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The Yorkshire Shepherdess [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Owen
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Now a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller.



Amanda Owen has been seen by millions on ITV's The Dales, living a life that has almost gone in today's modern world, a life ruled by the seasons and her animals. She is a farmer's wife and shepherdess, living alongside her husband Clive and seven children at Ravenseat, a 2000 acre sheep hill farm at the head of Swaledale in North Yorkshire. It's 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 summertime - haymaking and sheepshearing - inspiring us all to look at the countryside and those who work there with new appreciation.



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Book Description

A funny, heartwarming and inspiring true story of life as a shepherdess in one of the most remote and beautiful spots in England.

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Amanda has been seen by millions of viewers of ITV's The Dales living and working at Ravenseat, a hill farm of 2,000 acres which she shares with 900 sheep, seven children, four dogs and one husband. Not to mention chickens, pigs, cows, horses, an uncontrollable goat and a vole who has taken up residence in the living room. And she couldn't be happier.

Growing up in industrial Huddersfield, Amanda wanted nothing more than to be a shepherdess. In this delightful memoir she reveals how she achieved her dream. She was a broke but happy contract shepherdess when she fell for, and married, farmer Clive Owen at Ravenseat . . . Soon she was not only trying to fit in with the locals, but was fitting in motherhood too. Along the way, she and Clive have dealt with the tragedy of foot and mouth disease, the joy of breeding a champion tup, and the challenges of raising children in such a remote location. They live a traditional life ruled by the seasons, from the peace of winter, when they are cut off by snow, to spring's busy lambing season and the backbreaking tasks of summertime - haymaking and sheepshearing.

Funny, heart-warming and packed with unforgettable characters - both human and animal - The Yorkshire Shepherdess will inspire you to look at the countryside and those who work there with new appreciation.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 32710 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson; Main Market Ed. edition (10 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HPYMVK6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and Fascinating 25 April 2014
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I couldn't put this down thoroughly enjoying Amanda Owen"s descriptions of life and work on a remote hill farm. She tells how life really is with humour and panache. The book is also an unabashed advert for large families pulling together as they used to, happy without the trappings of the consumer society. Do read and enjoy this book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely book! 24 April 2014
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Utterly absorbing and engaging - beautifully written insight to the real Yorkshire dales and a lovely family. Couldn't put it down!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 4 May 2014
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What an ideal lifestyle (though I am well aware it is not all rose tinted). This book portrays exactly how children should be allowed to develop. If only more of us could take an example from this book, far better child rearing advice than some more disciplinarian advisers! Please write more Amanda.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous. 6 May 2014
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Loved this book. Took me back to my childhood, of which the first 7 years were spent about 10 - 11 miles away from Ravenseat as the crow flies, north easterly. Wonderful descriptions of life as it is rarely lived now - but what way for children to learn! I read it on kindle, and follow Amanda on Twitter - such a pleasure!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book, written from the heart 6 May 2014
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This is a wonderful book, I could not put it down.

Amanda has written from the heart, telling the inspiring story of her life, marriage to Clive and the arrival of there fantasic family.

What an inspiration to us all. I cannot wait for the next book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic and interesting 6 May 2014
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BRILLIANT BOOK great read .wonderful insight to the world of farming and bringing up a family. Hardworking and loyal to each other and to the animals and land.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Briiliant 24 April 2014
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Free range children indeed. What a wonderful childhood, not to mention education. The book kept me interested all the way through. Entertaining, informative & a lesson to the rest of us that there is an amazing world out there in our own countryside beyond the tv & internet.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On top of the world 14 April 2014
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I read this book in 2 days - loved reading about Alison and Clive and their growing family in the wolds of Ravenseat. Alison's story shows both the highs and lows of farming and living in such a remote location.
Having seen Alison and Clive both on the Coast to Coast programme with Julia Bradbury and ITV's The Dales series presented by Ade Edmondson I was interested to read more about their lives and adventures.

Definitely a book for fans of the Yorkshire Dales.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
A good read. Really enjoyed reading this book.
Published 1 day ago by lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing read
Having seen the family on the tv programme "the Dales" I was looking forward to learning more and was not disappointed. Read more
Published 1 day ago by K. black
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
lovely book
Published 4 days ago by Hilary Millar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read true to life book
Published 6 days ago by anthony gourley
5.0 out of 5 stars A REALLY LOVELY TRUE LIFE STORY
Really enjoyed this book. After seeing her in the Dales programme it was great to read how her ultimate dream came true.
Published 7 days ago by Zeeda
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book
A really good read
Published 8 days ago by dissapointed
4.0 out of 5 stars A good country reread
this order was as described i really enjoyed the book
Published 9 days ago by ms k Whitwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this
Loved this honest and down to earth. Refreshing.
Published 19 days ago by frank
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book
I absolutely loved this book and found it hard to put down. It represented for me a form of pure escapism because Amanda Owen lays her completely rural life so vividly before the... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Sally Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Outdoor Lovers
A great read. It did help that I met Amanda and enjoyed her excellent scones when walking the Coast to Coast, but I would recommend it to anyone interested in the outdoors. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Jenny Whalley
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