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A Short History of the World According to Sheep


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From the author of The Hedgehog Handbook, an addictively free-ranging survey of the huge impact that the domesticated ungulates of the genus Ovis have had on human history.

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Sally Coulthard is a best selling author of design and outdoor living books including The Hedgehog Handbook, The Bee Bible, The Little Book of Snow, How to Build a Shed, Shed Chic, Gardenalia, The Little Book of Building Fires. She lives on a Yorkshire farm where she keeps chickens as well as - naturally - sheep.


Sally Coulthard's story of how sheep shaped the human story is full of rich pickings... Full of fascinating social history' * Independent *
Global in scope, with fascinating vignettes from the ancient world to the present day, this is anything but woolly * BBC History Magazine *
A snappy, stimulating book, and certainly not just for shepherds * Mail on Sunday *
Overflows with anecdotes and ovine facts with Coulthard showing how intrinsic sheep have been to human society and culture * This England *
This book deserves a place in your bookcase next to Harari's Sapiens. It's every bit as fascinating and is surely destined to be just as successful -- Julian Norton
I absolutely LOVE this... It's a perfect light-hearted informative history' -- Philippa Sandall
Sally Coulthard weaves the rich and fascinating story of sheep into a vivid and colourful tapestry... Sally's book is threaded with engaging anecdotes and remarkable ovine facts' * Yorkshire Post *
[An] intriguing book... You won't look at a sheep in the same way again' * Country Living *
Love a sheep? Yorkshire writer Sally Coulthard has the ovis covered! * Yorkshire Life *
You often see them on walks, but what do you really know about the woolly bleaters? Sally Coulthard reveals mind-boggling facts in her new book * Country Walking *
The rich and fascinating story of the sheep, masterfully told. Such a splendid book * Waterstones *
Over the course of some 300 pages, Sally Coulthard weaves the rich and fascinating story of sheep into a suitably colourful woollen tapestry' * Countryside *
I've been listening to A Short History of the World According to Sheep... Light-hearted and fun, it is also fascinating and I feel like I have learnt so much' * Scottish Book Trust *
Author Sally Coulthard stitches together fascinating tidbits, exploring the sheep's relationship to human civilization and culture * Spin Off *
Coulthard's lively history celebrates the millennia-old relationship between humans and ovines from prehistoric times to The Yorkshire Shepherdess, and looks to a future in which sheep play a part in sustainable agriculture * Daily Mail *

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