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James Rebanks
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James Rebanks

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James Rebanks is the Herdwick Shepherd, whose account of shepherding has a strong following on Twitter. His family have farmed in the same area for six hundred years.

Books by James Rebanks

English Pastoral

The moving story of how, in just three generations, an ancient way of life was lost - as witnessed from the fields of a small Lake District farm

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The Shepherd's Life

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.

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On writing life

The Herdwick Shepherd writes surrounded by the beauty of the Lake District. 

James Rebanks Q&A

The English Pastoral author reveals some lessons learned on and from the land.