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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602391637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602391635
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 16.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,343,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan and Gill Bridgewater have gained an international reputation as producers of highly successful gardening and DIY books on a range of subjects, including garden design, ponds and patios, stone and brickwork, decks and decking, and household woodworking. They have also contributed to several international magazines. They live in Rye, East Sussex. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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If you wish to become completely self-sufficient, it is no good just casually playing around with the idea; you are going to have to become passionate about the whole notion - obsessional even - to the point where it begins to be a fantasy that takes over your whole life. Read the first page
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By backyardfarmer on 11 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an incredibly useful guide if you want to be more self-sufficient. It has sections on generating your own power, recycling, organic gardening, animal husbandry, brewing and preserving produce. The layout of the book is very clean-looking with simple, clear diagrams. I have looked at a number of different books on self-sufficiency and this is definitely one of the best.
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51 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Peter Shield VINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
As summer draws it damp way toward autumn and work once again raises its ugly head, dreams of stepping off the treadmill and opting for a simple life cross an increasing number of people's minds.

Downsizing, that most corporate sounding word, is becoming an oft talked about alternative to the ever increasing stress of modern urban living. Ditching the overpriced, and massively over mortgaged flat, throwing the Blackberry in the river and heading for the hills for a simpler life has never been so appealing. The idea buying or renting a small place in the country, whether in this country or another, and setting up a small holding or more ethical business looks very appealing on when your stuck in another traffic jam on the M5, late for a meeting, with a to do list that is eating half your laptop's memory.

The only problem is, of course, is that the decree in business and economics and a life of urban living means often that the skill set we have are tangential to a self sufficient life style. Even a complete DVD set of `The Good Life' will only give you the sense of humour necessary for a new beginning.

Luckily however the support, whether it be in advice found on the net, the neighbours, books and courses are extensive- and you are going to need all of them at one time or another. If you think you live a technology filled life now then think again, there is a huge difference between using sophisticated technology and building so called `low' technology, and at first sight it is the `low' technology which is much more complicated.

There's a saying in architecture that the most serious mistakes are made right at the beginning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 555 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Feb. 2013
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Not that i would like a disaster to wipe out most of the population, but with this book you could move on and be 100% self sufficient, but of course it would involve a lot of hard work.
Very practical information in this book and useful even in today's modern world as we all forgot the old ways already.
I recommend this book to everyone who would like to have more knowledge then just how to go to a shop and buy ready to eat food.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pippy C on 4 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
My friend lent me her copy of this book and it was so useful and informative I had to buy my own copy. Buy this book whether you want to be self sufficient or just have a go at growing your own veg etc in a small garden. There are useful tips covering all areas of growing your own whether it is veg or meat! Excellent and written so that even "normal" folk can understand it! A useful "bible" that will be consulted in our house for many years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mr i r lucas on 24 Dec. 2012
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Crammed full of useful or just plain interesting stuff to inspire you to start a new life in the country.
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