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It's Not Easy Being Green: One Family's Journey Towards Eco-friendly Living Paperback – 1 Jan 2009


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (1 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563539259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563539254
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dick & James Strawbridge are experts in the Good Life - and it's the life they've led at Newhouse Farm, their smallholding in Cornwall, in the southwest of England. On just 3 acres of land in the midst of a village they've produced an abundance of good things to eat and drink: fruits and vegetables that they eat fresh, juice, ferment and preserve, pigs for ham, sausages, salamis and bacon, a mixed flock of birds for eggs and eating, and bees for honey - to name a few. It's been a lifestyle driven by their desire to eat well every day. Dick & James appear regularly on TV in the UK and Australia. The whole family featured on the BBC's It's Not Easy Being Green, which documented their move to Newhouse Farm. Dick is a regular host of C4's Scrapheap Challenge, contributes frequently to Coast on the BBC and last year came 2nd place on the BBC's Celebrity Masterchef, showcasing his cooking talent. Dick & James will appear together on ITV1's The Hungry Sailors from Spring 2012, and there's more to come. When they're not on location, tending the garden, feeding the animals or cooking and eating, they're spreading the word and sharing what they've learned. Previous books include It's Not Easy Being Green (BBC Books) and Practical Self-Sufficiency (DK).

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"an inspirational guide to a greener, and hopefully, more rewarding future" (Manchester Evening News)

"...for most of us it genuinely isn't always easy being green; the book's strength is to confirm that it is always worth trying" (Gardens Illustrated)

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An updated paperback edition of Dick Strawbridge's bestselling guide to eco-living - published to coincide with series 3 of his popular show

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Isobel Sticklee on 23 Jun. 2006
Format: Hardcover
A brilliant book with a lot more information than the TV programme. It's a nice change to have a book about a family wanting to live an environmentally aware life, rather than a eco-warriors telling us to go live in a teepee. Although many of the things they have done with their house are not possible for many of us, it gives good links and advice on how to alter your life without losing the comforts of 21st century. Strawbridge covers many issues around questioning how we live our lives when it comes to energy and food without jumping to traditional hippie view points.

Not only does it give good advice, he and his family came across as a decent bunch and this comes through as it's very easy to read and use for reference. I even managed to understand the engineering side of things.

The only fault with the book is that it could have been proof read a little better as there are a few typos, but that doesn't matter when you get to see photos of that amazing moustache.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mouse on 8 Dec. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I expected a book with loads of practical hints and tips to get me started on a similar path, but it isn't that at all. It's really a more permanent record of the Strawbridge family's own experience and as such is accurate and evokes the feeling of the programme. There are web addresses, etc. and I've bought stuff from some of them; I also found some inspiration to become more 'green' through reading it, but I do think it should have been made clear, when the book was touted at the end of the programmes, that it wasn't meant to be a practical manual. Nevertheless it is an enjoyable and inspiring read, even though most of us could never do things on the same scale...
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By NK on 1 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I think some of the reviewers have missed the point, don't think this book is supposed to be a technical manual there's plenty of those elsewhere. It's more a thought provoking set of ideas to get you going. Combined with the show it's certainly changed a lot of my thoughts and made me actually get up and install a rainwater harvesting system, start to grow some of my own veg in pots and growbags on a deck together with recyling nearly all my rubbish! so it worked for me!

It's a great read and written by a real family, highly recommended!
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Cartmell on 11 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
Just like the TV series, the Strawbridge family make being semi-self-sufficient and green all look such good fun in this book.
The book is a light-hearted read, not a boring text book, and covers a lot of subjects in a very practical manner. It is illustrated with plenty of high-quality photos and some fun sketched diagrams. There's a useful list of resources at the back for those wanting more detailed information.
Just like John Seymour's books, reading this will get you seriously planning your move to somewhere with a few acres and a stream for that water wheel.
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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Green-Boy on 18 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
Like the TV series on which it's based, this book favours quips and smug self-satisfaction over an in-depth look at the potentially fascinating projects that the family Strawbridge undertook.

99% of us aren't going to be able to build our own water-wheels or put a large wind-turbine in our back garden. Nevertheless it would have been interesting to get an in-depth look at precisely how to do this and how much power you can generate for the environmental costs (such as your concrete footing etc.) Some proper analysis of the viability and environmental impact of various projects would have been nice. All in all, a missed opportunity.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon Sherlock on 8 May 2006
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This book is a great addition to the TV series and also a fantastic resource of links and phone numbers for various companies that can help us become more green.

It's also an easy read that gives everybody the information to start living a greener life wherever and however they choose to lead that life. And what's really good about it is it can be read independantly of the series making it a great book to own on the subject long after the series is finished.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By H. M. Pidgeon on 1 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
I could not put this book down. It is written in the same tones that he talks and it makes very enjoyable reading. It is more that 'food for thought', it is something that everyone needs to read and digest. Not only has the book got the details that we all want(and not being too stuffy) but it also lists the costs of the projects and the contact details. I am glad i bought the book and you will too!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Gilbert on 10 July 2008
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This is not a TV family undertaking a lifestyle change for the benefit of the cameras. This is real people, taking positive steps towards a green lifestyle. I loved the series and whilst we cannot all find a property with a waterwheel and spring, we can adpt many of the principles and projects that the Strawbridge family have done.

Everything we do has an impact on the environment and being aware of this, taking time and effort to green up our lifestyle, is a very rewarding experience. As a result of reading this book we have made changes, saved money, saved energy, and eaten some delicious home-grown vegetables. So I feel quite smug and jolly pleased that I bought this book.
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