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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 has been setting fire to things since she was a small, dungareed tomboy. Gently discouraged from a career in professional pyromania she's now a best selling author of design and outdoor living books including Shed Chic and Gardenalia. She now lives tucked away on a Yorkshire farm where she can burn things without bothering anyone.


'Sally Coulthard's story of how sheep shaped the human story is full of rich pickings ... Coulthard weaves together a detailed story that is full of fascinating social history' Independent.
'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.
'This rich story [...] overflows with anecdotes and ovine facts with Coulthard showing how intrinsic sheep have been to human society and culture' This England.
'[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.
'Not nearly as wacky as its title might make you suspect, this is an in-depth, accessible take on how sheep have shaped human history. The fact that they are the source of so many useful resources - meat, wool, milk, even blood - means that cultures have often kept them close at hand. Global in scope, with fascinating vignettes from the ancient world to the present day, this is anything but woolly' BBC History Magazine.
'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.
'[A] very readable and rather charming book ... A snappy, stimulating book, and certainly not just for shepherds' Mail on Sunday.

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