A Vanishing Way of Life on Britain's Traditional Hill Farms. Charles Bowden
Author: Charles Bowden
Category: Farm life
Davie Baxter is a link with a lost world: he's one of the last shepherds working the hills of England. But after 40 years, he'll soon retire and a lifetime on the land will be over. Shepherds are virtually a thing of the past. Once, the UK's farmers employed thousands, but a slump in sheep farming has cut a swathe through their ranks and many of the traditional arts are disappearing. Most flocks nowadays are herded by farmers on quad bikes. The Last Shepherds follows Davie through the cycle of hill farming - lambing in spring, haymaking, showing sheep in the summer, then autumn lamb sales and winter feeding. What's particularly special about him is his close relationship with the dogs he works with, and alongside the seasonal narrative, the book offers a fascinating account of Davie breaking in the last collie of his working life - turning a cute puppy into an intelligent sheepdog finely tuned to his master's commands. Davie is humorous, forthright and sharp. He doesn't suffer fools gladly. He's a great character and one of the last of his kind. This engrossing book is an extraordinary record of a way of life that's almost gone forever.
Das Leben auf dem Land – packend und authentisch erzählt James Rebanks’ Familie lebt seit Generationen im englischen Hochland, dem Lake District. Die Lebensweise ist seit Jahrhunderten von den Jahreszeiten und Arbeitsabläufen bestimmt. Im Sommer werden die Schafe auf die kahlen Berge getrieben und das Heu geerntet; im Herbst folgen die Handelsmessen, wo die Herden aufgestockt werden, im Winter der Kampf, dass die Schafe am Leben bleiben, und im Frühjahr schließlich die Erleichterung, wenn die Lämmer geboren und die Tiere wieder in die Berge getrieben werden können. James Rebanks erzählt von einer archaischen Landschaft, von der tiefen Verwurzelung an einen Ort. In eindrucksvoll klarer Prosa schildert er den Jahresablauf in der Arbeit eines Hirten, bietet uns einen einzigartigen Einblick in das ländliche Leben. Er schreibt auch von den Menschen, die ihm nahe stehen, Menschen mit großer Beharrlichkeit, obwohl sich die Welt um sie herum vollständig verändert hat.
Zane Grey was an American author best known for writing Western fiction. With books such as Riders of the Purple Sage and Betty Zane, Grey is perhaps the most famous writer of Westerns with many of his books being adapted into movies and TV shows. This edition of Grey’s The Shepherd of Guadaloupe includes a table of contents.
The old-time shepherd ? lamb in one hand, crook in the other ? is an emblem of sturdiness, dependability and independence. He was one of the most important men on the farm, responsible for the care and well-being of the flock, with which he might need to spend days and nights out in open pastures. How did he manage his charges and his own life? What skills and equipment did he use? How did sheep farming change in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and what effect did those changes have on the shepherd's work? These are some of the questions considered by this fully illustrated exploration of shepherding life.
Riders of the Purple Sage, The Border Legion, Wildfire, Desert Gold, Betty Zane, The Last Trail, The Heritage of the Desert, The Lone Star Ranger, Arizona Clan, To the Last Man, The Day of the Beast…
Author: Zane Grey
This carefully crafted ebook: “ZANE GREY Ultimate Collection: Historical Novels, Western Classics, Adventure Tales & Baseball Stories (60+ Titles in One Volume)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Zane Grey (1872-1939) was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that were a basis for the Western genre in literature and the arts. With his veracity and emotional intensity, he connected with millions of readers worldwide, during peacetime and war, and inspired many Western writers who followed him. Table of Contents: Betty Zane The Spirit of the Border: A Romance of the Early Settlers in the Ohio Valley The Last of the Plainsmen The Last Trail The Short Stop The Heritage of the Desert The Young Forester The Young Pitcher The Young Lion Hunter Riders of the Purple Sage Ken Ward in the Jungle Desert Gold The Light of the Western Stars The Rustlers of Pecos County The Lone Star Ranger: A Romance of the Border Rainbow Trail The Border Legion Wildfire The UP Trail The Desert of Wheat Tales of Fishes The Man of the Forest The Redheaded Outfield, and Other Baseball Stories The Mysterious Rider To the Last Man The Day of the Beast Tales of Lonely Trails Wanderer of the Wasteland Tappan’s Burro The Call of the Canyon Roping Lions in the Grand Canyon The Thundering Herd The Vanishing American Tales of Fishing Virgin Seas Under the Tonto Rim Tales of the Angler’s Eldorado, New Zealand Forlorn River Tales of Swordfish and Tuna Nevada The Shepherd of Guadaloupe Sunset Pass Arizona Ames Robbers’ Roost The Drift Fence The Hash Knife Outfit The Code of the West Thunder Mountain The Trail Driver West of the Pecos An American Angler in Australia Raiders of Spanish Peaks Knights of the Range Thirty Thousand on the Hoof Twin Sombreros Majesty’s Rancho The Wilderness Trek Valley of Wild Horses Lost Pueblo Black Mesa Stranger from the Tonto The Fugitive Trail Arizona Clan
The stories of Eli and Abigail appear at first glance, to be simple Christmas stories, but to those who read with an open heart, these are stories for all seasons, and are appropriate for all ages. Both are filled with information about the lives and circumstances of those who lived 2000 year ago. Skeptics may say there was no Eli, who tended sheep on the Judean hillside, but those who walk with him through the pages of his story will come to know him and the loneliness and hardships that were part of his life of obedience. From the first Christmas to the end of his life, Eli's years were spent learning that faith requires commitment. Some will say that the innkeeper had no wife, but Abigail's life speaks for her-and it speaks to every mother who has wept over a wayward child, or ached because arms longing to hold an infant were empty. Life's lessons for her were patience and endurance.
