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The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency [Hardcover]

John Seymour
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1 Sep 2009

Make the break, realise the dream and start living "The Good Life!" with John Seymour

The new edition of this enduring classic from the founding father of modern self-sufficiency, John Seymour, is still the key reference to living off the land.

Covering all the practicals from ploughing fields to milking cows as well as information on how to create an urban organic garden and harness natural energy, this is perfect for anyone aspiring to the self-sufficient lifestyle.

Packed with Seymour's tried-and-tested tips and invaluable nuggets of advice, discover how to reap the harvest, respect the land, stay healthy and waste nothing.


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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405345101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405345101
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 22.8 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Seymour, the acknowledged founding father of the self-sufficiency movement, was an active campaigner for the countryside, the environment, and above all a sustainable, compassionate way of living. He wrote over 40 books and broadcast widely on television and radio. His farm in Wales and later Ireland welcomed visitors seeking guidance on a more self supporting life.

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.

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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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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The new 'How-to' for Dreamers 19 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
The most wonderful book, which tells you just enough about everything you might need to know.

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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this 16 Oct 2011
By Bunty
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book when it was originally printed in about the 70's and although as expected the content is the same as the original, this updated version includes many things that were not around in the 70's!! Great book, great read, great price!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration 18 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book is fantastic. I took a copy out from my local libary, read it from cover to cover then promptly put it on my wishlist for christmas. It's not going to make you an instant expert in all things self sufficient but it will certain inspire you to give it a go and find out more about different espects. Some of the reviews on this page I think seem to expect it to be the one book to rule them all! This is virtually impossible but it does give it a good go. Get it if you want to know how to do the basic techniques required to be self sufficient. The only issue is that it will result in you spending large amounts of money on other books that it has inspired you to find more on the many topics covered.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read if you want Self Sufficiency 1 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book, it shows how to grow pretty much everything from scratch and how to get the most out of your plot no matter what its size. Definitely recommend.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 31 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
Doesn't go by the rules but goes by what has worked for real people. Havig read a book about pig keeping and then reading the pig section in this book, it was good to see two sides - what you are meant to be doing and what works best!

Very informative. I really enjoyed reading about growing food. I am about to buy a smallholding therefore I hope it will prove as a valuable guide!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first and best 5 Sep 2010
By minimus
Format:Hardcover
Back in the 1980s, everyone in my rural neck of the woods had the old paperback copy of this, by John and Sally Seymour - it was something to aspire to, and owning it was the first step to 'coming out' as a smallholder. This new expanded version is more lushly illustrated and still has that encouraging 'you can do this - it's not that difficult' tone, even when guiding the reader step by step through butchering a pig and other fairly esoteric activities. It's a book to dream dreams with, especially if you have a bit of land and some ideals. I'm giving it as a Christmas present to a couple who would like to start up a farmers' co-operative... It gets five stars because it is such fun to read, though I noticed there is no mention of a strimmer [too modern? certainly invaluable on our land] but it does mention the organic way of eradicating bracken... Intrigued? Buy it and start dreaming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, changed my life! 21 Aug 2014
By Nick
Format:Hardcover
This book I would describe as inspirational for would-be farmers. I read the original book back in the mid nineties and it spurred me on to purchase land and create my own small farm.
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 31 July 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
bought as a present my brother who had just bought a smallholding couldn't put it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars another must have book
another great book from John, a must have if you are into self sufficiency
Published 1 month ago by Jesper Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book
Published 1 month ago by Ms. M. Rooney
5.0 out of 5 stars It's wonderful.: )
Buy this book. It's wonderful. :)
Published 2 months ago by robin Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Live it love it buy the book!
Excellent book. Had the original book and loved it until I 'long term loaned' it to a friend. This new one has even more stuff in it and a hard cover to boot. Great value. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ElectronicConsumer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are only even slightly interested in the subject this is the...
Great starter book to introduce you to a whole range of new skills and knowledge.
Published 3 months ago by Graeme Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this book, packed with heaps if information, anything written byJohn Seymour is gold.
Published 3 months ago by Carla Baglieri
5.0 out of 5 stars Self sufficiency
A first class starter guide. Plenty of information on a wide range if topics here. Very helpful indeed. My family love it.
Published 3 months ago by K. Slater
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I need, when I need it
I adore this book! Goes through everything you will need to live self sufficiently and goes through most of the tings you had never even considered... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beckie Mead
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating!
this book is so brilliant. I bought it for my brother one Christmas a few years back. Had a look through it before I gave it to him. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. js allen
5.0 out of 5 stars ideal for the beginner
this book is ideal for the beginner (me included) I bought this book out of curiosity because like many people I have a dream to leave the 'rat race' behind. Read more
Published 11 months ago by hjd
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