Upon reading a guidebook for tourists wishing to walk the hills and mountains of England's Lake District, James Rebanks noticed that "none of our world was in those pages." In this utterly captivating memoir, he sets out to dispel the romantic notion of a poet's or tourist's fair-weather contact with the splendidly rugged landscape of the "fells" of northern England. In his words, "Our relationship with the landscape is about being there through it all. To me the difference is like the distinction between what you felt for a pretty girl you knew in your youth, and the love you feel for your wife after many years of marriage." Rebanks describes in lucid, often profound prose the four seasons of a shepherd's year, conveying to the modern reader the rich traditions of an ancient way of life. You'll develop a deep appreciation for this lifestyle grounded in the values of loyalty, family, hard work, and survival in a landscape that is both beautiful and unforgiving. (KK)
This title is part of our 2016 Life Stories Book a Month package.