Call Me Red

Call Me Red

A shepherd’s journey


Sunday Times bestseller

Growing up on the Wirral, Hannah Jackson had no idea she wanted to work on a farm until a life-changing family visit to the Lake District in her late teens. It was there where she first saw a lamb being born, giving her the drive to defy her urban roots and become a professional shepherd. She never looked back.

In this uplifting and inspirational memoir, Hannah shares how she broke the stereotypes of her 'townie' beginnings, took risks and faced up to the challenges of being a young woman in a male-dominated industry, and followed her heart to become the Red Shepherdess. But behind the beautiful landscape, talented sheepdogs and eye-catching red hair was a steep learning curve. The physically and mentally demanding conditions she faced as she chased her dreams to build her own Cumbrian farm taught Hannah the values the holds true, including community, leadership, patience and resilience.

In Call Me Red, Hannah gives a unique insight into farming life and reveals a mindset and determination that proves no matter your background, with hard graft (and a loyal sheepdog) you can make your dreams a reality.

About the author

Hannah Jackson

Hannah Jackson, also known as The Red Shepherdess, is a first-generation farmer and TV personality. Her inspirational daily insights into shepherding, her indomitable spirit and a love for animals has gained her a loyal following across social, as well as making her one of the farming industry's youngest and most influential spokespeople and role models.

When not on her Cumbrian farm or working as a contract shepherd, Hannah is a frequent presenter on BBC One's Countryfile and features regularly in the press as an advocate for agriculture and the farming community. Hannah was a Young Farmer of the Year 2018 Finalist and is a National Sheep Association's Next Generation Ambassador. She is also a competitive CrossFitter and put her strength to good use when she appeared on SAS: Who Dares Wins in 2019, making it through to the final round. Hannah is also a company director in her family's business, Natural Leaders, which provides unique leadership courses to the corporate sector using sheepdogs and herding experiences to shed insight into management styles.

Hannah lives on her farm with her fiancé, Danny, along with her loyal sheepdogs, Fraser, Butch, Drift and Swift, her rescue horse, Jim, her pigs, goats, chickens and 250 characterful sheep.
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