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Head of Zeus
A Short History of the World According to Sheep
A Short History of the World According to Sheep by Sally Coulthard

'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

From the plains of ancient Mesopotamia to the vast sheep farms of modern-day Australia, sheep have been central to the human story. Since our our Neolithic ancestors' first forays into sheep-rearing nearly 11,000 years ago, these remarkable animals have fed us, clothed us, changed our diet and language and financed the conquest of large swathes of the earth.

Sally Coulthard weaves this fascinating story into a vivid and colourful tapestry of engaging anecdotes and extraordinary ovine facts, whose multiple strands celebrate just how pivotal these woolly animals are to almost every aspect of human society and culture.

'A snappy, stimulating book, and certainly not just for shepherds' Mail on Sunday

'Full of fascinating social history' Independent

'You won't look at a sheep in the same way again' Country Living

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Natural History
11 Nov 2021 * 320pp * £9.99 * 9781789544213
REVIEWS
'Sally Coulthard's story of how sheep shaped the human story is full of rich pickings ... Full of fascinating social history'
Independent
'Global in scope, with fascinating vignettes from the ancient world to the present day, this is anything but woolly'
BBC History Magazine
'A snappy, stimulating book, and certainly not just for shepherds'
Mail on Sunday
'Overflows with anecdotes and ovine facts with Coulthard showing how intrinsic sheep have been to human society and culture'
This England
'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
'I absolutely LOVE this ... It's a perfect light-hearted informative history'
Philippa Sandall
'Sally Coulthard weaves the rich and fascinating story of sheep into a vivid and colourful tapestry ... Sally's book is threaded with engaging anecdotes and remarkable ovine facts'
Yorkshire Post
'[An] intriguing book ... You won't look at a sheep in the same way again'
Country Living
'Love a sheep? Yorkshire writer Sally Coulthard has the ovis covered!'
Yorkshire Life
'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
'The rich and fascinating story of the sheep, masterfully told. Such a splendid book'
Waterstones
Over the course of some 300 pages, Sally Coulthard weaves the rich and fascinating story of sheep into a suitably colourful woollen tapestry'
Countryside
'I've been listening to A Short History of the World According to Sheep ... Light-hearted and fun, it is also fascinating and I feel like I have learnt so much'
Scottish Book Trust
'Author Sally Coulthard stitches together fascinating tidbits, exploring the sheep's relationship to human civilization and culture'
Spin Off
'Coulthard's lively history celebrates the millennia-old relationship between humans and ovines from prehistoric times to The Yorkshire Shepherdess, and looks to a future in which sheep play a part in sustainable agriculture'
Daily Mail
Author
Sally Coulthard
Sally Coulthard
Sally Coulthard is a bestselling author of books about natural history and rural life including The Barn, A Short History of the World According to Sheep, The Book of the Earthworm, The Hedgehog Handbook and over twenty more titles. She lives on a Yorkshire smallholding which she shares with her husband, three girls and an assortment of unruly animals.
ALSO BY Sally Coulthard
The Little Book of Building Fires
The Hedgehog Handbook
The Little Book of Snow
The Bee Bible
The Book of the Earthworm
The Barn
The Book of the Barn Owl
Fowl Play
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