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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 (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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This might make a pleasant gift for someone interested in this subject, but it comes across as very dated, and most of the information it contains can be found online in far better detail. It does provide an overview of everything from how to thatch a roof to how to butcher a chicken, (without stunning it first!) but for anyone with a serious interest in self-sufficiency, a book about permaculture would be a lot more useful and inspiring.
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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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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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I purchased the first issue of this book and was won over, John Seymore, knows his stuff and the layout of this book is perfect, just right for a Sunday afternoon read, or a serious hands on small holder. The latest version of the book has extra content, detailing mainly growing food, the stuff we all need, so well worth having in my eyes.

The Book would also make a fine gift to anyone who has an allotment, really use full ideas and tips.
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