- Hardcover: 408 pages
- Publisher: DK (1 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405345101
- ISBN-13: 978-1405345101
- Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 3.3 x 28.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency Hardcover – 1 Sep 2009
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John lived back on his old Pembrokeshire farm with his daughter's family for his last years. He died on September 14, 2004 and is buried in the top field of his old farm in an orchard that he planted.
His legacy lives on, and his books 'The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency' and 'The New Self-Sufficient Gardener' are still best sellers. His more intimate books about his family's self-sufficient life include the classic 'The Fat of the Land', now in its 50th year in print, and its sequel 'I'm a Stranger Here Myself', which is back in print at last.
About the Author
John Seymour, the acknowledged founding father of the self-sufficiency movement, was an active campaigner for the countryside and the environment. Students come from around the world to learn about his lifestyle & philosophies at the centre he established in southern Ireland. He died in 2004.
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Today I still have 18 acres which keeps me active in retirement. Use this book as your starting point, but remember there is only one way to find out how to farm - DO IT!
John Seymour looks at how to be self-sufficient with whatever you have - from a window-box, to 1 acre, to 5 or 10 acres, to 100+ acres. When you are making do with a window-box, this book also provides excellent and realistic day-dreaming opportunities about upgrading to a real smallholding!
He obviously knows what he is talking about - there is no wasted space, or idle talk. Every sentence not only useful but interesting. Even the most experienced farmer could learn something new here, as the book covers a vast range of skills for life, from preparing land and growing food to butchering animals and storing food. The book is well laid-out, with line-drawn colour illustrations which are very helpful.
Now in a very shiny new edition, which is much like the last in most ways, this fantastically loveable book will tell you all you need to know about anything from ploughing fields to milking cows - to how to create an urban organic garden. The best bit of it is John Seymour's very knowledgeable but always readable, engaging writing style.
This book is very matter of fact and doesn't preach the virtues of the good life, but you will find yourself wanting it. It's like a detailed instruction book for something that you very much want to buy.
The book contains everything from growing your first salad plants in a box on your windowsill all the way up to keeping a 5 or more acre holding (5 acres is the magic number that should support a family) complete with cows, sheep, chickens, bees and all manner of edible plants. There is also detail on wind and water energy, solar power and reducing impact on the environment by farming sustainably in harmony with nature.
This book is very accessible with excellently structured text, useful diagrams and inspirational illustrations. I found out later that the original edition of this and its sister book the Self Sufficient Gardener helped to launch Dorling Kingsley as a publisher and many of their encyclopaedic works have followed the format ever since. Despite its size the book is easy to pick up and read for a few minutes as pure escapism, I have lost track of how many time I must have read about setting up a milking shed or draining a field!
I would recommend this book whether you have only a windowsill to build a dream on and definitely if you are lucky enough to have some land that you would like to put to good use.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Emphasis on the word complete in the title. There was so much stuff in here more than you could do in a lifetime.Published 18 days ago by Eyenation
A must have if you have a farm and wish to be self sufficient.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Classic wisdom from John Seymour..beautifully written and illustrated. Well pleased with the extra 100 pages of kitchen garden information also.Published 9 months ago by Tara Skakie
Very comprehensive read. Not the easiest to dip into but would reccomendPublished 10 months ago by Michael Drake