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Hvað rekur unga konu til að gerast sauðfjárbóndi úr alfaraleið í stað þess að verða fyrirsæta í New York? Keppa í rúningi og stunda fósturtalningar í kindum stað þess að drekka í sig stórborgarlífið og slá í gegn á síðum glanstímarita? Heiða er sannkallað náttúrubarn og er einyrki á Ljótárstöðum sem er efsti bær í Skaftártungu. Jafnframt því að sinna fimm hundruð frjá hefu Hvað rekur unga konu til að gerast sauðfjárbóndi úr alfaraleið í stað þess að verða fyrirsæta í New York? Keppa í rúningi og stunda fósturtalningar í kindum stað þess að drekka í sig stórborgarlífið og slá í gegn á síðum glanstímarita? Heiða er sannkallað náttúrubarn og er einyrki á Ljótárstöðum sem er efsti bær í Skaftártungu. Jafnframt því að sinna fimm hundruð frjá hefur hún barist fyrir tilveru sinni og sveitarinnar fyrir autan – varið landið – svo öllu verði ekki fórnað fyrir fáein megawött; gljúfri, besta beitarlandinu – þar sem fyrst grær á vorin. Í þessari stórmerkilegu bók dregur Steinunn Sigurðardóttir upp áhrifamikla mynd af sérstæðri kvenhetju. Hér njóta sín allir helstu kostir Steinunnar sem rithöfundar; ísmeygileg kímni, leiftrandi stílgáfa, djúpt innsæi – og ást á landinu.


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Hvað rekur unga konu til að gerast sauðfjárbóndi úr alfaraleið í stað þess að verða fyrirsæta í New York? Keppa í rúningi og stunda fósturtalningar í kindum stað þess að drekka í sig stórborgarlífið og slá í gegn á síðum glanstímarita? Heiða er sannkallað náttúrubarn og er einyrki á Ljótárstöðum sem er efsti bær í Skaftártungu. Jafnframt því að sinna fimm hundruð frjá hefu Hvað rekur unga konu til að gerast sauðfjárbóndi úr alfaraleið í stað þess að verða fyrirsæta í New York? Keppa í rúningi og stunda fósturtalningar í kindum stað þess að drekka í sig stórborgarlífið og slá í gegn á síðum glanstímarita? Heiða er sannkallað náttúrubarn og er einyrki á Ljótárstöðum sem er efsti bær í Skaftártungu. Jafnframt því að sinna fimm hundruð frjá hefur hún barist fyrir tilveru sinni og sveitarinnar fyrir autan – varið landið – svo öllu verði ekki fórnað fyrir fáein megawött; gljúfri, besta beitarlandinu – þar sem fyrst grær á vorin. Í þessari stórmerkilegu bók dregur Steinunn Sigurðardóttir upp áhrifamikla mynd af sérstæðri kvenhetju. Hér njóta sín allir helstu kostir Steinunnar sem rithöfundar; ísmeygileg kímni, leiftrandi stílgáfa, djúpt innsæi – og ást á landinu.

30 review for Heiða - fjalldalabóndinn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Geir Sigurðsson

    Margt áhugavert í þessari bók og hún er skemmtileg.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I was offered a proof copy by the publisher on Twitter. I read the first 53 pages. I’d read three other sheep-herding memoirs in the past year and thought it would be interesting to hear from a female Icelandic shepherd who was a model before taking over her family farm and then reluctantly went into politics to try to block a hydroelectric power station on her land. Unfortunately, though, the book is scattered and barely competently written. It doesn’t help that the proof is error-strewn. [This I was offered a proof copy by the publisher on Twitter. I read the first 53 pages. I’d read three other sheep-herding memoirs in the past year and thought it would be interesting to hear from a female Icelandic shepherd who was a model before taking over her family farm and then reluctantly went into politics to try to block a hydroelectric power station on her land. Unfortunately, though, the book is scattered and barely competently written. It doesn’t help that the proof is error-strewn. [This mini-review has been corrected to reflect the fact that, unlike what is printed on the proof copy, the sole author is Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, who has written the book as if from Heiða Ásgeirsdóttir’s perspective.]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Thebooktrail

