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The Cow Book By John Connell

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The Cow Book: A Story of Life on an Irish Family Farm by John Connell

'This is an important slice of living, breathing agricultural history written with absolute honesty by an insider who has the rare quality of being able to see it from the outside too.' - Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows'I usually view rural Ireland from a train or car window but reading this gripping, fascinating book I felt I was becoming a cattle farmer.' - Roddy DoyleFarming has been in John Connell's family for generations, but he never intended to follow in his father's footsteps. Until, one winter, he finds himself back on the farm and begins to learn the ways of the farmer and the way of the cows. Connell records the hypnotic rhythm of the farming day - cleaning the outhouses, milking the herd, tending to sickly lambs, helping the cows give birth. But alongside the routine events, there are the unforeseen moments when things go wrong: when a calf fails to thrive, when a sheep goes missing, when illness breaks out, when depression takes hold, when an argument erupts and things are said that cannot be unsaid. The Cow Book is the story of a calving season. It is also the story of the cow itself, from its domestication and worship as a God by the Ancient Egyptians to the modern practice of mechanized herds, via the figure of the cowboy, the destruction of the American buffalo, the demise of the aboriginal jackaroos and the consequences of BSE. And, above all, it is the story of Connell's life as a farmer, of his relationship with his birthplace of County Longford, with the community around the family farm, with the animals he tends, and with his father.

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About John Connell


John Connell was published in Granta's New Irish Writing issue, and has also had a story published on Granta.com. He lives on his family farm, Birchview, in County Longford, and this is his first book.

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GOR008944830
The Cow Book: A Story of Life on an Irish Family Farm by John Connell
John Connell
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Granta Books
2018-03-01
288
1783784172
9781783784172
N/A
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