Millions of viewers of Our Yorkshire Farm watched Amanda Owen, husband Clive and their nine children share their daily lives at Ravenseat, one of the most remote hill farms in the country. It's a beautiful place, high in the Dales, and a rewarding existence close to nature.
But Ravenseat is a tenant farm and may not stay in the family, so when Amanda saw a nearby farmhouse up for sale, she knew it was her chance to create roots for the next generation.
The old house needed a lot of renovation and money was tight, so with her usual resourcefulness Amanda set about the work herself, with some help from a travelling monk, a visiting plumber and Clive.
It's fair to say things did not go according to plan....
In Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda brilliantly evokes life on the farm, as the whole family search for a missing newborn calf, much loved Shetland pony Little Joe defends his honour and the brutal winter of 2018 almost brings her to her knees.
As busy as she is with her family and flock she also manages to transform a damp and dark old house into a dream home. Funny, charming and filled with unforgettable characters, this audiobook will delight anyone who has hankered after a new life in the country.
"Amanda’s life is one of old-fashioned values, hard graft and plenty of love. She, like her life, is extraordinary." (Ben Fogle)
What members say
A fantastic, well read account of a wonderful family life. It tells of a hard but very rewarding way of living.
Another enjoyable trip to Ravenseat
I really enjoy Amanda Owen’s books but this one did feel slightly flat compared to her previous two, possibly due to so much being covered in the last books. There were less details about individual animals although Little Joe and Chalky stick out. She is as always unstintingly honest about life on the farm, the positives and the disasters. A lot of the book is taken up with the restoration of the family’s new investment house which although typically funny and informative I have to say I found a bit dull when it came to the search for furniture.
I really dislike Janine Burkett as a narrator and have stopped listening to the Vera Stanhope series as I find her reading breathless and girly. It suits a bit better with these books than the detective but conjures an image which isn’t like Amanda Owen at all. I would have much preferred listening to her read her own book to be honest but that’s just my personal view.