    Visit the locations in the memoir I’m on a role at the moment with books about fascinating people and how they live and their passion and endurance in times of trouble. This lady is my new heroine. I love books and TV shows about Iceland and have many Icelandic friends now through the book world which makes my urge to go there even stronger. How I would love to go and visit Heiða! I always think people who live in such remote locations have that sense of poetry about them and this lady does and Visit the locations in the memoir I’m on a role at the moment with books about fascinating people and how they live and their passion and endurance in times of trouble. This lady is my new heroine. I love books and TV shows about Iceland and have many Icelandic friends now through the book world which makes my urge to go there even stronger. How I would love to go and visit Heiða! I always think people who live in such remote locations have that sense of poetry about them and this lady does and more! From the start I was curious as to why someone, especially a model from New York, want to return to iceland and live on a farm. Her story about her father is heartbreaking and her endurance and sense of duty admirable Her passion for the farm and her way of life comes through loud and clear. She loves her land and her world, so when it’s threatened by power companies and corporate bullies, she stand for now nonsense and races forth into battle. Certain scenes wouldn’t be out of place in an episode of Game of Thrones for the battles of David and Goliath that ensue. On a more day to day level, that’s when the story of this lady and the farm really shone for me. It’s a hard life and she makes no bones about it. The weather is an enemy, as is the soil. The very remoteness she loves is a problem when there’s no one else to help or rescue a situation. This is the beauty of the book though as you get to see, experience and feel the farm, the weather, the everyday routines that are so demanding yet rewarding at the same time. Although written by the Icelandic novelist Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, it’s Heiða’s distinctive voice that comes through and it’s as if you’re talking to her in her kitchen, laughing at her humour, marvelling at her plainspeaking and warming to her inspirational touch. If ever you’re down, or feel a challenge is too big, talk to Heiða. It’s a book about so much – conservation, yearning for a simpler life, and protecting what you love and fighting for what’s yours.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Catalina

    The synopsis on which I based my request(on NetGalley) to read this(months before publication) was somewhat misleading. I thought I was going to read a book about nature, about the passage of seasons and how it impacts and changes nature, more poetry or more poetic language, if you like. But turns out I've read a memoir of sorts and while I did see the passage of seasons, it was centered on a single character and her life as a sheep farmer in Iceland. Poetry was scarce and for some reason, it wa The synopsis on which I based my request(on NetGalley) to read this(months before publication) was somewhat misleading. I thought I was going to read a book about nature, about the passage of seasons and how it impacts and changes nature, more poetry or more poetic language, if you like. But turns out I've read a memoir of sorts and while I did see the passage of seasons, it was centered on a single character and her life as a sheep farmer in Iceland. Poetry was scarce and for some reason, it wasn't even that poetic... That being said, I did get some enjoyment from reading this: it was interesting to read about the ins and outs of sheep farming, even if I cannot say I am actually interested in the subject. Impressive how strong a character Heida was(is?). The amount of work she was willing to do was really inspirational. (even if did get annoyed with comments like: 'I can do this because no one told me I couldn't do it'. Well Heida darling no one told me I couldn't do sheep farming either yet I am not doing it, and I will say I cannot do it, but that's not because someone told me I couldn't and I am so weak as to believe anyone who tells me stuff, but because I know myself too well and I know I would never want such a job for myself(eye roll). But at the same time I liked that she wasn't apologetic about the fact she's single and she doesn't want to have children, as each women should be! Stand up for yourself and what you believe in! ) My rating reflects the fact that, despite the enjoyment, a lot of stuff went wrong. Firstly: the writing style was very simplistic and unsatisfactory. If I would keep a diary it will be pretty much written as this book, and I am no author!! Secondly I suspect the translation wasn't the best. It wasn't flowing and the so called poetry, while really scarce, was missing rhythm...The story line was a bit jumpy: snippets of different things without a particular pattern. But I guess the worst is that we had no in depth view of anything. Just general lines of her work as a farmer in different seasons, just bits of her fight against the power plant, and even less of "portrait of a remote life close to nature." as let's be honest here: she was totally enjoying the perks of modern life: machinery, cars, internet etc

