Sally has always loved to read, gulping down everything from Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, James Herriot, Hilary Mantel and lots and lots of history books. She currently, to her shame, owes Northumberland Libraries £37.50 in overdue library fines (sorry Hexham library). 

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Diary of a Pint-Sized Farmer: A year of keeping sheep, raising kids and staying sane.

'It's beautiful weather today - I sit down outside the lambing shed with my back up against a pen and savour the spring sunshine. All the sheep are bedded up and everyone is fed and watered. No ewe is lambing, and I have half an hour to myself. I stretch out my feet in my wellies and push them into the warm straw ...'

Sally Urwin and her husband Steve own High House Farm in Northumberland, which they share with Mavis the Sheepdog, one very fat pony, and many, many sheep. Set in beautiful, wild landscape, and in use for generations, it's the perfect setting for Sally's (sometimes brutally) honest and charming account of farming life.

From stock sales to lambing sheds, and out in the fields in driving snow and hot summer days, A Farmer's Diary reveals the highs, lows and hard, hard work involved in making a living from the land. Filled with grit and humour, newborn lambs and local characters, this is the perfect book for anyone who has ever wondered what it's like on the other side of the fence.

The hardback (called "Diary of a Farm"), paperback, kindle version and audio book are all available from all good book shops, Amazon and where ever you buy your audio and e-books. 

"Full of passion for the realities of life lived knee-deep in the countryside" -  Daily Mail

"From financial struggles to arguing with vegans, Sally Urwin’s new book lifts the lid on farming....A Farmer’s Diary combines humour and the stark reality of modern farming, often in the same anecdote" - The Guardian

"With her witty humour and candid descriptions, its hard not to fall in love with Sally" - The Countryman's Weekly

"Finds the fun in rural life" - Daily Mail

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American and Canadian followers!


My book Diary of a Pint-Sized Farmer: A Year of Keeping Sheep, Raising Kids, and Staying Sane, will be published in the USA and Canada on Tuesday 4th August 2020.


It’ll be available from all good bookshops and you can preorder a copy now from the lovely bookshops below (and Amazon of course).


Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be blogging about how I left the city (and my immensely stressful marketing job behind) by marrying a shy Northumbrian farmer and becoming possibly the shortest farmers’ wife in England. Read all about the steep learning curve in managing a flock of sheep, lambing in the snow and wind and my permanent search for a pair of waterproof trousers (size 14, short) that don’t look like a pair of plastic bags stitched together at the crotch.


Preorder my book from Godine Publishers

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For my lovely Canadian followers you can preorder and buy my book at the Indigo book store chain


Plus on Canadian Amazon.