SALLY COULTHARD

Author & Columnist

 

 

 

As I watch our flock graze outside the farmhouse window,

it’s hard to imagine them helping the Vikings pillage their

way around the world or financing the Renaissance. How

could such unassuming creatures have changed the

outcome of wars, pioneered scientific breakthroughs and

brought untold wealth and grinding poverty to millions?

And yet they did. This rich story, starting with our

Neolithic ancestors’ first forays into sheep-rearing,

overflows with anecdotes and ovine facts with Coulthard showing how intrinsic sheep have been to human society and culture.An addictively free-ranging survey of the massive impact that the domesticated ungulates of the genus Ovis have had on human history.

 

From the plains of ancient Mesopotamia to the rolling hills of medieval England to the vast sheep farms of modern-day Australia, sheep have been central to the human story.

 

Starting with our Neolithic ancestors' first forays into sheep-rearing nearly 10,000 years ago, these remarkable animals have fed us, clothed us, changed our diet and languages, helped us to win wars, decorated our homes, and financed the conquest of large swathes of the earth. Enormous fortunes and new, society-changing industries have been made from the fleeces of sheep, and cities shaped by shepherds' markets and meat trading.

 

Sally Coulthard weaves the rich and fascinating story of sheep into a vivid and colourful tapestry, thickly threaded with engaging anecdotes and remarkable ovine facts, whose multiple strands reflect the deep penetration of these woolly animals into every aspect of human society and culture.

 

'This book deserves a place in your bookcase next to Harari's Sapiens. It's every bit as fascinating and is surely destined to be just as successful' Julian Norton 'The Yorkshire Vet'

 

Sally Coulthard’s story of how sheep shaped the human story is full of rich pickings.  Coulthard weaves together a detailed story that is full of fascinating social history. BOOK OF THE MONTH - The Independent

 

The rich and fascinating story of the sheep, masterfully told. Such a splendid book.  Waterstones

 

Not nearly as wacky as its title might make you suspect, this is an in-depth, accessible take on how sheep have shaped human history. The fact that they are the source of so many useful resources - meat, wool, milk, even blood - means that cultures have often kept them close at hand. Global in scope, with fascinating vignettes from the ancient world to the present day, this is anything but woolly.  BBC History magazine

 

You often see them on walks, but what do you really know about the woolly bleaters? Sally Coulthard reveals mind-boggling facts in her new book Country Walking magazine

 

Love a sheep? Yorkshire writer Sally Coulthard has the ovis covered!  Yorkshire Life

 

How could such unassuming creatures have changed the outcome of wars, pioneered scientific breakthroughs and brought untold wealth and grinding poverty to millions? And yet they did. This rich story, starting with our Neolithic ancestors’ first forays into sheep-rearing, overflows with anecdotes and ovine facts with Coulthard showing how intrinsic sheep have been to human society and culture. This England

 

North Yorkshire based author Sally Coulthard weaves the rich and fascinating story of sheep into a vivid  and colourful tapestry in her new book Yorkshire Post magazine

 

 

 

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