‘One part Nigella, one part Bill Oddie, one part Old Macdonald and one part Alfred Wainwright’
‘The evangelical farmer’
‘The most feminine farmer in the land’
Mail On Sunday
‘More farm favourites than Cath Kidson’
34 x 29cm, 320pp, 215 full-plate photographs. 8,000 word text. Bound and printed on luxury Setallux book cloth with cover image and embossings. Ribbon marker. Illustrated end-papers. Presented in a bespoke velvet lined slipcase. Printed and bound in Italy. Weight 3.5 kilos. .
Comes with a unique 8pp. story-book card.
Co-signed by photographer Ian Lawson and Shepherdess Alison O’Neill.
Our story began in May 2007 when I saw Alison on a TV documentary about her life as a hill shepherdess and how she bred native Rough Fell sheep in Cumbria. I found the programme fascinating as I had just started a project to document hill shepherds and their lives on the high fells. A quick phone call was made and a shoot organised to photograph her sheep. Our work had only just begun as it was Alison that really caught my eye, I saw the soul of a woman that I found very inspiring. We clicked at the first meet and from that moment on we were destined to work together, it was not long after that a beautiful book concept was born.
My years long work tells the story of a woman who was moved to reach beyond the limitations of her circumstances to pursue the life she dreamed of as a child. I was determined to capture the spirit of a real woman living a real way of life and a life that refuses to die. Her inspiration endless, she can extract laughter and good fellowship even from her own challenges and predicaments.