Is it the latest in spy technology, a meteor, a UFO, or a new star? No one-not even government leaders, military commanders, astronomers, or other scientists-can provide any real answers regarding the mysterious light that has suddenly appeared in the eastern sky. When a diverse group of scholars and scientists meets in Israel to investigate the phenomenon, they are soon caught in a web of political and spiritual intrigue, terrorist bombings, and sniper attacks. As uncertainty about the phenomenon causes worldwide panic, the pressure is turned up to find a scientific answer to the mystery of the light. But the team is determined to convince the world of its findings-that the light is the return of the Star of Bethlehem, which signals Christ's Second Coming.
Ott provides an excellent ethnography of a French Basque agrarian and sheepherding community. The commune of Sainte-Engr�ce extends along a mountain valley in the southeastern corner of Soule, one of the three Basque provences in France. In The Circle of Mountains, Sandra Ott examines the importance of cooperation and reciprocity as the essential basis for the main institutions within this community. These French Basques visualize their community as a circle, and their vision of living in ""the circle of mountians,"" rather than in a valley, reflects their perspective on the society in which they live. The first half of the book incorporates material on history, ecology and economy, and delves deeply into the domestic organization, kinship, and neighborliness of this Basque community. In the second half of the book, the author introduces the males' customary roles as shepherds and cheesemakers. Following a detailed commentary on these vocations, Ott suggests that these seemingly prosaic activities represent the male attempt at symbolic fulfillment of the female procreative and nurturing roles. In a new afterword, Ott discusses developments that have impacted life in the pastoral community of Sainte-Engr�ce since the original publication of the book--including the acquisition of telephones and the construction of roads to nearly every home. The Circle of Mountains will be of interest not only to social anthropologists but also to those concerned with the Basque language and culture and to scholars and students of ethnology, international studies, and political science.
Inside Australasia's Most Notorious Drug Syndicate
Author: Jim Shepherd
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Aus.
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Do not think for one instant that a life of crime is glamorous and exciting. It is not. It is a life of degradation, dishonesty, misery, violence, and loss of liberty. It has been more than 30 years since the Mr Asia drug syndicate came apart, when the handless, toothless body of Martin Johnstone was found dumped in a quarry in England. The members of the syndicate were responsible for a string of dead bodies all over the world and the importation of hundreds of kilograms of heroin and marijuana into Australia, New Zealand and Britain - and they made tens of millions of dollars doing it. In this never before heard story from the only surviving member of the syndicate, James Shepherd tells of Mr Asia's rise and fall in gritty, horrifying detail. This is not the flashy, glamourised account put forward in Underbelly, but raw, unadulterated truth. James Shepherd was named by the 1983 Stewart Royal Commission as second in charge of the Mr Asia Drug Syndicate, and was given a 25 year sentence for his role. The long years spent in jail contemplating the murder and misery caused by the syndicate convinced him that the full story needed to be told - as a warning to others, if nothing else. The result is something unique - as fascinating as it is horrifying. It's the real insiders account of the multi-million dollar, kill-or-be-killed world of our most notorious international drug syndicate.
Noch einmal tut sich Großes auf der Scheibenwelt ... Tiffany Weh, die junge Hexe aus dem Kreideland, musste einige beeindruckende Gegner bezwingen und viele Prüfungen bestehen, bevor die anderen, erwachsenen Hexen der Scheibe sie als eine der Ihren akzeptierten. Nun ist die sie die offizielle Hexe ihrer Heimat, stolz und glücklich – und steht doch vor ihrer bisher größten Herausforderung. Denn tief im Kreideland rührt sich etwas: Ein alter Feind sammelt neue Kraft. Und nicht nur hier, auf der ganzen Scheibenwelt hat eine Zeit der Umbrüche begonnen. Grenzen verschwimmen, Allianzen verschieben sich, neue Mächte entstehen. Tiffany muss wählen zwischen Licht und Dunkelheit, zwischen Gut und Böse. Als sich eine gewaltige Invasion ankündigt, ruft Tiffany die Hexengemeinde auf, ihr beizustehen. Denn der Tag der Abrechnung rückt näher ...
You don't need a classroom to be a teacher, and you don't need to be a teacher to help someone learn a lesson. Taylor Mali's poetry explores this truth in entertaining and plainspoken ways because "the last thing this world needs is another poem" ("The Call to What We Know"). Whether discussing the language of love or the love of language, the poems contained in The Last Time As We Are prove that "He who dares to teach must never cease to learn." Not since Taylor Mali has there been a poet the likes of Taylor Mali-he is a man of unique properties. He is tagged as a performance poet, but his performances, rather than being frontal assaults, are leavened by charm and wit and could survive happily on the page. -Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate In this latest collection, Mali's work buzzes, hums, snaps and zaps, the tour-de-force of Mali on stage having been properly captured and catalogued on the page. -Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, "Everything Is Everything"
A dramatic historical thriller, The Last Legion is the exhilarating story of the last Emperor of Rome from Valerio Massimo Manfredi, the author of The Alexander Trilogy. The story opens on the day that the Western Roman Empire collapses finally in 470AD, as the Last Emperor of Rome is encamped protected by the Nova Invicta Legion. All is lost in the space of a few minutes as a horde of Barbarians sweep through the camp in the fog, kill the Imperial family and take the young Emperor captive. The Roman Empire is in ruins . . . But all is not lost. From the dust of battlefields emerges a small team of invincible warriors - The Last Legion. Their task is to rescue the Emperor and his enigmatic tutor and to try and resurrect the glory of Rome. All their strength of character and bravery come into play as they guide the last Caesar in a dramatic journey of escape through a devastated Italy and Northern Europe to their ultimate destinies in the land of the Britons... and the beginning of a new legend.