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Yows and Cows: A bit of Westmorland Wit



About this book:

  • ISBN: 978 095 232 8209

  • Published 2000

  • Price £7.95 + postage

  • 128 pages

  • Illustrated with colour photographs and cartoons

By the same author:

Not s'many Cows and a lot less Yows


About this book:
There's not too much to laugh about on a North of England hill farm in the often gloomy economic climate but, if you haven't got a sense of humour, you probably won't survive!

This paperback book looks at the funny side of farming and is packed with Westmorland wit and illustrated by excellent cartoons plus colour photographs.

The author was born and brought up on a Westmorland hill farm and he continues to get his hands dirty on his father's farm at Shap. Mike is also the local NFU representative and many of his tales have been gathered on his voyages around the county.

Mike regularly contributes columns on farming to local newspapers and to regional farming magazines. He is a well known figure both locally and nationally. Writing about this book Ben Gill, NFU President said: "Mike Sanderson has lived rural life in Cumbria to the full. His often whimsical anecdotes will liven up any farmer's day, especially in these difficult times."


Mike's tales put a smile on the face of farmers

DOWN TO EARTH humour and a lifetime in rural Cumbria have earned one of the county's best known National Farmers Union men a place on the nation's bookshelves.

Yows and Cows is a collection of short tales in which family, the Government, bureaucracy, local farmers and many more come under the scrutiny of Mike Sanderson's wit.

Born and bred on a Shap hill farm, Mike describes himself as an office boy and part-time farmer. He is in fact the NFU's group secretary for the Appleby and Kirkby Stephen area and spends weekends and holidays rolling up his sleeves to lend a hand at his father's farm.

Travelling the area as an NFU representative has brought Mike into contact with many farmers together with plenty of funny stories, many of which he found just too hilarious to keep to himself.

He first began sharing his tales and comments in the NFU's regional magazine. Such is his style that his column quickly became the first section readers turned to and it was soon elevated to its own page, entitled Sanderson's Ramblings. Local newspaper The Westmorland Messenger began publishing is wry look at life.

NFU President Ben Gill said of Yows and Cows: "His often whimsical anecdotes will liven up any farmer's day, especially in these difficult times. It is the perfect stocking filler for farming folk and will help dispel some of the doom and gloom of the long winter evenings."

Cumbria NFU county chairman Harold Armstrong added: "Mike's skills of observation and his ability to see the funny side come to the fore and I am sure many farmers will recognise themselves - a thoroughly hilarious read!"

Mike himself says his writing has been encouraged by feedback from his readers. "I soon realised that the mor humourous real life stories I mentioned, the more feedback I got and the more people seemed to enjoy it. My hope for the book is that it tickles someone's fancy somewhere," he said. Cumberland News, November 2000


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