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A Greener Life: The Modern Country Compendium [Hardcover]

Clarissa Dickson Wright , Johnny Scott
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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31 Oct 2005
If you want to help conserve natural resources, leave a better planet for future generations and give your family a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle, it’s time to take steps towards A Greener Life. In this new book, Clarissa and Johnny have produced a comprehensive beginner’s guide to becoming more self-sufficient in your everyday life – no matter where you live.

Here is everything you need to know to play your part in the green revolution, from growing food to keeping chickens; from natural remedies to alternative energies. Every subject is explored with techniques, practical advice and colour photography so that you can take sustainable living as far as you want to, from small changes in everyday habits… to keeping a household cow! Clarissa and Johnny are passionate countryside campaigners and their experience and wit make this a fascinating, as well as practical, guide to the good life.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie (31 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185626534X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856265348
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 23.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Clarissa Dickson Wright found fame alongside Jennifer Paterson as one half of the much-loved TV cooking partnership Two Fat Ladies. She is the author of the bestselling memoirs Spilling the Beans and her latest, Rifling Through My Drawers, as well as many cookery books including Clarissa's Comfort Food and the soon to be published Potty - Clarissa's One Pot Cookbook. She is also a passionate supporter of the Countryside Alliance and of rural life and lives a little in London but mostly in Scotland.

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"a bible for anyone who is seeking a less wasteful life" -- Metro, 28 October 2005

"a priceless addition to the bookshelves and... a timely helping hand for Mother Earth" -- The Field, Jan 06

"a robust approach to country life" -- Observer Food Monthly, November 05

a useful guide... lots of invaluable country lore and wisdom -- The Lady, October 05

clear and commonsensical -- The Sunday Times (Scotland edition) 16 October 05

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The Green Outdoors
Gardening Wildlife Livestock and Pets Community

The Green You
Making and creating Preserves and breadmaking Home brewing

The Green House
Alternative energies Natural paints Organic fabrics Plants

So whether you fancy mushroom picking, making your own bath oils, learning to knit, pickling your produce or making honey, Clarissa and Johnny will inform and inspire – as well as entertain – with historical information, anecdotes, handy tips and gorgeous recipes along the way.

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4.3 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An lovely book 10 July 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a lovely book and a well-written, factual and sometimes amusing taster of the easy ways we can take a few steps towards a greener life. The recipes are good, and the projects well explained and easy to follow.

It is the sort of book you can pick up and browse at any time and feel a warm glow that all is well with the world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspiring 16 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly recommend this book and bought the hardback version a few years ago. I regularly refer to it, or just browse through the excellent photographs when I need to get back down to earth after a frustrating day at work. Do you have books like that? I get a warm glow from knowing that I am doing what I can to lead a greener, healthier life and that the hustle of the corporate career ladder, tearing rush of the commute, and shocking materialism count for nothing compared to what life really should be like.

As well as the excellent text and pictures, there are some delicious recipes and inspiring ideas for hobbies.

Well written and illustrated, useful and practical I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in leading a greener life or already does but needs some fresh inspiration.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting, but lacking in some areas 17 Sep 2007
This book is very nice to look at, and covers lots of ground: growing your own veg, keeping livestock, some cooking and preserving and a few household tips. It is a great starting point for those wanting to find out what older generations knew, but many brits seem to have lost. It is, however, not a book that covers everything, and although, for example, it is a good place to start looking for veg gardening ideas, a book solely dedicated to it may be better if this is what you are after.
If a coffee table book, that you can browse from time to time, is what you are after this is very good. It is also a good starting point for the complete beginner wanting to live 'the good life'. It is well written and presented, and does have very useful and interesting information.
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