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The Lost Flock

"Sharing a woman’s journey from suburban Newcastle to shepherding and safeguarding rare sheep in Orkney, this is radiant with personal passion and awe-inspiring nature. "

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Shot-through with an infectious celebration of the majesty of the Orkney landscape, and driven by the author’s insights and dedication to her beloved, rare Orkney Boreray sheep, Jane Cooper’s The Lost Flock will captivate readers who relish personal stories of transformation and devotion. Also highly recommended for those who love immersing themselves in Britain’s natural landscapes, it’s a fascinating, entertaining, inspiring read.

Jane’s unlikely mission was sparked by her passion for knitting, which saw her drawn into the realm of rare-breed sheep and their wool. After discovering the unique, short-tailed Orkney Boreray sheep, one of the few remaining breeds of primitive sheep in Northern Europe, she and her husband uprooted their lives in suburban Newcastle to throw themselves into an adventure on the Orkney Islands. Finding themselves the sole custodians of the last flock of Orkney Boreray (she now has 54), Jane and her husband turned their hands to farming and shepherding. 

Alongside sharing the author’s personal mission and journey, The Lost Flock also uncovers the fascinating history of the breed, a story that stretches back to Neolithic times, and lays bare “the power of Viking wool”. In essence, this is a well-woven blend of memoir, history, and nature writing, all suffused in the author’s spellbinding love of Orkney.

Joanne Owen

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