Many of us will have enjoyed James Rebanks’ book, “A Shepherd’s Life”.
I’ve got a couple of further reading suggestions, and I’d be interested in what others think. These are novels, but draw heavily on the personal knowledge of the writers.
“Towards Mellbreak” by Marie-Elsa Bragg is a farming chronicle set in the English Lake District. Lyrical descriptions of fell and lake abound, but, be warned, it’s a tragedy about the impact of government sponsored change on the lives of the shepherds. The characters use an evolving local dialect but the writer is given to unusual and surprising word-choices in describing the landscape - more like a poem than a novel.
Much more upbeat is “Addlands” by Tom Bulloughs, set this time in Radnorshire, an ancient Welsh county, and covering seventy years of life on a sheep farm. This is actually a comedy, but it has its darker passages, some of which may shock the reader. “Visceral” is the word. Here, the dialect is not just in the dialogue but also in the writer’s own narrative. Although the central character is male, many of the stronger characters are female, and they are certainly survivors.
I enjoyed both of these, but I loved “Addlands.”
What are your suggestions?