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The Yorkshire Shepherdess

Narrated by: Anne Dover
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Summary

Amanda Owen has been seen by millions on ITV's The Dales, living a life that has almost gone in today's modern world, a life ruled by the seasons and her animals. She is a farmer's wife and shepherdess, living alongside her husband, Clive, and seven children at Ravenseat, a 2,000 acre sheep hill farm at the head of Swaledale in North Yorkshire. It's a challenging life but one she loves.

In The Yorkshire Shepherdess, she describes how the rebellious girl from Huddersfield, who always wanted to be a shepherdess, achieved her dreams. Full of amusing anecdotes and unforgettable characters, the book takes us from fitting in with the locals to fitting in motherhood, from the demands of the livestock to the demands of raising a large family in such a rural backwater.

Amanda also evokes the peace of winter, when they can be cut off by snow without electricity or running water, the happiness of spring and the lambing season, and the backbreaking tasks of summertime - haymaking and sheepshearing - inspiring us all to look at the countryside and those who work there with new appreciation.

©2017 Amanda Owen (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Truly Inspiring

A fantastic listen. I feel the need to become a sheep farmer. Amazing lady and family.

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Thoroughly enjoyed and I'm a city girl!

Highly recommended. I had no insight to farming life but thoroughly enjoyed. Looking forward to next book

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Yorkshire Shepherdess

lovely story of life in the dales, enjoyed the tales of everyday farming and life with the children and animals

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Lovely

This is a lovely book, and I will listen to it again. It transports you to Yorkshire in the same way James Herriot did. It’s very well written and the narration is excellent. I really warmed to the author, and her care for her family - including all the various animals is evident. Quite humorous in places and the book had me chucking throughout listening to it.
I’ve just purchased the 2nd book in the series.
Excellent and would definitely recommended.

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Interesting

I would love to be one of Amanda's children but am unfortunately old enough to be her mum so cannot see her adopting me!

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good book

worth a read. interesting and gives good insight into the area and farming with a big family

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Perfect Escapism

Wonderful stories of farming and family life - the perfect escapism whilst in lockdown in a city.

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absolutely fantastic book.

fabulous listening to story & reader did a rite good job of making you feel part of the whole story. favourite part is Free range children! I think they have the most wonderful life, to run wild & free & be one with each other & nature.

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Incredible woman

loved every word. amazing woman. amazing life!! can't wait for the next book. thank you for sharing.

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Truly Wonderful Story.

I was fortunate enough to meet Amanda, Clive and their lovely little brood, whilst part of a canine search & rescue team in the Ravenseat area a few years ago.

They really are a smashing family and their old fashioned, honest, hard working, respectful principles, are what I feel that is sadly missing in our society today.

I would imagine that their lifestyle is akin to going back to our lovely old country 60 or 70 years ago.
Amanda’s book ‘The Yorkshire Shepherdess’ was a delight to listen to and the narrator Anne Dover did the book proud.
Ravenseat is as Amanda says, a beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales, and I am envious of her lifestyle. Hard graft, fresh air, all weathers, working with animals and a lovely, respectful family too. Good luck to them all, and I genuinely wish them all the very best. A truly wonderful story.

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  • MakerMike
  • 10-07-17

Owen is a great example feminine strength

Amanda Owen shares her experience of becoming a shepherdess from the spark of the dream, through realization of her dream, and continuation in the next generation. Climbing the snowy hills with bales of hay for the sheep and a baby strapped to her back. She is a great example feminine strength. 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 enjoyed this book so much, I couldn't wait to start the sequel.

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  • luvs aussies
  • 30-05-19

I want to go and have cream tea and meet all the animals and the shepherdess herself

This is a very lovely listen! I love and have animals myself and was a big fan of James Herriot books. what a great life!

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  • Deborah J. Cobb
  • 12-08-20

Brilliant I Want to Read More!

I couldn't stop. As a shepherdess myself I could easily relate. Her story is remarkable, she's brave, traditional, brilliant, creative, and a heroine all in one. Her life experience was remarkable. Such determination to follow her passion and have such courage!!!

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  • Maggie's Farm, Inc
  • 10-03-20

Absolutely delightful!

I felt like I was a part of a life I always wanted, living in a remote northern area farming sheep and cows with the man I love, having babies with reckless abandon, roaming the moors with my Border Collie at my side. Amanda you gave me a beautiful fantasy. I have a sheep farm that I love, but you have done it on a grand and fantastic scale and I am totally enthralled with your farming and your family. Please don't stop. I know you are incredibly busy with book tours and television shows but do come home to the farm and write more!