Some people’s lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks’ isn't. He and his family have shepherded in 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. These modern dispatches from an ancient landscape tell the story of a deep-rooted attachment to place, describing a way of life that I little noticed and yet has profoundly shaped history. In evocative and lucid prose, James takes us through a Shepherd’s year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost.
Many stories are of people working desperately hard to leave a place. This is the story of someone trying desperately hard to stay.
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