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Heida: A Shepherd at the Edge of the World

Heida: A Shepherd at the Edge of the World

The inspiring story of Icelandic sheep farmer, former model and feminist heroine has become an international bestseller and won both the Icelandic Booksellers' Prize and Women's Literature Prize

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ISBN 9781473696471
Barcode 9781473696471
Published 23 April 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton General Div
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Sigurdardottir, Steinunn
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ISBN-13 9781473696471
ISBN-10 147369647X
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton General Div
Imprint John Murray Publishers Ltd
Publication Date 23 April 2019
International Publication Date 18 April 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Sigurdardottir, Steinunn
Category Biography & Autobiography
Animal Husbandry
The Countryside, Country Life
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 215mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 312g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Women shepherds - Iceland, Shepherds - Iceland
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 636.30092
Catalogue Code 979723

Description of this Book

I'm not on my own because I've been sitting crying into a handkerchief or apron over a lack of interested men. I've been made every offer imaginable over the years. Men offer themselves, their sons...drunk fathers sometimes call me up and say things like: Do you need a farmhand? I can lift the hay bales I can repair your tractors ... Heida is a solitary farmer with a flock of 500 sheep in a remorseless area bordering Iceland's highlands. It's known as the End of the World. One of her nearest neighbours is Iceland's most notorious volcano, Katla, which has periodically driven away the inhabitants of Ljotarstadir ever since people first started farming there in the twelfth century. This portrait of Heida written with wit and humour by one of Iceland's most acclaimed novelists, Steinunn Sigurdardottir, tells a heroic tale of a charismatic young woman, who at 23 walked away from a career as a model in New York to take over the family farm when her father died. I want to tell women they can do anything, and to show that sheep farming isn't just a man's game. I guess I've always been a feminist. When I was growing up, there was a female president, and I used to wear the same clothes and play with the same toys as the boys. It was just normal to me. Divided into four seasons, Heida tells the story of a remarkable year, interwoven with vivid stories of her animals and farm work and paints a unforgettable portrait of a remote life close to nature. We humans are mortal; the land outlives us, new people come, new sheep, new birds and so on but the land with its rivers and lakes and resources, remains.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review I had the feeling while reading it that Heida was in MY kitchen, idly chatting to ME and that I was getting to know her really well, as a close friend . . . It was a privilege to be 'talked to' as a friend and allowed to share a fine farmer's life for a few hours * Rosamund Young, author of THE SECRET LIVES OF COWS * Heida is a force of nature . . . she has about her an honesty that is never less than enchanting * Sunday Times *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Steinunn Siguroardottir is one of Iceland's most highly acclaimed novelists and poets. Her first book The Thief of Time was an international bestseller and was made into a film starring Emmanuelle Beart. Three of her other novels - Place of the Heart, Yo-Yo and The Good Lover - have also been translated into English.

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