Ok, not really, but it is for James Rebanks. A shepherd living and working in the Lake District of Northern England, Rebanks impulsively started a Twitter account (@herdyshepherd1) and shared his ancient way of life, becoming a 21st century James Herriot.
Now his first book, THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape, is out and the critics are flocking to it (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves!):
“Captivating… A book about continuity and roots and a sense of belonging in an age that’s increasingly about mobility and self-invention. Hugely compelling.”
— Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“I never imagined I’d be absorbed by a book about sheep. But James Rebanks’s unsentimental, sharply detailed memoir about his life as a shepherd in England’s Lake District gripped me from the first page.” — The Wall Street Journal
“It is a gorgeous book, unsentimental but exultant, vivid and profound, and a fierce defense of small-scale farming against the twin threats of agribusiness and tourism.” — National Geographic
“As moving, truthful and at times poetic as anything you’re likely to read… THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE is satisfying on every level.” — The Seattle Times
“It’s bloody marvelous.” — Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk
Plus features and interviews with Rebanks in The New York Times, National Geographic, Audubon, and NPR’s “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” with much more to come!
THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE is available now from Flatiron Books.