The Shepherd’s Life : A Tale of the Lake District
by James Rebanks
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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The SUNDAY TIMES, THE NUMBER A best-seller’ Affectionate, evocative, enlightening.A story of the survival of a herd, a landscape and the disappearance of a way of lifeI love this book “Nigel Slater’ Triumphant, A Pastoral Care for the 21st Century” Helen Davies, The Sunday Times, The Books of the Year “by The Nature of Publishing the Sensation of the Year, Sentimental but Bright’ Melissa Harrison, The Time, The Books of the YearSome The life of men is entirely of their own creations.James Rebanks’ is not.The first son of a pastor, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family lived and worked in and around the Lake District area for generations.Their way of life is controlled by the seasons and the work it requires, and has been for hundreds of years.A Viking would be to understand the work they do: sending the sheep to nature in summer and making hay; the autumn fairs where herds are reconstituted; the exhausting work of winter, when the sheep must be kept alive, and the headlight that comes with spring, when the lambs are born and the sheep prepare to return to nature.
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