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The Wisdom of Sheep & Other Animals

Rosamund Young

Be transported to the wild meadows of Kite’s Nest Farm and peek into the surprising private lives of some of our most familiar of animals. A life-enhancing read from the author of the bestselling gem The Secret Life of Cows.

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‘Elegiac, funny, warm and wise, The Wisdom of Sheep will delight country folk and city dwellers alike.’ KATHERINE MAY

We talk about people behaving like sheep, which assumes that sheep all behave in the same way. That has not been my experience.

Some are affectionate, others prone to head-butting. Some are determinedly self-sufficient, others seek our help when they need it. And some can be trusted to lead the flock home. They are as individual as we are.

Farm animals are familiar to us from childhood stories, but little did we know that their inner lives are full of complexity, deep bonds and family dramas. Rosamund Young has been an organic farmer for over forty years and this is her record of a life at the beck and call of the animals while observing and preserving the abundant wildlife at Kite’s Nest Farm. It is a story of joy, discovery, cooperation and sometimes heartbreak. We learn about sheep growing old disgracefully, the intelligence of supposedly ‘bird-brained’ hens, ‘conversations’ between cows and why you should never send a text whilst milking . . .


Critic Reviews

Rosamund Young has been shovelling muck since she was a child, always carries a penknife and can be found delivering hay in the “stolen hours after midnight” . . . The joy of Young’s writing is in her observations . . . The Wisdom of Sheep is a pastoral. It is a testament to the power of slow observation, and that’s a lesson for us all.

Helen Davies, Sunday Times
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Kite’s Nest in the Cotswolds is a family farm whose definition of family is wide: included are a host of inquisitive and characterful animals . . . The book is a collection of scribbled diary entries, memoir, and poems – Young’s own, as well as others from popular literature. Young’s love of her profession and the creatures who depend on it is unmistakable.

New Statesman
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Made up of short chapters on aspects of farm life, from the sheep and cows to the abundant wildlife, this is a delightful book to dip into . . . One thing is certain: after reading this book, you will look at sheep in a different way.

Daily Mail
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Elegiac, funny, warm and wise, The Wisdom of Sheep will delight country folk and city dwellers alike.

Katherine May, author of ENCHANTMENT
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A wonderful antidote to the hectic pace of modern life . . . there's gentle humour, stoicism and countryside wisdom to be found on every page. Rosamund writes with an easy skill, and the short anecdotal nature of the book can be quite addictive . . . Packed full of delightful conversation.

James Oswald
Critic Reviews

Sheep are good judges of character and they have long memories . . . A meadow is made up of many parts, ‘whose heart you can hear only when you become part of it too’ . . . Never mind the wisdom of
sheep, these are only a few of the many droplets of lore from organic farmer Rosamund Young . . . A series of gentle, sometimes random, musings. Soothing.

Country Life

Rosamund Young is the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Cows, which was named a Times Book of the Year. She farmed alongside her brother Richard until his recent, untimely death and now runs Kite’s Nest Farm with her partner Gareth. Nature is left to itself as much as possible and the animals receive exceptional kindness and consideration. The…

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