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Book Thoughts: The Secret Life of Cows (Rosamund Young)

Young, Rosamund - The Secret Life of Cows

★★★★★☆☆

Title: The Secret Life of Cows
Author: Rosamund Young
Genre: Non-Fiction /Zoology   Pages: 139
First published: 2003
Edition: Paperback, published by Faber and Faber in 2018

Cows can love, play games, bond and form strong, life-long friendships. They can sulk, hold grudges, and they have preferences and can be vain. All these characteristics and more have been observed, documented, interpreted and retold by Rosamund Young based on her experiences looking after the family farm’s herd on Kite’s Nest Farm in Worcestershire, England.

I was given this wonderful book by my mother-in-law. At only 139 pages it is a pretty short book that tells about the personalities of a variety of cows on Kite’s Nest Farm.

I really enjoyed meeting the cows and learning about their families and the way they interact with each other. Rosamund Young writes vibrantly and clearly has a lot of love for her subjects here.

The narrative is a bit higgledy piggledy and feels a bit all over the place and somehow I feel it would have been a more satisfactory read if it had been a bit tidier in its structure. Having said that, this little book is a delight and makes me look at our bovine neighbours in a completely different light.

I am sure this is not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it for what it was.

5 out of 7 stars

2 thoughts on “Book Thoughts: The Secret Life of Cows (Rosamund Young)

  1. Nice review! This sounds like an unusual book which I will enjoy. I love short, quirky reads like that and would love to know more about cows.

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