Snowdon Shepherd - Four Seasons on the Hill Farms of North Wales


Author: Keith Bowen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781848510876

Category: Hill farming

Page: 100

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A new edition of a richly-illustrated volume recording the four seasons of the working year of the shepherds from Snowdonia, north Wales. Includes numerous exquisite pastel and charcoal drawings. Foreword by Jan Morris. First published in 1997.

Traveling Genius

The Writing Life of Jan Morris


Author: Gillian Fenwick

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570037474

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 187

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Traveling Genius surveys the half century of work by British writer Jan Morris, including more than fifty books and thousands of essays and reviews, from 1950s America via Oxford, Venice, Trieste, Sydney, and Hong Kong to her home in Wales. Internationally known as a travel writer, she has also distinguished herself across many other genres by writing history, autobiographies and biographies, and literary fiction and essays. Existing accounts of Morriss work are largely confined to reviews and magazine essays, and often concentrate on James Morriss sex change and transformation into Jan Morris. This is of course significant to the writing, and some critics detect a change of tone and style afterward, but a detailed analysis of how her writing works has not yet been undertaken. Fenwick fills that gap in the scholarship with the first study to explore the depths of Morriss complete body of work.

Rural Life and Rural Church

Theological and Empirical Perspectives


Author: Leslie J. Francis,Mandy Robbins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317545109

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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The essays brought together here present a broad assessment of the serious issues facing rural life and the rural church today. The authors are drawn from the Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and Pentecostal Churches. The essays explore a wide range of biblical, theological, sociological, and historical concerns and topics. Throughout, the book is informed by a spirit of listening - to church-goers, clergy, church leaders, and local communities. Rural Life and Rural Church provides an invaluable resource for clergy and lay Christians involved in rural ministry, initial and continuing ministerial education, and Christian men and women living in the countryside.

The Welsh Girl

A Novel


Author: Peter Ho Davies

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547524900

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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A WWII-era Welsh barmaid begins a secret relationship with a German POW in this “beautiful, ambitious novel” longlisted for the Man Booker Prize (Ann Patchett). Set in the stunning landscape of North Wales just after D-Day, this critically acclaimed debut novel traces the intersection of disparate lives in wartime. When a prisoner-of-war camp is established near her village, seventeen-year-old barmaid Esther Evans finds herself strangely drawn to the camp and its forlorn captives. She is exploring the camp boundary when an astonishing thing occurs: A young German corporal calls out to her from behind the fence. From that moment on, the two begin an unlikely—and perilous—romance. Meanwhile, a German-Jewish interrogator travels to Wales to investigate Britain’s most notorious Nazi prisoner, Rudolf Hess. In this richly drawn and thought-provoking “tour de force,” all will come to question the meaning of love, family, loyalty, and national identity (The New Yorker). “If you loved The English Patient, there’s probably a place in your heart for The Welsh Girl.” —USA Today “Davies’s characters are marvelously nuanced.” —Los Angeles Times “Beautifully conjures a place and its people, in an extraordinary time . . . A rare gem.” —Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs “This first novel by Davies, author of two highly praised short story collections, has been anticipated—and, with its wonderfully drawn characters, it has been worth the wait.” —Booklist, starred review

The Yorkshire Shepherdess


Author: Amanda Owen

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0283071982

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 7505

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.

Forthcoming Books


Author: Rose Arny

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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I Bought a Mountain


Author: Thomas Firbank

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780750514538

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

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This is the true story of Thomas Firbank who, in 1933 purchased a 2400 acre farm in the shadow of Snowdon, consisting of rock, thin soil, high winds and rainfall. He was 21, newly arrived from Canada and with no experience of farming. For the next seven years Thomas and his wife Esme farmed Dyffryn with dedication and energy, succeeding, against the odds, in winning the respect of their farm-servants and neighbors. Having built up to a healthy stock of 3000 sheep, they made improvements to the house and then rented more land...

Hill Farmer


Author: Gareth Wyn Jones

Publisher: Y Lolfa

ISBN: 1784610828

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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Hunangofiant un o ser cynnar y gyfres deledu Fferm Ffactor, Gareth Wyn Jones.

The Shepherd's Life

Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape


Author: James Rebanks

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN: 1250060257

Category: Nature

Page: 304

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"It's bloody marvelous." - Helen Macdonald, New York Times bestselling author of H IS FOR HAWK The Instant #1 International Bestseller 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.

I Bought a Star


Author: Thomas Firbank

Publisher: John Jones Pub

ISBN: 9781871083965

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Now back in print, Thomas Firbank's memoirs about his experiences in the Second World War have achieved a classic status. The book starts in the Basque region of Northern Spain in 1938. Firhank drives his faithful Bentley car back to England. He joins the Guards regiment, with the help of a relative in London, where he buys his regimental badge (featured on the book's cover), hence the book's title, I Bought a Star. The book follows Firbank's exploits through the rigorous army training in Scotland and in North Africa. He is rapidly promoted to the rank of Major, having seen active service in Italy and the Nijmegen sector, a key strategic clashpoint located between the Netherlands and lower Rhine. This first-hand account is told with wry humor and an engaging lack of melodrama.

The Naturalist


Author: Charles Oodrington Pressick Hobkirk,George Taylor Porritt,William Denison Roebuck,William Eagle Clarke,Edgar Ravenswood Waite,Thomas Sheppard,Thomas William Woodhead

Publisher: N.A


Category: Natural history

Page: N.A

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