  5. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. Although this was a fascinating insight into sheep farming out in the wilds of Iceland overall it was let down by the rest of the story away from the wilds. It left me disappointed as a whole.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fern Adams

    Heida is a sheep farmer in rural Iceland. The book gives anecdotes of her life, work and surroundings and there really is a bit of everything in there. From growing up and attending boarding school, a brief modelling career, to all about sheep, lambing and spending hours in a tractor. Issues around politics, ecology and businesses buying up land and displacing farmers are also all addressed. I really enjoyed reading this and learned a lot from the pages. Heida is an excellent role model- she kn Heida is a sheep farmer in rural Iceland. The book gives anecdotes of her life, work and surroundings and there really is a bit of everything in there. From growing up and attending boarding school, a brief modelling career, to all about sheep, lambing and spending hours in a tractor. Issues around politics, ecology and businesses buying up land and displacing farmers are also all addressed. I really enjoyed reading this and learned a lot from the pages. Heida is an excellent role model- she knows what she wants and thinks and is definitely a go getter. In many ways this was a refreshing and wholesome read because it felt so genuine and honest. Reading it I almost forgot it was a book at all as it felt more like listening to a conversation. I particularly liked the sheep names! I suspect this is going to be a popular book. Only thing that would have improved it would have been a pronunciation guide at the end. There are some brilliant words and place names which I have no idea how to say but would like to. Thanks to Netgalley and John Murray Press for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sara Hlín

    Heiða er greinilega stórkostleg manneskja og þessi bók gefur manni einstaka innsýn inn í líf hennar. Steinunn Sigurðar fer í þessari sögu langt út fyrir sinn venjulega ramma og segir frá Heiðu í fyrstu persónu í blöndu af dagbókar og samtalsformi. Í fyrstu fór stíllinn aðeins í taugarnar á mér en á endanum sá ég að líklega var þetta eina leiðin til að koma persónunni til skila á eðlilegan hátt. Heiða myndi eflaust ekki vilja að líf hennar hljómaði eins og ljóð. Púl, einhæfni og endurtekningar er Heiða er greinilega stórkostleg manneskja og þessi bók gefur manni einstaka innsýn inn í líf hennar. Steinunn Sigurðar fer í þessari sögu langt út fyrir sinn venjulega ramma og segir frá Heiðu í fyrstu persónu í blöndu af dagbókar og samtalsformi. Í fyrstu fór stíllinn aðeins í taugarnar á mér en á endanum sá ég að líklega var þetta eina leiðin til að koma persónunni til skila á eðlilegan hátt. Heiða myndi eflaust ekki vilja að líf hennar hljómaði eins og ljóð. Púl, einhæfni og endurtekningar eru hluti af lífi bóndans. Mæli með þessari, ekki sem skáldverki heldur sem einstakri frásögn.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Magnús Hafsteinsson

    Mjög fín bók og áhugaverð. Eini mínusinn er að það hefðu mátt vera ljósmyndir í henni og gjarnan kort líka yfir helstu örnefni sem nefnd eru.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jemima Pett

    This is a fascinating account of Heida's life in the Icelandic uplands, her dedication to her farm, her animals and her friends and their lifestyle. Pulled into politics against her will, she managed to lead the fight against a bully-boy power station development which would have ruined her very livelihood, as well as her home and the surrounding countryside. I think this would be more difficult to read had I not visited Iceland last year, getting close to some of the places she describes, includ This is a fascinating account of Heida's life in the Icelandic uplands, her dedication to her farm, her animals and her friends and their lifestyle. Pulled into politics against her will, she managed to lead the fight against a bully-boy power station development which would have ruined her very livelihood, as well as her home and the surrounding countryside. I think this would be more difficult to read had I not visited Iceland last year, getting close to some of the places she describes, including the National Park where the power plant was planned. For someone without a basic feel for the language I think the names and place-names could be a distraction too far, since the story is presented in a rather disjointed and distracting fashion. I found some of the details and anecdotes repetitive, but that can add to the impact. The author wrote it on the basis of telephone interviews snatched at odd times in Heida's incredibly busy life. It's a 3.5 stars from me, really.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Björg Sigurðardóttir

