neglected horse.

Meanwhile Clive is almost arrested on a midnight stakeout to catch a sheep-worrying dog and becomes the object of affection for a randy young bull.

Funny, poignant and charming, A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess is a must for anyone interested in the countryside and those who farm it.

©2017 Magna Large Print Books (P)2017 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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  • 28-04-17

Sensible advice.

I really enjoyed this book. Well read and interesting. Thanks. A really well designed and organised narrative. Two thousand acres. A real challeng.

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absolutely brilliant

I could not stop listening. it was absolutely brilliant.
I laughed and cryed. very well red

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A year in the life of the Yorkshire shepherdess...

A change in narrator from the previous book by the same author. Whilst I preferred the previous, the diction is clear although some of the accents are a little odd.
The book itself is a wonderful insight into Hill farming life and I would recommend to anyone wanting to be whisked away to the countryside.

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  • 06-04-18

Not my favorite

For those of us in an urban setting this life seems very strange. I thought there would be some entertaining stories or heartfelt tales but none to be had here. Having 8 children by accident is not really what I want to hear from a strong woman in modern times. She says she never planned on having one! Husband seems like a total ass! She is in a dangerous situation on highway and he is yelling at her?!? I would skip this.

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  • 11-09-17

Another year of the saga and not disappointed

Amanda Owen continues the story of her expanding family and her life as a shepherdess. This book shares new stories that provide a rich view of this difficult and rewarding life. In this book you get to know a few more of the local characters in the community as well. She shares the highs and lows she has experienced through her families eyes and moves the reader to laugh and cry along her journey.

Her descriptions transport you to her family farm and stories provide enough background so that even the most citified readers feel at home listening. I have to admit, I can't get enough and would love to see a third book in her series.