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Counting Sheep: A Celebration of the Pastoral Heritage of Britain Hardcover – 3 Apr 2014

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (3 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846685044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846685040
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jacobs are yet another breed supposed to have swum ashore from a wrecked ship, this time a Spanish galleon in 1588. These were gentlemen's sheep, and commercial farmers would be disdainful of their being kept as ornaments with no concern for profit. To their gentle owners they were living lawn mowers that bred their own replacements and needed no fuel. But to a working farmer they were (and still are) little better than goats, and a damned nuisance. (From Counting Sheep)

Philip Walling has written a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable account of this shared history... after reading this book you may look at a sheep, or a roast lamb, or a tweed jacket, with the glimmerings of a new appreciation.' (Angus Clarke The Times 2014-04-05)

Delightful ... Counting Sheep deserves its place on the bookshelf of any lover of the countryside. (Horatio Clare Daily Telegraph 2014-04-12)

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Long before we were a nation of shopkeepers, Britain was a nation of sheep. Full of stories, history, trivia and humour, Counting Sheep explores Britain through its most influential animal.

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