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The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency Hardcover – 1 Sep 2009

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Product details

  • 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 (91 customer reviews)
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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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If bought this for my son's birthday and he is very pleased with it. Thank you.
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Learnt a lot
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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!
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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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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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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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The New complete book of Self-Sufficency is truly an improvement over John Seymour's first edition. It is a beautifully written and well designed garderners book. The illustrations are fabulous, the information easy to locate when you need to find out a fact on a specific plant, and it is just a joy to thumb through. R. Sidley
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