This is the Sunday Times Number One Bestseller. Some people’s lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks’ isn’t. The first son of a shepherd who was the first son of a shepherd himself he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations. Their way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand and has been for hundreds of years. A Viking would understand the work they do: sending the sheep to the fells in the summer and making the hay the autumn fairs where the flocks are replenished the gruelling toil of winter when the sheep must be kept alive and the light-headedness that comes with spring as the lambs are born and the sheep get ready to return to the fells. James Rebanks is a shepherd based in the Lake District. His first book The Shepherd’s Life won The Lakeland Book of the Year 2015. He is also known as the Herdwick Shepherd whose account of shepherding has a strong following on Twitter. His family have farmed in the same area for six hundred years.