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By Philip Walling

Lengthy ahead of we have been a country of shopkeepers, Britain used to be a state of sheep. packed with tales, background, minutiae and humour, Counting Sheep explores Britain via its such a lot influential animal.

Sheep are the thread that runs throughout the background of the English nation-state. Our fortunes have been as soon as based on sheep, and this ebook tells a narrative of wool and cash and background, of retailers and farmers and shepherds, of English yeomen and the way they acquired their freedom, and specifically, of the soil. Sheep have helped outline our tradition and topography, impacting on every thing from accessory and idiom, structure, roads and waterways, to social development and wealth.

With his eye for the idiosyncratic, Philip meets the local breeds that thrive during this kingdom; he tells tales approximately every one breed, meets their shepherds and proprietors, learns approximately their previous - and confronts the current realities of sheep farming. alongside the best way, Philip meets the folks of the nation-state and their many professions: the mole-catchers, the stick-makers, the tobacco-twisters and clog-wrights. He explores this artisan background as he re-discovers the nation-state, and reveals a way of life parallel to fashionable lifestyles, suffering to stay unchanged - and at its center, continuously sheep.

'Jacobs are one more breed alleged to have swum ashore from a wrecked send, this time a Spanish galleon in 1588. those have been gentlemen's sheep, and advertisement farmers will be disdainful in their being stored as adorns without challenge for revenue. To their mild vendors they have been residing garden mowers that bred their very own replacements and wanted no gas. yet to a operating farmer they have been (and nonetheless are) little larger than goats, and a damned nuisance.'
~ from Counting Sheep

Philip Walling has written a desirable and punctiliously stress-free account of this shared history... after examining this publication you could examine a sheep, or a roast lamb, or a tweed jacket, with the glimmerings of a brand new appreciation.' (Angus Clarke the days 2014-04-05)

Delightful ... Counting Sheep merits its position at the bookshelf of any lover of the nation-state. (Horatio Clare day-by-day Telegraph 2014-04-12)

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