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  • Published: 7 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9780857527066
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $35.00

The Sheep's Tale

The story of our most misunderstood farmyard animal



A warm and personal biography of the sheep by one of our most celebrated nature writers.

Everybody thinks they know everything about sheep, because there is nothing to know. They are stupid, noisy, cowardly ('lambs to the slaughter'), and they're 'sheepwrecking' the environment.
Or maybe not. Contrary to popular prejudice, sheep are among the smartest animals in the barnyard, fiercely loyal, forming long and lasting friendships. Sheep, farmed properly, are boons to biodiversity. They also happen to taste good, and put clothes on our back - in fact, John Lewis-Stempel's family supplied the wool for Queen Elizabeth's 'hose'.
Observing the traditional shepherd's calendar, The Sheep's Tale is a loving biography of ewes, lambs and rams through the seasons. Lewis-Stempel tends to his flock with deep-rooted wisdom, ethical consideration, affection, and humour. It is a tribute to all the sheep he has reared and sheared - from gregarious Action Ram to sweet Maid Marion. In his inimitable style, he shares the moments that only a shepherd can tell.

  • Published: 7 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9780857527066
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

John Lewis-Stempel

John Lewis-Stempel is a writer and farmer. His books include the Sunday Times bestsellers TheRunning Hare and The Wood. He is the only person to have won the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing twice, with Meadowland and Where Poppies Blow. In 2016 he was Magazine Columnist of the Year for his column in Country Life. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife and two children.

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