The cud life

Co Carlow farmer and author Lorna Sixsmith’s Till the Cows Come Home is the latest in a slew of best-selling books about the cud-chewing quadrupeds

Lorna Sixsmith at her home in Crettyard, Co Carlow Pic; Finbarr O’Rourke

It was The Girl on the Train, or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Today, substitute the word ‘Cow’ for the word ‘Girl’ and you’re on to a good thing from a book publishing perspective. We’ve had Margaret Forster’s unsettling How to Measure a Cow; Rosamund Young’s explicitly bovine, best-selling The Secret Life of Cows; and Irish author John Connell’s debut, The Cow Book, a surprise hit of this year’s spring release schedule.