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The Farmer's Son

Audiobook
Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir
Unabridged   8 hour(s)
Publication date: 05/07/2019

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The Farmer's Son

Calving Season on a Family Farm

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684574070
Digital Download ISBN:9781684574063

Summary

For fans of The Shepherd's Life, a poignant memoir—and #1 Irish bestseller—about a wayward son's return home to his family's farm, and how he found a new beginning in an age-old world.

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For fans of The Shepherd's Life, a poignant memoir—and #1 Irish bestseller—about a wayward son's return home to his family's farm, and how he found a new beginning in an age-old world

Farming has been in John Connell's family for generations, but he never intended to follow in his father's footsteps. Until, one winter, after more than a decade away, he finds himself back on the farm.

Connell records the hypnotic rhythm of the farming day—cleaning the barns, caring for the herd, tending to sickly lambs, helping the cows give birth. 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 an argument between father and son erupts and things are said that cannot be unsaid.

The Farmer's Son is the story of a calving season, and the story of a man who emerges from depression to find hope in the place he least expected to find it. It is the story of Connell's life as a farmer, and of his relationship with the community of County Longford, with his faith, with the animals he tends, and, above all, with his father.

Reviews/Praise

“A thoughtful, often luminous portrait of an ancient, valuable way of life that is in danger of disappearing.” —Shelf Awareness

“A beautifully written memoir of the challenges faced when returning home.” —Publishers Weekly

“A deeply felt, unforgettable story that will linger in readers' imaginations.” —Kirkus Starred Review

Author Bio

John Connell's work has been published in Granta's "New Irish Writing." The Farmer's Son is his debut. He lives on his family farm in County Longford, Ireland.