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The Secret Life of Cows

Rosamund Young

This farmer’s observations of her herd is a rediscovered gem and a Sunday Times bestseller. ‘Delightful . . . it alters the way one looks at the world.’ – Alan Bennett

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****A Sunday Times bestseller***
***A Times Book of the Year 2017***


‘A lovely, thoughtful little book about the intelligence of cows.’ James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd’s Life

Cows are as varied as people. They can be highly intelligent or slow to understand, vain, considerate, proud, shy or inventive.

Although much of a cow’s day is spent eating, they always find time for extra-curricular activities such as babysitting, playing hide and seek, blackberry-picking or fighting a tree.

This is an affectionate record of a hitherto secret world.

Critic Reviews

Wonderful book. Full of rare insights. Delighted it's being republished (beautiful cover too!).

Sheila Dillon, Presenter of BBC Radio 4's Food Programme
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One of the most charming and touching books I have ever read... Hilarious and intensely moving by turns.

Jilly Cooper
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Within a day of receiving this book, I had consumed it. It is engrossing and informative, full of charming stories as it makes the case for regarding animals as differentiated individuals ... An absorbing, moving, and compulsively readable addition to one's shelf of enlightened animal literature.

Lydia Davis
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A small classic ... gently humorous ... Cows really are diverse characters with eventful inner lives ... Drawing on decades of experience, Young has a serious message concerning non-intensive, compassionate farming.

Financial Times
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A tiny, extraordinary book about cows and how they live; they have family groups and they certainly have friends. Now I feel I understand cows and when I see them in the fields I feel like saying 'hello' to them!

Clare Balding
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Illuminating ... Her small, but perfectly formed, volume weaves entertaining anecdotes and profound insights harvested from a lifetime of caring for cows ... A charming manifesto.

Sunday Telegraph

Rosamund Young runs Kite’s Nest Farm with her brother Richard and her partner Gareth; on the farm nature is left to itself as much as possible and the animals receive exceptional kindness and consideration. Kite’s Nest Farm produces beef and lamb from 100% grass-fed animals which are butchered and sold in the farm shop. Young is the author of The…

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