In his utterly captivating (and hugely popular) memoir The Shepherd's Life
, James Rebanks, a shepherd in England's Lake District, 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. In his follow-up book, The Shepherd's View
, Rebanks pairs more than eighty color photographs of the "most beautiful place on earth"
(the rugged fells of northern England) with poetic musings on place and amusing anecdotes about daily shepherding life. Perusing chapters such as "How to Speak Sheepdog," "Wild Kids," and "Don't Mention the Dead Sheep," 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)