The Sheep Stell
Memoirs of a Shepherd
By Janet White
The Sheep Stell is Janet White's beautiful and evocative memoir about her life as a shepherd: a lost classic.
With an introduction by Colin Thubron
As a child in wartime England, Janet White decided that she wanted to live somewhere wild and supremely beautiful, to inhabit and work the landscape. She 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.
Turning her back on convention, Janet's desire to carve out her own pastoral Eden has taken her from the Cheviot Hills to Sussex and Somerset, via the savage beauty of rural New Zealand.
The Sheep Stell tells the tale of a woman before her time; a woman with incredible courage and determination, truly devoted to the land and its creatures. Evocative, unaffected and profound, it is a lost classic.
'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
After seventy lambings, one marriage and a big family, Janet White is now in her eighties and continues to farm in the West Country, aided by a quad bike and her devoted Border Collie, Moss.
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15 Mar 2018
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A hymn to country solitude, lyrical, unpretentious and deeply felt — Colin Thubron
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