SHIRE, 2019

Ever wondered why a goat’s eyes have rectangular pupils? Or what happened to Thor’s goats after they finished pulling his thunderous chariot? How about making your own goat’s cheese or handspun mohair jumper? Whether you’re an aspiring smallholder, cheese fanatic or simply want to know more about our caprine companions, this guide will take you through the fascinating history of goatkeeping in Britain and shed light on one of our most intelligent, curious and mischievous domestic animals. With an increasing demand for goat produce and around 16 different breeds in Britain, explore the cultural rise of goatkeeping from the Stone Age through to modern day. Is goat milk and meat a more ethical food choice, and if so, can these industries play an important role in the future of mankind?

BRITISH GOATS is due out July 2019.