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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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Funny, uplifting and inspiring in equal measure.

I loved this book from start to finish. I didn't know anything about the author, and have never seen her on TV, just bought it on a whim. Amanda is a natural story teller and, and a self-confessed fan of the James Herriot books. They are what inspired her to be a shepherdess. I got exactly the same feeling from this book as I did reading James Herriot's. Her love for Ravenseat farm, where she and her husband and nine children live in the Yorkshire Dales, oozes from every page. Anne Dover does a fantastic job at narrating and I think Amanda was wise to give this task to her. Narrating a book, and bringing the author's words is a specialised skill, and I wish more authors would realise that. The highs and the lows are delivered to us in beautifully entertaining, self contained chapters. I laughed and I cried and I looked forward to each new chapter. What a single minded, strong, funny and hardworking woman. Highly recommend!

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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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Lovely pleasant book Terrible narrator

Enjoyed this due to my own interests in the country life , how ever the narrator was appalling

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The Yorkshire vet

I loved listening to this book in parts it was very funny so parts brought tears to my eye's.

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just great all round

A real insight into hill farming in a remote spot and bring up a family. would that more folk could have the privilege. We can all learn however from their experiences.

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absolutely loved it!

I found this a wonderfully descriptive story, I could see everything Amanda has written about. looking forward to her other books.

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a read that nourishes the soul!

I loved every second. Thank you Amanda and your beautiful family for sharing your adventures with such lovely, descriptive imagery. Can't wait to read the next!

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

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brilliant

If you like the show (my Yorkshire farm) then you'll love this book and the narrator is fab.

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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!