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Publication Date: 16 Aug 2018
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 48
Author: Stephen Cottrell
ISBN-13: 9780281078028, 9780281078035

The Sleepy Shepherd

A Timeless Retelling of the Christmas Story
By Stephen Cottrell
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The Sleepy Shepherd is so dozy he completely misses the visit of the angels . . . and the chance to greet the Christ-child in Bethlehem. But one crucial night, years later, he makes an important decision – to be a real shepherd to a man whose friends have all fallen asleep . . . Utterly enchanting, The Sleepy Shepherd glows with colour, with each spread featuring a luminous mixed-media collage by Brighton-based illustrator Chris Hagan. Children and adults alike will love reading this heart-warming, timeless story – at Christmas and all the year round.
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About the Author
STEPHEN COTTRELL is Bishop of Chelmsford and was formally Bishop of Reading. A hugely popular and entertaining speaker, he has written widely about spirituality and art. Among his recent books are The Things He Did, Walking Backwards to Christmas and Christ in the Wilderness: Reflecting on the paintings by Stanley Spencer (2012), all published by SPCK.

CHRIS HAGAN is a Brighton-based artist who works in a mixed media collage and paint technique. He is especially drawn to old folk tales and his illustrations have appeared in Brighton: The Graphic Novel (QueenSpark Books, 2013) and will feature in forthcoming storybooks for children. He has a popular shop on Folksy (

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