Amanda as a writer
Reading has always been a big part of Amanda’s life – she was inspired to follow her farming dreams by the works of James Herriot, and credits Hill Shepherd by John and Eliza Forder as the book that sparked her interest in shepherding and sheep.
Amanda's three books 'Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess', 'A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess' and 'The Yorkshire Shepherdess' are available from all good book shops.
TALES FROM THE YORKSHIRE FARM
For everyone who loves watching Amanda Owen and her family on Our Yorkshire Farm, or enjoys reading her bestselling books, comes this delightful and uplifting collection of her monthly Dalesman columns.
Covering events in 2019 and 2020, Amanda describes saving the life of a newborn calf on New Year's Eve and watching, mouth agape, as their livestock trailer was swept away by floodwater in March. Son Sidney braves the wrath of Linda and husband Clive crafts an unusual Valentine's Day gift. Eldest daughter Raven leaves the nest, headed for university, while young sheepdog Taff and Tony the Pony arrive at the farm. As Covid-19 sends the country into lockdown, Amanda feels more lucky than ever to live close to nature, finding happiness in the beauty of the Dales and the unchanging routines of the farming year.
ADVENTURES OF THE YORKSHIRE SHEPHERDESS
In Amanda’s newest book, Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess, she takes readers through the surprises of everyday life at Ravenseat. From a desperate race to save a missing calf to the brutal winter of 2018, it’s not long before a new project catches her eye . . .
Ravenseat is a tenant farm and may not stay in the family, so when Amanda discovers a nearby farmhouse up for sale, she knows it is her chance to create roots for her children.
The old house needs a lot of renovation and money is tight - it’s fair to say things do not go according to plan! Funny and evocative, this book will delight anyone who has hankered after a new life in the country.
A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THE YORKSHIRE SHEPHERDESS
In Amanda’s second book, A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess, she describes the age-old cycles of a farming year and the constant challenges the family faces – life is never dull at Ravenseat!
Written with her trademark wit and humour, she shares the unique challenges associated with raising a family on some of Yorkshire’s highest, bleakest and most remote moorland. From being cut off in winter, to raising a flock of Swaledale sheep and free range children, it’s a must-read for anyone interested in the real life of a traditional countryside farmer. This is a funny, poignant and charming insight into a year in the life of Amanda Owen.
THE YORKSHIRE SHEPHERDESS
In Amanda’s first book The Yorkshire Shepherdess, she tells her life story – how the rebellious girl from Huddersfield, who always wanted to be a shepherdess, achieved her dreams and built a life at Ravenseat, a remote 2000-acre hill farm in North Yorkshire.
Full of amusing anecdotes and unforgettable characters, readers follow Amanda’s journey, from fitting in with the locals to fitting in motherhood, from the demands of the livestock to the demands of raising a large family in such a rural backwater. It is a frank, funny and fascinating account written in Amanda’s honest, no-nonsense style.