    Bókin segir sögu ungrar konu, Heiðu sem er bóndi á Ljótarstöðum í Skaftártungu á jörðinni þar sem hún ólst upp. Heiða lýsir lífinu í sveitinni en hún sinnir öllum bústörfum ein síns liðs nema þegar sérstakar annir eru, þá fær hún aðstoðarfólk. Satt að segja hafði ég ekki gert mér grein fyrir því hvað störf bænda eru viðamikil bæði hvað varðar umfang og erfiði – ekki hvað síst líkamlegt erfiði. Það má einnig segja að bændur séu mikilvægir vörslumenn landsins og náttúrunnar því þeir starfa í svo ná Bókin segir sögu ungrar konu, Heiðu sem er bóndi á Ljótarstöðum í Skaftártungu á jörðinni þar sem hún ólst upp. Heiða lýsir lífinu í sveitinni en hún sinnir öllum bústörfum ein síns liðs nema þegar sérstakar annir eru, þá fær hún aðstoðarfólk. Satt að segja hafði ég ekki gert mér grein fyrir því hvað störf bænda eru viðamikil bæði hvað varðar umfang og erfiði – ekki hvað síst líkamlegt erfiði. Það má einnig segja að bændur séu mikilvægir vörslumenn landsins og náttúrunnar því þeir starfa í svo nánum tengslum við hana. Þeir eru í raun nokkurs konar landverðir og það hlutverk reynir á þolrif Heiðu í baráttu við orkufyrirtæki sem ásælist landið hennar með það fyrir augum að reisa virkjun. Sú barátta gengur nærri henni en leiðir jafnframt styrk hennar í ljós því hún lætur þessi öfl ekki eiga neitt inni hjá sér og berst með kjaft og klóm. Baráttan leiðir til þess að Heiða þarf að vinna bug á feimni og óöryggi því hún þarf virkilega að standa á sínu. Hún tekur til máls á fundum, tekur sæti í stjórn Vatnajökulsþjóðgarðs, sest í sveitarstjórn og tekur 2. sæti á lista VG í Suðurkjördæmi. Lesendur fá því ekki aðeins innsýn í búskap og landbúnað heldur einnig í stjórnmál og vinnubrögð orkufyrirtækisins. Það kostar Heiðu mikinn tíma og fyrirhöfn að sökkva sér ofan í skýrslur og pappíra til þess að geta varist áformum orkufyrirtækisins auk þess sem hún þarf að leita til lögfræðings í baráttu sinni og verja til þess fjármunum. Óneitanlega veltir maður því fyrir sér hvað einstaklingurinn má sín lítils gagnvart fyrirtæki sem ásælist mikla hagsmuni og hefur úr miklum fjármunum að spila. Steinunn Sigurðardóttir skráir söguna en Heiða er sögumaður og frásögnin er í fyrstu persónu. Það var augljóslega ekki töluð vitleysan þegar þessar konur sátu saman á spjalli. Heiða tjáir sig á svolítið fornri íslensku – a.m.k. samanborið við jafnaldra hennar í Reykjavík myndi ég segja. Hún notar skemmtileg orð og frásögnin er lifandi og skemmtileg en einnig myndræn. Bókin er þannig uppbyggð að inn á milli frásagna Heiðu er fléttað inn kvæðum og vísum sem hún hefur ort og einnig vitnað í ávörp sem hún hefur flutt á ýmsum þingum þar sem umhverfismál eru rædd. Sögusviðið er fyrst og fremst sveitin en einnig er komið við á öðrum stöðum, s.s. í miðborg Reykjavíkur á kosninganótt forsetakosninganna 2016. Ég hafði virkilega gaman af þessari bók. Hún opnar sýn í veruleika sem ég hafði litla innsýn í áður. Hún varpar líka ljósi á kvenskörung og hugsjónamanneskju og það er auðvelt að hrífast af þessari konu og ástríðu hennar fyrir landinu og bústörfunum. Mæli með þessari bók fyrir alla.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Aldred

