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Considered a classic at the time of its publication in 1910, A Shepherd's Life is a rare account of the lives of those who lived on and worked the land in nineteenth-century rural Britain. A masterful work of prose, W. H. Hudson focuses on the story of one man, a Wiltshire shepherd named Caleb Bawcombe, whose tales of sheep dogs, farmer's wives, poachers and local fairs become a sublime account of a way of life that has largely disappeared from these shores.
A writer, naturalist and founding member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, W. H. Hudson was born and raised in Argentina before settling in England in 1874. The author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, his writing was acclaimed by both Jorge Luis Borges and Ernest Hemingway, and his work is now considered part of the national literature of Argentina. He died in Worthing, Sussex, in 1922.