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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Rebanks Narrator: Bryan Dick, Bryan Dicks Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781427271518
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"It's bloody marvelous." - Helen Macdonald, New York Times bestselling author of H IS FOR HAWK

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Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, his family have lived and worked in the Lake District of Northern England for generations, further back than recorded history. It's a part of the world known mainly for its romantic descriptions by Wordsworth and the much loved illustrated children's books of Beatrix Potter. But James' world is quite different. His way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand. It hasn't changed for hundreds of years: sending the sheep to the fells in the summer and making the hay; the autumn fairs where the flocks are replenished; the grueling toil of winter when the sheep must be kept alive, and the light-headedness that comes with spring, as the lambs are born and the sheep get ready to return to the hills and valleys.

The Shepherd's Life the story of a deep-rooted attachment to place, modern dispatches from an ancient landscape that describe a way of life that is little noticed and yet has profoundly shaped the landscape over time. In evocative and lucid prose, James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd's year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost. It is a story of working lives, the people around him, his childhood, his parents and grandparents, a people who exist and endure even as the culture - of the Lake District, and of farming - changes around them.

Many memoirs are of people working desperately hard to leave a place. This is the story of someone trying desperately hard to stay.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s bloody marvelous.”

    Helen Macdonald, New York Times bestselling author

  • “James Rebanks’ unsentimental, sharply detailed memoir about his life as a shepherd in England’s Lake District gripped me from the first page.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Rebanks’s family has farmed sheep in the hills of the Lake District, in northwestern England, for some six centuries. The work, detailed lovingly in this memoir, has changed little… Rebanks is concerned with the survival of the landscape, of the life that it has fostered, and of its inhabitants’ view of the world.”

    New Yorker

  • Among longlisted titles for The Telegraph (UK) Best Books of the Year, 2015
  • Among longlisted titles for NYT Outstanding Books of the Year
  • Among longlisted titles for Chapters Indigo Best of the Year, 2015
  • Among longlisted titles for The Guardian (UK) Best Books of the Year, 2015
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About the Author

James Rebanks runs a family-owned farm in the Lake District in northern England. A graduate of Oxford University, James works as an expert adviser to UNESCO on sustainable tourism. The Shepherd’s Life is his first book.

About the Narrator

Bryan Dick is an English actor who has starred in numerous productions, both on stage and on screen, in the United Kingdom and the United States. He has also worked extensively with BBC Radio.