The Yorkshire Shepherdess
by Amanda Owen
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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A Sunday Times Top 10 bestsellerAmanda Owen has been seen by millions of people on ITV Dales, living a life that has almost disappeared in today’s modern world, a life governed by the rhythm of the seasons and its animals.She is the wife of a farmer and shepherdess, living alongside her husband Clive and seven children at Ravenseat, 2000 acres of hill farm sheep at the head of Swaledale in North Yorkshire.It’s a hard life, but the one she lovesIn The Yorkshire Shepherdess, she describes how Huddersfield’s rebellious daughter, who always wanted to be a shepherdess, made her dreams come true.Full of amusing anecdotes and unforgettable characters, the book takes us from connecting with the inhabitants to the layout of the maternity ward, from the demands of the cattle to the demands of raising a large family in a rural marigotAmanda 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 of the season, and the painful tasks of summer – haymaking and sheepshearing – inspiring us to look at the countryside and those who work there with new appreciation.
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