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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755364244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755364244
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.9 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You'd have to have a heart of stone not to be touched by Kate's enthusiasm for her new way of life (Daily Mail)

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The first solo book from one of Britain's best loved TV presenters.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of the Springwatch and Autumnwatch wildlife programmes, and since Kate Humble has not presented the last few series, I don't think that I will be on my own in saying that she has been missed.
Back in 2007, Kate and her husband, Ludo, left London and bought a house and a few acres of land in Monmouthshire. The early part of this book charts Kate's move to her new home and her experiences of being a smallholder. It then moves on to Kate's filming of the Lambing Live programme and how that inspired them to buy another farm and set up Humble By Nature, a rural skills and animal husbandry school.
I knew that I would enjoy this book and anyone that likes reading about animals, farming and the countryside will also enjoy it. It's also informative for anyone interested in farm animals, being a smallholder or setting up a similar business. I enjoyed reading about the challenges of setting up Humble by Nature, the various people involved and all the animals.
The book is written in a straightforward and down-to-earth style and Kate's warm, friendly personality shines through. The colour photographs complete the story.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Keith Douglas on 28 April 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. Kate Humble has a very readable writing style, and her account of how she moved from London to South Wales, first to buy a smallholding, but then to buy a farm, makes compelling reading.
I found myself admiring both her and her husband Ludo Graham immensely, as they overcame a daunting number of hurdles to realize their dream of owning a farm, and creating something very special.
Red tape and inertia of the local Council, by no means the complete support of their neighbours and local community, and even bolshy Architects, were some of the many problems that would have made most people give up, and just go back to enjoying their fulfilling careers and life.
But Kate Humble has proven herself to be so much more than the average television celebrity. She has put her money where her mouth is, and (with the considerable support and help of her husband) created something of lasting value, to farming and conservation alike.
`Humble by nature', the business they have created, teaches people to reconnect to the land, by running courses for adults and children, teaching them farming, rural crafts, sustainability and conservation.
This is an inspiring read, and Kate and Ludo's efforts should be greatly applauded by all who care about the future of farming and the countryside. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Boy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Sep 2013
Format: Hardcover
I will admit that I wasn't a fan of Kate Humble in Springwatch. Cheerful and enthusiastic; weren't wildlife presenters meant to be ernest and unsmiling? I didn't change that view until Wild Shepherdess when her naturalness shone through, a quality that is evident in this book. Who would have thought that in her younger years she had lived in a squat and, didn't see University as part of a career path?

It starts like a scenario from Location, Location, Location. A London couple want to move to the countryside and raise chickens, but hold on. This is more than a celebrity with Hunter 'wellies playing the farmer. Anyone who has dealt with a local Council will empathise with her frustration that led to writing e-mails to planning officers in the early hours. Then there's literally getting her hands dirty and learning the many skills required of a smallholder.

This is a good read, full of passion and warmth. We need more people like Kate Humble to keep our countryside alive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Strachan on 17 May 2013
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I bought this book hoping to keep it to read on my holiday, but there is still two weeks before I go and I have finished it already! It is so well written and I wanted it to go on and on, but I guess I will have to wait for the next one, so I am hoping Kate is scribbling away and keeping up with what is happening in Monmouthshire! Rather than making me want to keep animals, which is what I thought would happen, it made me realise how difficult it is. Even keeping bees, which I thought looked easy, is clearly not. Everyone who has a dream of smallholding should read this book and enrol on one of Kate's courses before they do, to make sure they know what it entails.
Keep scribbling Kate - I am waiting for the next book!
Jane
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By E. Morris on 3 Aug 2014
Format: Paperback
I was expecting to find this book interesting and probably dip into it as bed time reading over a few nights. What an unexpected treat this book was! I actually couldn't put it down and read it into the wee small hours on a Saturday night! Reading this book is how you might imagine having a chat with Kate Humble would be! Warm, honest and entertaining! I do not have a TV and only vaguely remember her from the days of Animal Park so I bought this book on the merits of its subject matter alone and not her celebrity status! I was not disappointed and cannot recommend it enough. I hope she writes another!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 30 May 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Kate Humble did a talk at our local bookshop in Bath the other day to explain the background to this book. She is a brilliantly funny and natural speaker, and made the evening enjoyable. The book is written in a similar fashion, and she has done an excellent job of drawing attention to the rural community and it's life - and some of the problems it faces - but in a remarkably entertaining and readable way. I would absolutely recommend this book as a good read!
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