Philip Walling started out farming in Cumbria, then trained as a barrister and practised for twenty-five years, before turning to writing. From the law he brings learning and rigour, while his roots in the land give him a passion for and deep understanding of the landscape and people of rural England - a combination which lends a unique perspective to his work. He now lives in Northumberland. His first book, Counting Sheep, was a Sunday Times bestseller.
Wondrous... Walling loves cows and I love his book. It intrigues and feeds just like a big, beautiful cow. -- John Lewis-Stempel * Countryfile * Engaging... Lively... Fascinating * Spectator * Entertaining... A colourful and informative romp through the history of native breeds, brought to life through delightful anecdotes. * Country Life * A vital, thorough and accessible history that everyone who cares about the past or the future should read. * Rosamund Young, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Cows * A well-researched, uncynical and thought-provoking book. It is also an elegy to a dying industry. -- Nigel Farndale * The Times *