The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District
Some people’s lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks’ isn’t. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations. Their way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand, and has been for hundreds of years.
A Viking would understand the work they do. Sending the sheep to the fells in the summer and making the hay. The autumn fairs where the flocks are replenished and stocked. The gruelling toil of winter when the sheep must be kept alive The light-headedness that comes with spring, as the lambs are born and the sheep get ready to return to the fells.
About the Author
James Rebanks is an English sheep farmer and author, from Matterdale in Cumbria. His first book was The Shepherd’s Life, published by Allen Lane in 2015, and he published English Pastoral in 2020.
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