    This is a review for an English translation of this book. I am addicted to farming programmes and find Iceland one of the most fascinating countries in the world, not only for its landscape but also how poetry and its creation is embedded into the very heart of its people. So when Heiða, a memoir about a young Icelandic farmer who pounds out poetry in the cab of her tractor, came up for review I couldn’t resist taking a look at it. This is a story of a woman’s life simply told. Although written by This is a review for an English translation of this book. I am addicted to farming programmes and find Iceland one of the most fascinating countries in the world, not only for its landscape but also how poetry and its creation is embedded into the very heart of its people. So when Heiða, a memoir about a young Icelandic farmer who pounds out poetry in the cab of her tractor, came up for review I couldn’t resist taking a look at it. This is a story of a woman’s life simply told. Although written by the Icelandic novelist Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, she has taken great care to keep Heiða’s distinctive voice sounding loud and clear throughout. It is a very intriguing voice because Heiða is a very interesting and independent woman. Living way out in what many might consider a wilderness, is a source of bounty for Heiða, both in terms of livestock, and soul-enrichment. Yet not everyone sees the land as passionately as Heiða,who has been born into it, living and breathing its landscape on a daily basis. It is Heiða’s passion for her way of life which means she has to lock horns with corporate giants to prevent an ecological devastation of her world.The David and Goliath battle that ensues, as a prominent power company manoeuvres to compulsorily purchase land for a power generating dam, is as nail-biting as any thriller or as epic a tale as any of The Sagas of the Icelanders. But woven within this drama is the day-to-day work on the farm, which can be demanding, relentless and heart-breaking as Heiða works to keep her livestock safe in an environment that can change from sun to freezing storms in a moment. What came through this plain-speaking young woman’s account of her life while fighting the utility giants, family tragedy and running her farm, was her incredible zest for life and the need to live it to the full. I hate using the word inspirational, but Heiða is that type of book and well worth a read for anyone with a passion for conservation or just wondering how to lift themselves above what seems to be the kind of life which might throw far too many challenges at them. Heiða was courtesy of John Murray Press via NetGalley.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cathryn

    I have this unlikely fantasy of having sheep one day. Not lots of them, just a half-a-dozen, in the garden. Obviously, not in my garden. Even if I was to take over all the shared grassed space around the building, I don't think it would be enough for more than one or two, which isn't ideal for a herd animal. Its beside a busy road, and would be stressful for them, and although the neighbours have been very accepting of my wee orchard, I think sheep might push their tolerance of eccentricity. So I I have this unlikely fantasy of having sheep one day. Not lots of them, just a half-a-dozen, in the garden. Obviously, not in my garden. Even if I was to take over all the shared grassed space around the building, I don't think it would be enough for more than one or two, which isn't ideal for a herd animal. Its beside a busy road, and would be stressful for them, and although the neighbours have been very accepting of my wee orchard, I think sheep might push their tolerance of eccentricity. So I content myself with the occasional book or film, and this caught my eye. Heida Asgeirsdottir is a sheep farmer, running a remote 6000ha station in rural Iceland. She became a public figure when a hydroelectric scheme threatened her land, and she lead the campaign to stop it. The book is more a diary of her day to day life than about the campaign, showing a very different way to be a modern European. She farms on her own, supporting and supported by a close-knit family and friends, composes poetry, moves her sheep to their summer pastures and back into their winter sheds, runs a pregnancy scanning business (for sheep) and deals with everything life throws at her over the course of the year. Its written in a plain, no-nonsense style, rather as I imagine Heida herself to be. That makes it an easy read, but often with sudden forays into depths of unexpected and fascinating detail. What does it feel like to make a mistake looking after an animal which means it has to be shot? Living with the fear of having to pay for repairs to expensive machinery? Dealing with being ill while having only 6 weeks to do your main income-producing work ? A problem is encountered, dealt with in a matter-of-fact way, and we're on to the next thing. This is not an easy life at all. It a good life tand this uplifting book shows us a strong, capable woman living on her own terms.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vivienne

