The Yorkshire Shepherdess is now a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller Amanda Owen has been seen by millions on ITVs The Dales, living a life that has almost gone in todays modern world, a life ruled by the seasons and her animals She is a farmers 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 Its 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 summertimehay making and sheep shearinginspiring us all to look at the countryside and those who work there with new appreciation....
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The Yorkshire Shepherdess Reviews
I hadn't heard of Amanda Owen, being here in the States, but anything with the word "Yorkshire" in it gets my vote! It was a delight to read all the names of places we've been -- Gunnerside, Reeth, Low Row, Muker, Tan Hill -- and hope to be again. Yup, we're those "Dales tourists" that Ms. Owen prepares cream teas for at her remote farm of Ravenseat.
Ms Owen wrote in her book that she was led to the life of a shepherdess by reading James Herriot's reminiscences of being a Yorkshire vet. As challenging as Dr Herriot's career was, Ms Owen's is more so - farming with her husband in an isolated part of North Yorkshire, living in an ancient farmhouse where the pipes freeze and the electricity gives out in the long, dark winters, and raising (now nine!) children - and yet, apparently, doing all of this with a cheerful but pragmatic attitude. I found Ms Owen's frankness refreshing, regarding how she politely rejected a conventional suburban life (and possible career as a model) for mucking out, barely scraping by, learning challenging farming and shepherding tasks, and finding fulfilment in this ancient way of life. Her children may not have multiple sets of clothes, the latest electronic games, and familiarity with the cinema, but they have two great, hard-working, decent parents as role models and are learning virtues, thrift, and work ethics that popular culture has, alas, rejected as old-fashioned.
Book came in expected time. it's a wonderful, down- to -earth autobiography of events in the life of the author, who was born in the city in England but loved the farm country in the North, and animals... her dream. She married a sheep farmer so this book is the story of her daily life experiences, problems, rewards, and personalities of the author and those around her, clearly portrayed, in the context of her love of the country, the sheep, her family and farm life. Very interesting and entertaining! Highly recommended. hAted to see it end!
Interesting read by a woman who, of necessity has become both a shepherd and a writer. Mother of many, nine at last count, she works very hard to support a growing family, though shepherding, writing, and hosting teas for highland walker. Makes you want to schedule a walking trip! Makes you wish for a cottage nearby. Makes you wish you were younger and could put this on a wish list.
Amanda has a fun way of writing and conveys the business, larky sort of life she has with her husband raising a big brood of kids and big flock of sheep, running a tearoom for tourists way out in the countryside in the UK....it's just all a bit of crazy rolled into a fun read. Lots of dry humor and fun anecdotes had me laughing out loud a few times. I live on a sheep farm so I enjoy farm stories and this read was interesting because I got a glimpse of some of the similarities and differences of sheep farming in the UK versus how some of us do it in the US.
I follow Amanda Owen on Twitter and her life as a shepherdess in Yorkshire is beautiful, hard, fascinating and her bit of the dales is amazingly gorgeous. She has 7 beautiful children who work with her on the farm (when not in school) and help care for the sheep and lambs. I am not a writer, so it's difficult to convey the beauty that surrounds her farm,and the apparent joy with which she lives her life. Highly recommend to anyone interested in a glimpse of life on a sheep farm in the Yorkshire Dales, Do follow her on twitter...her photos are breathtaking. @amandaowen8
As I read this lovely memoir of life on a Swaledale hill farm, it dawned on me that the Owen family seems a lot happier in what some might consider its "old-fashioned" way of life than do many folks immersed in a more "modern" lifestyle. There are many lessons to be learned from the life of the author and her family.
If you grew up reading the classic James Herriot books ( and or the wonderful BBC TV series )