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How to Breed Sheep, Geese and English Eccentrics by [Poore, Valerie]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Length: 290 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From the Author

This book is based on Valerie's experiences as a smallholder herself. The story is complete fiction, but many of the 'events' concerning the animals are true. As is often the case, fact can be one heap of a lot stranger than fiction, so she felt just had to include all the hilarious search and rescue operations her sheep put her through. The setting of the book is somewhere in the wilds of Dorset, England. She has used it simply because it's a part of the country she grew up in and knows well.

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Praise for this book:

"It was a joyful,feel-good read vividly bringing back memories of an England now past." AnneHusar (author of A Cigar in Belgium), NB Wandering Snail, Europe

"Valerie Pooretakes us to the English countryside with her quirky eccentrics and gives us aride full of misadventure, mishaps and mischief. I thoroughly enjoyed thisbook!" Anne-Marie Klein (author of the Behind Blue Eyes series of Rock novels)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1038 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Rivergirl; 1 edition (8 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DX7OVH0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #206,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've said it before - but I'll say it again. To write humour well you have to be damn good. Well Valerie Poore is damn good! I had a smile on my face from the opening page (a rather spectacular solution to a clutch problem) to the last page. Wonderful, likeable characters in outlandish situations with some real laugh out loud moments.
The read also gave me a warm fuzzy sense of nostalgia.
The story is set in the 1970s. When Maisie returns from university with no work lined up she takes on the challenge of making a living from her mother's run down small holding in Dorset. With a vague dream of spinning her own yarn to knit exclusive jumpers she sets off to market in her Renault to buy a goat. And so begins her adventure into the world of farming. As they say - What could possibly go wrong?
Lovely read I recommend to anyone in need of a smile.
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This was a fun book to read. It is well constructed, well written, flows beautifully and the dialogue is real. You can sympathize with the main characters, and identifying and caring for them makes it an even better read. I liked Maise (rather an awful name for a heroine?) even though her aims and wishes were about as far from mine as you could get. Lots of amusing anecdotes, excellent use of English – but then I understand this author lectures in English and it shows. Would not hesitate to recommend.
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When Maisie leaves university she is at a loss for what to do. Her eccentric mother assumes that her daughter will stay and help on the family estate and Maisie surprises herself and everyone else by deciding to raise and breed sheep. With a somewhat romanticised idea of what farming a smallholding involves she rushes headlong into bidding on stock, renovating barns and housing horses for tenants and what follows is one string of catastrophes after another. Humorous and colourful view of country life in the 1970's, filled with quirky and eccentric characters
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An amusing read! I loved it and liked this author's style. I thought this was very original
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A truly good to read, the author knows how to draw the reader into their world and keep them hanging on to every word.
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Wasn't sure about the title of this one , but it did make me laugh. A good read!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this humorous book by writer Valerie Poore. I liked the characters and thought the writing was exceptional.

Everything about this fun read worked for me. The dialog worked well, the situations the characters got into were funny and realistic, and the description of the English countryside transported me there.

This is one of my favorite paragraphs from this book:
“The more I tried to prise old handles, blades and tines apart, the more I felt like an apprentice contortionist. Or perhaps a second Houdini. As soon as I’d got one bit free of another, then another part would get trapped in, under or between something else, and I found myself getting wedged awkwardly between uncooperative chunks of steel and being painfully poked in places I wouldn’t even want to mention.”
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Different from my usual reads, I came across this story and thought it worth a look - and it was.

This is a story about life, about taking chances and running with an idea. Although it is fictional, the authenticity highlights that some of the situations are sparked from truth.

There is a good cast of characters - human and not - and coupled with great descriptions and sense of place, it makes for an entertaining read. The humour, too, fits in well...some funny scenes.

Overall, a good story, and something different.
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