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The Yorkshire Shepherdess

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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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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 heartwarming story

Lovely tale of a farming family in the Yorkshire dales. Definitely recommend a read and a visit to Ravenseat if you are in the area

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  • jk
  • 30-07-19

Wonderful !

What a beautiful book!
Really enjoyed it and the narrator is perfect.
I have the next book by Amanda Owen in my library!

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Made me feel like I’d wandered around checking the sheep with a friend!

I’m a farmer too. I first came across Amanda on the TV and then Twitter, so wanted to read her book. Although we’ve a very different type of farm, I find so many similarities with how my children have been reared. Mine are certainly free range too!
I love how this book is written. The stories are interesting and poignant. The recollections of 2001 and the foot and mouth tragedy brought back many memories. Not just because I also was pregnant with my first child while the disease rampaged through the country.

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Interesting but narcissistic

Very interesting but the writings not great and there’s too much ‘me me me’ for my liking; she’s certainly confident and not afraid to tell the world how great she is.

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Excellent Book

This reminded of my own childhood on a small hill farm in Northern Ireland between 60 and 70 years ago.

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The Yorkshire shepherdess

A wonderful book. Always danced myself as a farmer but after reading a true life book its harder than you think. Keep it up girl. Your amazing.

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Brilliant book Amanda's front cover makes life as a Sheperdess look very sexy

A brave city lass takes on the insecure job as a teenager out in the moor learning the hard job of the life of a Sheperd and all round farm. ppl hand learning the. many difficult jobs not just as a Sheperd but cow hand, milking Lambing season and all its sleepless nights.
All while bringing up a large family with her older husband.
Proving that carrying a baby in a modified baby carrier even in mid winter, just like 3rd world mother's do, develops close bonds with all her children.
Come on Amanda there's got to be a book 3 & 4 as the children become teenagers then book 4 as they become adults.

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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!