    My thanks to John Murray for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Heida: A Shepherd at the Edge of the World’ by Steinunn Sigurðardóttir in exchange for an honest review. ‘Heida’ was originally published in Iceland in 2017 and became a bestseller. It has been translated into English by Phillip Roughton. In the foreword the author presents her subject, Heida Gudny Ásgeirsdóttir, and how she came to be fascinated by her story. She details the methods that she used to give Heida a voice while remaining invisib My thanks to John Murray for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Heida: A Shepherd at the Edge of the World’ by Steinunn Sigurðardóttir in exchange for an honest review. ‘Heida’ was originally published in Iceland in 2017 and became a bestseller. It has been translated into English by Phillip Roughton. In the foreword the author presents her subject, Heida Gudny Ásgeirsdóttir, and how she came to be fascinated by her story. She details the methods that she used to give Heida a voice while remaining invisible herself. Heida lives on Ljótarstaðir, a farm which has been occupied since the 12th Century, with her 500 sheep. In recent years she has become engaged in a campaign to halt the building of a power plant in her region that would have a devastating impact upon the local environment. Very much a loner she became politically active due to this. This biography/memoir is anecdotal and very stream of consciousness in style. As a result it jumps all over the place in Heida’s life though has a structure linked to the seasons. A number of Heida’s poems are scattered throughout the text. I was so a amused when in one section as Heida is sharing details about her candidacy and then suddenly “Jesus, there went a duck! I hope I haven’t driven over its nest. No, there it is. I missed it, thank goodness. I count eight eggs in the nest. There are birds here everywhere. I’m constantly moving snipe chicks out of the uncut grass. This candidacy...” I certainly was impressed by Heida, her fierce independence, quirky personality, compassion for animals and sense of connection to the land. She also doesn’t shy from sharing details of lambing and of times when she had to put her animals down. Sad but that is the reality of farm life. Although not a big reader of biographies or memoirs, I found Heida very relatable and felt that Sigurðardóttir did succeed in remaining invisible. It also provided an excellent account of life in rural Iceland.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    I was attracted to this book because it is about a place, Iceland, that I know little about, it is currently a popular holiday destination too. The idea of a female Shepherd, running a farm practically single-handed is worth reading about, so I did. The book has an informative forward, written by the biographer, who is a notable Icelandic author. The book came into being because Heida wanted to stop parts of her land, which has been farmed since the 12th-century being destroyed by an energy compa I was attracted to this book because it is about a place, Iceland, that I know little about, it is currently a popular holiday destination too. The idea of a female Shepherd, running a farm practically single-handed is worth reading about, so I did. The book has an informative forward, written by the biographer, who is a notable Icelandic author. The book came into being because Heida wanted to stop parts of her land, which has been farmed since the 12th-century being destroyed by an energy company. This it seems is the catalyst for Heida sharing her life to date, but the story is so much more than this. Written like a memoir, this story details Heida’s life, much of which has been spent on Ljótarstaðir, her family farm. The writing style is informal. It is emotional, individual and personal, providing a real insight into her life. It is also a story about preserving a way of life and the individual versus the corporate machine. The unwavering message being, it is not enough to want to keep your way of life, in an ever-changing world, you sometimes have to step into their world and fight on equal terms. If you enjoy learning about different ways of life and culture and have a love of animals this will be an interesting read for you, like it is for me. I received a copy of this book from John Murray Press via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    I received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley. I know very little about Iceland, and I'm a sucker for a female-led narrative, so on both counts Heida performed beautifully. Heida Ásgeirsdóttir is a farmer poet working and living in rural Iceland, rearing over 500 sheep while battling the evils of corporate greed. How's that for a character description? The book is told from Heida's point-of-view and recounts the trials and tribulations of sheep farming and local politics, as well as su I received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley. I know very little about Iceland, and I'm a sucker for a female-led narrative, so on both counts Heida performed beautifully. Heida Ásgeirsdóttir is a farmer poet working and living in rural Iceland, rearing over 500 sheep while battling the evils of corporate greed. How's that for a character description? The book is told from Heida's point-of-view and recounts the trials and tribulations of sheep farming and local politics, as well as supplying us with biographical info on Heida herself. Overall, I enjoyed the book. Heida's life is incredibly interesting, and her narration on both the day-to-day and overarching issues that shape her life was heart breaking and uplifting in turn. It is great to hear the outcome of the power plant battle, and her triumphs in lambing. One thing to note is that the story jumps and starts from one point to the next without there being a typical flow of events. This is fairly true to how life is, and at points you feel as though you are sitting with Heida herself as she discusses her life. My one problem was that, reading on Kindle it seemed like I was missing out on formatting that may have made some chapters easier to follow.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    It is very seldom that i will read a biography, as i do prefer to read fiction books. I live by the South Downs and the front cover reminded me of the many sheep that i pass whilst out driving. Hence the cover caught my attention at first, followed by the synopsis. So glad to have read this book, which was very interesting and very well written. I rarely write what a story is about, as i prefer one to read a book for themselves, but i do recommend. My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my It is very seldom that i will read a biography, as i do prefer to read fiction books. I live by the South Downs and the front cover reminded me of the many sheep that i pass whilst out driving. Hence the cover caught my attention at first, followed by the synopsis. So glad to have read this book, which was very interesting and very well written. I rarely write what a story is about, as i prefer one to read a book for themselves, but i do recommend. My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Martha Brindley

