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

John Connell


9781783784172

Granta


Biography;
Memoirs;
Dairy farming;
The countryside, country life;
Farm & working animals


Hardback

288 pages

$29.99
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The intimate account of a year on his family farm in Ireland - and a fascinating history of man's long relationship with the cow, by a Walkley Award-winning investigative reporter.

Farming 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.

By:   John Connell
Imprint:   Granta
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   277g
ISBN:   9781783784172
ISBN 10:   1783784172
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   April 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

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. Connell studied journalism in Dublin and Sydney and went on to become a new media and storytelling lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney at 22. His investigative work at the time lead to his becoming a Honorary Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Investigative Journalism.Connell's work as an investigative journalist lead to multiple awards including two Walkley wins in the radio field. He was a producer with ABC Radio National as well as SBS.His novel The Ghost Estate was published by Picador in March 2015.

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