living on a afrm as a youngster this book brought many happy memories. highly recommend this, enjoyable read ,just one word of advice,if you read it in bed like i did expect a poke or two in the back........cause youl wake the mrs laughing !!!! :-)
This is the book that inspired "The Good Life" TV series, and is a fascinating and wonderful insight into the life of John Seymour as he becomes self-sufficient. It is the most uplifting and entertaining book and I would recommend it to everybody.
There are lots of glowing Amazon reviews for Seymour's more practical 'Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency' but none for this, his earlier account of his family's almost accidental move to the self-sufficient lifestyle. I would urge everyone to read it. Seymour has a wonderfully opinionated take on life, and sometimes comes across as slightly gloating about his achievements - but then he has right to be! From finding a run-down cottage to running a five acre holding in several entertaining chapters, this really is one for the urban dreamer - my previously sceptical partner read it cover to cover in two days! A truly inspiring read. I would be glad to hear from anyone else who enjoyed this book and is now harbouring self-sufficient dreams!
A look at how things used to be done. A wonderfull account of John Seymour's life. A great read for anyone contenplating a self sufficent lifestyle or anyone with even a small front garden. I am so pleased that it has been reprinted.
I would recommend this book to anyone. If you intend to do a tiny bit or a lot of things for yourself you should read this book, its the best insight into real life I think along with the complete guide to self suffiency, its one of the best reads ever.
Great book and tells a great story with some sound advice along the way. It's a collection of memories - Not a 'how to' manual - so I wouldn't read it with the ambition of being able to do exactly what JS did. But he has a unique viewpoint (albeit of its time) and tells it well. The afterword is also brilliantly written in my view.