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Digital Subscriptions > delicious. Magazine > January 2017 > MEET THE ACCIDENTAL HERO


Sheep farming in the Lake District is hard, cold, often thankless work. It’s not a career that tends to lead to fame and influence. Yet James Rebanks – fell farmer and unlikely bestselling author – has become a powerful voice for a traditional way of life that’s under threat. Susan Low spends a day with ‘the sturdy shepherd’ on his farm in Cumbria

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CHALLENGING LIFE Come rain or shine, James is on call to look after his 700-strong flock of Herdwick sheep

Winter is a trying season in the Lake District fells. Wind lashes, rain drives, snow occasionally drifts. Shafts of reluctant sunshine illuminate a grey-green landscape crisscrossed by dry-stone walls, etched against a backdrop of snow-flecked mountains. The day I spent at James Rebanks’ Racy Ghyll Farm in the village of Matterdale was typically windswept – and James himself is something of a whirlwind.

As well as looking after some 700 Herdwick sheep, James has written an autobiography called The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District (Allen Lane), which was a Sunday Times No 1 bestseller five weeks in a row, featured as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in April 2015 and has been translated into numerous languages. James famously failed his GCSEs yet went on to gain a double first in history at Magdalen College, Oxford. He’s been interviewed for just about every national paper and countless magazines and has more than 88,000 followers on Twitter.

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Banish the January blues with delicious. magazine’s new issue. It’s packed with cheer-up food for wintry days, whether you crave dishes oozing melted cheese, the fresh zing and zest of clementines, Nina Olsson’s healthy bowlfuls or a traditional roast lamb from Mary Berry. Looking for more exotic delights? Try the quick Peking duck, sattu parathas or step-by-step sticky babka. plus we have hearty food Le Gavroche-style.