{Prime} The Shepherd's Life: A People's History of the Lake District Author James Rebanks – Andy-palmer.co.uk

The Shepherd's Life: A People's History 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 The Gruelling Toil Of Winter When The Sheep Must Be Kept Alive, And The Light Headedness That Comes With Spring, As The Lambs Are Born And The Sheep Get Ready To Return To The Fells


10 thoughts on “The Shepherd's Life: A People's History of the Lake District

  1. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    The book started off badly for me Apart from too much Wordsworth I suffered through him in school, it was the author s attitude, that of an inverted snob It seemed he had never got over his schooling where he was not academic and had no desire to travel anywhere and no ambition to do anything but what his father and grandfather had done before him The teachers, a


  2. Diane Diane says:

    It was kismet that I found this marvelous book Back in the spring I saw a positive review of The Shepherd s Life in one of the library journals that I read for work, and since I knew I was traveling to England in a few months, and that I wanted to read English books on the trip, I ordered a copy I already had a few English novels I wanted to take with me, and thought i


  3. Rod Rod says:

    There are two problems with this book The first is, that despite Rebanks acknowledgment of his editor s sterling work, the editing is frankly quite horrendous We get almost verbatim the same paragraph about eleven pages apart on pages 51 and 62 , and there are numerous other instances of repetition throughout The first page of the book was so poorly written that I almost gav


  4. Andrew Andrew says:

    There s a field of history condescendingly labelled peasant studies Now, normally these peasants are long, long dead so we live with the awkwardness But James Rebanks is no dead peasant And he s rightly proud of his place and work in this world So let s us urban readers figure out how to enjoy his book for what it is, instead of turning it into a voyeuristic look into the life of


  5. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    I dithered back and forth between a rating of four or five stars While listening I marveled over the author s beautiful prose ability to make the daily seasonal chores of sheep farming comprehensible and meaningful ability to movingly interweave a biography of himself and his family with a clear and captivating account of sheep farming in the fells of northwestern England s Lake Distric


  6. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Nearly 3.5 My husband valued thisas a memoir than as a cultural document the opposite was true for me As a memoir it s fairly unexceptional, but it s valuable as a picture of a rare and dwindling way of life in the British countryside.Some favorite lines My grandfather is, quite simply, one of the great forgotten silent majority of people who lived, worked, loved and died without leaving much


  7. Joanne Joanne says:

    Initially I was intrigued by this book and was really interested in reading about this way of life However, as the book progressed I became increasingly annoyed by the author s voice It is very much I am the farmer and therefore custodian of this land and anyone who is a tourist or visitor to the area has no idea and implicitly no right to any part of the land He has become the elitist type of pers


  8. Fiona Fiona says:

    For me, this book saved itself in the last 30 pages or so when we were taken through the trials and tribulations of the lambing season There is no doubt that James Rebanks loves his life and his life s work but he must have very broad shoulders to carry all the chips we hear about early on in the book against his schooling, against tourists, against offcomers second homers or others making their homes in


  9. Brandon Forsyth Brandon Forsyth says:

    Absolutely lovely I savoured this book, while simultaneously devouring it in every spare moment I had Rebanks writes beautifully, whether he s describing his love for his family and his farm, or detailing his frustrations with the English school system and his occasionally rocky relationship with his father THE SHEPHERD S LIFE is an eloquent defense of a vocation and lifestyle that has been increasingly margin


  10. Paul Paul says:

    When people think of the Lake District the first thing that comes to mind is the landscape the majestic fells, the lakes and tarns nestled among the peaks and valleys and the harsh beauty of our National Park It is a place that has inspired writers and artists for hundreds of years, and has 16 million visitors every year However, for a number of people they are completely dependent on this landscape to make their li


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