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The Sheep Stell: Memoirs of a Shepherd

The Sheep Stell: Memoirs of a Shepherd
 

The Sheep Stell is Janet White's beautiful and evocative memoir about her life as a shepherdess: a lost classic.

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ISBN 9781472128614
Barcode 9781472128614
Published 13 March 2018 by Little, Brown Book Group
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By White, Janet
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ISBN-13 9781472128614
ISBN-10 1472128613
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Constable
Publication Date 13 March 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By White, Janet
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
Animal Husbandry
The Countryside, Country Life
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 138mm
Height: 218mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 636.3092
Catalogue Code 894705

Description of this Book

'Every animal needs its own territory and humans are no exception. My plans were clear at an early age. I intended to live somewhere wild and supremely beautiful . . . I imagined searching the whole world for a place, high and remote as a sheep stell, quiet as a monastery, challenging and virginal, untouched and unknown.'Over twenty years ago, well before the current trend for nature writing, Janet White wrote The Sheep Stell, a beautiful and evocative memoir about her life as a shepherdess.Throughout her life Janet has always tended sheep - first as a young woman in the Cheviot Hills, where she was treated with bewilderment by the other shepherds, before leaving Britain to live on an uninhabited island off the coast of New Zealand with a bonfire as her only means of communication with the mainland and only her flock of 200 sheep for company. After a brutal attack by an obsessed young man bent on her destruction, she was forced to leave her beloved island and return to England, where she married, became a smallholder in Sussex and finally bought a hill farm in Somerset where she still lives today. Her memoir tells the tale of a woman before her time, with incredible courage and determination, and wanting only peace and solitude in nature and a life with animals. Underpinning The Sheep Stell is Janet's devotion to the land and her total commitment to combining the principles of conservation with successful farming.Janet White is a trailblazer, both in her life and work. The Sheep Stell is testament to that and homage to the nature we're so rapidly losing touch with. It is a true celebration of the pastoral and pure escapism to a simpler life.'This is a strange and lovely book, and quiet as it is, it makes you gasp at the profoundly lived quality of the life it so modestly describes' Jenny Diski'A hymn to country solitude, lyrical, unpretentious and deeply felt' Colin Thubron

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This is a strange and lovely book, and quiet as it is, it makes you gasp at the profoundly lived quality of the life it so modestly describes * Jenny Diski * A hymn to country solitude, lyrical, unpretentious and deeply felt * Colin Thubron *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

After sixty lambings, one marriage and a big family, Janet White is now in her eighties and continues to farm in the West Country, zooming around the Quantocks on a quad bike.

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