    As a person who loves travelling, outdoors and animals, this book really appealed to me. it was not merely about sheep farming in Iceland, but a well written biography and interesting story. It will appeal to anyone who is interested in people and other countries. it just makes me want to go and visit what I imagine to be a beautiful country at the top of the world. My thanks to Net Galley for my copy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elínborg Kristjánsdóttir

    Ágætis afþreying, stíllinn hentaði mér ekki. En hún skyldi það eftir sig að mig langar mjög mikið að ferðast um þessar slóðir. Hefur lengi langað að ganga Strútsstíg og bókin ýtir undir þann áhuga. Einnig fróðlegt að lesa um hversu mikil vinna liggur að baki bússkap, mikil vinna sem maður hefur ekki hugmynd um og gerir sér ekki grein fyrir.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christian

    It totally wasn’t what I expected, imagining this book to be almost purely about sheep farming in Iceland, but it became more. An incredibly fascinating biography that will appeal to many and not just those in farming. Well worth giving a go as it’s a fascinating insight into not only farming but fighting for your dreams, the environment, and life towards the top of the world.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alexander

    I really wanted to enjoy this, but it’s so dull I had to give up. Around a quarter of the way through are pages and pages about hay bailing, saying the same thing over and over. For a relatively short book this could still have done with some serious pruning.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sue Frances

    A lovely book to read. Heidi made me laugh, she has a sense of fun about her. I can picture her dancing in her tractor. Her values come from her family and she's not afraid of hard work.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Björg Hjartardóttir

    Mjög athyglisverð!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Unnur

    Góð og skemmtileg bók. Þessi ungi bóndi er áhugaverður karakter.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sigridur Maria

  25. 5 out of 5

    Árdís Björk Jónsdóttir

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erla Guðrún

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rúna Júlíusdóttir

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sasta

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paul Carter

  30. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    I know very little about Iceland, and I'm a sucker for a female-led narrative, so on both counts Heida performed beautifully. Heida Ásgeirsdóttir is a farmer poet working and living in rural Iceland, rearing over 500 sheep while battling the evils of corporate greed. How's that for a character description? The book is told from Heida's point-of-view and recounts the trials and tribulations of sheep farming and local politics, as well as supplying us with biographical info on Heida herself. Overall, I know very little about Iceland, and I'm a sucker for a female-led narrative, so on both counts Heida performed beautifully. Heida Ásgeirsdóttir is a farmer poet working and living in rural Iceland, rearing over 500 sheep while battling the evils of corporate greed. How's that for a character description? The book is told from Heida's point-of-view and recounts the trials and tribulations of sheep farming and local politics, as well as supplying us with biographical info on Heida herself. Overall, I enjoyed the book. Heida's life is incredibly interesting, and her narration on both the day-to-day and overarching issues that shape her life was heart breaking and uplifting in turn. It is great to hear the outcome of the power plant battle, and her triumphs in lambing. One thing to note is that the story jumps and starts from one point to the next without there being a typical flow of events. This is fairly true to how life is, and at points you feel as though you are sitting with Heida herself as she discusses her life. My one problem was that, reading on Kindle it seemed like I was missing out on formatting that may have made some chapters easier to follow.

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