- Hardcover: 408 pages
- Publisher: DK (1 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405345101
- ISBN-13: 978-1405345101
- Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 3.1 x 28.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency Hardcover – 1 Sep 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
The book played a large part in my growing up, and as my dad has since loaned his copy out never to get it back, felt it was time to replace it for him.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We have used this as our bible to running our smallholding. A wonderful book with beautiful pictures. As it says on the cover great for realists and dreamers!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book as a birthday present for my retired father after reading about it in a news article about self sufficiency. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had the previous edition of this book and like this updated version even better. A comprehensive and informative book.Published 5 months ago by Lizzyloo
My mum had a copy while I was growing up and it was already one of my favourite book then. I'd read pages while fantasising that one day, I'd be a self-sufficient farmer. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ems Riddles
Good service from this vendor. This book saved me a fortune by giving me ways to self-help for free.Published 6 months ago by John Cox-Woolven
Full of useful information and a great read even if smallholding is just a dream, there's plenty of content that can be applied to life wherever you live.Published 7 months ago by Anuverun