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A Shepherd’s Life
by W.H. Hudson

W.H. Hudson’s masterful book, merging fiction, reminiscence, memoir and oral history, was recognised as a classic when it was first published in 1910. It remains so today.

Author: W.H. Hudson,

Introduction:  Adam Thorpe

Published: October 2010

£12 Paperback, with flaps

 

£12.00

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‘Hudson belongs as much to the air as to the earth’
Adam Thorpe

Through the story of one man, Caleb Bawcombe, a shepherd whose flocks graze the Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset borders, we meet men and women of humble birth, poachers, gypsies, farmers and labourers striving to survive on the land. As we read, the cumulative affect of their stories becomes much more than a record of rural life. It reads like a lost hymn, sung by people whose lives were disregarded and whose histories are now forgotten.

W.H. Hudson’s masterful book, merging fiction, reminiscence, memoir and oral history, was recognised as a classic when it was first published in 1910. It remains so today. Our new edition includes the superb illustrations of Howard Phipps.

W.H. HUDSON

Introduced by Adam Thorpe
Cover illustration by Kate Lynch

216 x 156mm sewn paperback with flaps
256 pages with 14 engravings by Howard Phipps
ISBN 978 0 9562545 7 3

Additional information

Weight350 g
Dimensions14 x 156 x 216 mm

Reviews

  1. Colin Elford, author of A Year in the Woods, has posted his response to reading WH Hudson’s A Shepherd’s Life. ‘I was deeply impressed with the spirit of the book,’ writes Colin, ‘only a well written book like A Shepherd’s Life allows you to walk unnoticed among the characters and wrap the cloak of period around you.’ Read his comments in full at Caught by the River.

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