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Kiwi sheep farmer writes book on realities of life in the paddock

Our nation's farmers are world experts in growing food, which takes a lot of time and energy and doesn't leave much in the day for other pursuits.

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Publisher Allen & Unwin is very impressed by Tim Saunders’ short stories. Source: Seven Sharp

Which is why the author of New Zealand's latest book comes as something of a surprise - a fifth-generation sheep farmer from the Manawatū.

Publisher Allen & Unwin was so impressed by Tim Saunders' short stories they asked him to write a book about the realities of life on the farm.

“I said, 'What do you want a book about?' and she said, ‘You're a farmer, write a book about farming,’” Mr Saunders told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp of his book, titled This Farming Life.

His prose captures farming life in descriptive terms:

“Every day I watch the light quietly corral across the paddocks as the sun makes its slow climb across the Tararuas.

“I'm aware of its sweeping arc across the sky. At night I see the moon change its face, the stars drowsily shift position with the seasons.

“I take notice of small changes in the weather which helps me gauge how I will structure my day, my week, the coming months.”

Mr Saunders says he’s halfway through the book and hopes it will give people a glimpse into life down on the farm.