From bestselling author Amanda Owen come more tales of life at Ravenseat, the remote Yorkshire hill farm she shares with husband Clive, eight children and 900 sheep.
In A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess she describes the age-old cycles of a farming year and the constant challenges the family faces, from being cut off in winter to tending their flock on some of Yorkshire’s highest, bleakest moors - land so inaccessible that in places it can only be reached on foot.
Writing with her trademark warmth and humour, Amanda takes us into her life as nine-year-old Miles gets his first flock, Reuben takes up the flugelhorn and she gives birth to a new baby girl. She is touched by the epic two-day journey of a mother sheep determined to find her lamb and gives a new home to an ageing and neglected horse. Meanwhile Clive is almost arrested on a midnight stakeout to catch a sheep-rustling dog and becomes the object of affection for a randy young bull. Funny, poignant and charming, this book is a must for anyone interested in the countryside and those who farm it.
A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen is available from Bookmark in Spalding with a £2 discount on the RRP of £7.99, plus a further 20% off with the voucher in this week’s Spalding Guardian (on sale Jan 26).