I bought this on the recommendation of an RHS gardening magazine I picked up in a hospital waiting room. The concept is fascinating; creating a garden that is producing food at every level, from the treetops down to root vegetables. The book, though, is a total let-down. The first 40 odd-pages are wasted tree-pulp; if I'd wanted a biography of the author I'd have looked for one. This from someone who spends the rest of the book tub-thumping for ecology & sustainability! Frankly, it would have been better titled with the sub-title, "Rediscovering Nature & Community in a Post-industrial Age". That alone should give you a fair indication of the nature of the book. It's a christian & vegan infected (& I quite deliberately choose "infected" over "infused"!) polemic of Green meanderings.
Don't get me wrong; if I wasn't Green-inclined myself, I'd never have been interested in the subject in the first place. But I want a practical guide on how to create a productive, sustainable, chemical free, low maintenance garden, in my case in a fairly small space. Instead, I get a lot of useless pseudo-philosophy, pseudo-science, & starry-eyed optimism.
The practical information in this book is almost entirely confined to the Appendices at the back and, to be perfectly honest, that is simply some brief information on flora, which is probably freely available as part of another source. In fact, it is! It's called "How to make a Forest Garden" by Patrick Whitefield. Luckily for me, I'd ordered it at exactly the same time as this one. If I'd only bought this effort, I'd possibly never have investigated the subject any further. I'd award this No Stars if I could. Save your money for something useful and, just as the author would have wanted, save a tree or two at the same time - DON'T buy this!!