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Dear Ann,

Here’s a gem: James Rebanks, aka The Herdy Shepherd, on the Desert Island Discs radio show.

Although it’s only a small consolation for missing @herdyshepherd1 on my Twitter feed (especially at lambing time—sob!), he’s a good talker and it’s good fun.

Rebanks is the author of The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape, which is one of the best books I’ve ever read. He’s a beautiful writer, whether on Twitter or on the printed page. Up top is a video trailer for the book.

If you don’t cry when he talks about his dad, as the kids say: get help.

And his eight musical selections are great, too.



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  • I met James when he did a book signing in our area a few years ago. He is amazing and yes I cried! His writing is beautiful.

    • I’ve never met James, but my Grandfather was a Spaniard Basque and he herded sheep the same way. It’s nice to still see it done the same. I remember the hand shears hanging on the shed wall. Thanks for bringing back my old memories.

  • I loved this book! I’m blessed to have an acquaintance who raises sheep in a small farm two counties away. She and her husband open the farm on Shearing Day which is a little like magic (even if skirting fleeces is the very definition of dirty work)

    • Great book! I bought it on Audible and thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. Highly recommend!!!

  • That looks so peaceful.

  • Thank You! Just the way he touches his sheep brings tears to my eyes

  • James Rebanks is on Instagram. Lots and lots of current lambing photos.

    • Forgot to say he is on @herdyshepherd1. His wife is also on Instagram @theshepherdswife

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