Book of the Week: The Secret Life of Cows
First published in 2003, The Secret Life of Cows was reissued in October to reach and educate a wider readership. In this eye-opening book, Rosamund Young writes about the unique behaviours and personalities of cows in an incredibly entertaining and enlightening way.
Cows are as varied as people. They can be highly intelligent or slow to understand, vain, considerate, proud, shy or inventive. Although much of a cow's day is spent eating, they always find time for extra-curricular activities such as babysitting, playing hide and seek, blackberry-picking or fighting a tree. This is an affectionate record of a hitherto secret world.
“the amount of loving care given to all food animals directly affects the health-giving properties of the end product.”
Rosamund Young spoke about the impact her book has had, and the impact she hopes the reissue will have, saying:
"When my book was first published I was delighted to receive letters from farm workers and herdsmen who had loved the cows in their charge but who never felt free to admit or show it openly. Today there is a powerful upsurge in concern about the source of our food, I hope that with the reissue of The Secret Life of Cows many more readers will learn to understand that the amount of loving care given to all food animals directly affects the health-giving properties of the end product."
In Alan Bennett’s diary entry in Keeping On Keeping On for 24 August 2006, he wrote: “I am reading The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young, a delightful book... it alters the way one looks at the world.” Bennett has written the foreword for this new edition, published by Faber & Faber.
Originally published by small farming press and ecstatically received by an equally small audience, this incredibly unique book is now getting the wide attention and acclaim it deserves.