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The Yorkshire Shepherdess [Hardcover]

Amanda Owen
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Book Description

10 April 2014

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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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson (10 April 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0283071966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283071966
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

Amanda Owen grew up in Huddersfield but was inspired by the James Herriot books, amongst others, to work in farming. After learning her craft as a freelance shepherdess, cow milker and alpaca shearer, she settled down as a farmer's wife with her own flock of sheep at Ravenseat. Happily married and with seven children (so far), she wouldn't change a thing about her hectic but rewarding life.

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9 of 9 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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11 of 11 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Briiliant 24 April 2014
By Sue
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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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5 of 5 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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On top of the world 14 April 2014
By RENotts
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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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story of life on a remote hill farm in Swaledale
Loved this book from start to finish. I first met Amanda in 2009 whilst completing the Coast to Coast route. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Virginia Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
wonderful insight into the life of a very unique dales family. I truly envy them. Farming is such hard work but a glorious way of life, especially for the children.
Published 1 day ago by Joanne
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read, who would think so much drama could ...
A brilliant read, who would think so much drama could happen on a hill sheep farm. Certainly a boom that is well written and easy to read and engage with.
Published 6 days ago by Mr C J Betson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved reading this book
Loved reading this book. Lovely insight into country life in the most beautiful of Counties. Also admire Amanda and Clive's parenting skills. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
What a super read. What an amazing life they have, but a hard and happy one.good luck to them all
Published 8 days ago by Dorothy C.
5.0 out of 5 stars a really lovely read
Fantastic book. Very good story. Witty. Factual and really enjoyable. Didn't want it to end. Makes you wish you were part of their life
Published 10 days ago by B. J. Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational amazing read
I could not put this book down the whole book inspired me how she does it all is beyond me she never stops!
Published 11 days ago by sara
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
Not for everyone, I loved it because I love Yorkshire.
Published 11 days ago by S. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars The love of nature
Very honest and open, an enjoyable read a true Yorkshire woman who loves her animals and family with open heart.
Published 12 days ago by sybil burton
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Book
I have been waiting to read this book and it didn't disappoint! I loved this family on ' the Dales' programme and I loved Amanda's book too!
Published 12 days ago by Nigel Clarke
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