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The New Complete Book Of Self Sufficiency

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  555 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Make the break, realise the dream and start living 'The Good Life!' Packed with comprehensive information on all the practicals, from ploughing fields to milking cows, as well as new information on how to create an urban organic garden and harness natural energy. This new and revised full-colour edition of the illustrated classic is an engrossing read and a wonderful handb ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published April 3rd 2003 by Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd (first published 2003)
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Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Polly by: Brian McCann
Shelves: green-eco
Seriously. This book is why I can make butter and why I tried it. This book is why I know how to make lye soap. This book is how I know what life was like in older times. This book is how I know how to build a five tree orchard and that pigs like to hang out there and gather the over ripe fruit. This book is how I know what to feed chickens (if my husband ever lets me get some). And this book is one that has a special place on my shelf for any question I may ever have. The best advice from this ...more
Guion Pratt
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book includes the phrase "The first lion I ever shot..." THE FIRST. And he was just talking about making soap. ...more
Shirley Revill
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
My all time favourite book that is on my to read another day shelf.
Packed with knowledge about complete self sufficiency in the garden.
From growing fruit and veg to keeping livestock.
Really love this book it is a treasure trove of information.
Highly recommended.
Nov 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This book covers absolutely everything, with detailed diagrams, from making bricks to slaughtering pigs :(, from building a windmill, to choosing and eating wild plants, milking goats, managing springs, arranging a workshop for maximum efficiency...I could go on. This is an absolute bible for anyone seriously interested in "doing it themselves." Although I marked this as read, I'll be reading this for years. It'll sit on the shelf alongside my very battered, very loved, How to Cook Everything. ...more
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-shelf
This book is wonderful first primer in this fascinating subject. It is full of invaluable information and wonderful anecdotes. Beautifully illustrated and a wonderful addition to my library.
Joshua Tucker
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Hardcover.
Loved the contents, but even for its size, I wish it went even deeper on the details of everything. Probably this is only due to me being content-facts-numbers thirsty and if it was like that it would probably bore other people.
I love the images and drawings too, it sure shows the love we feel for the country.
Nov 20, 2007 marked it as to-read
When I was in England over the summer, I stayed at my friend Jamie's house, which was a little cottage in the New Forest. I admired his vegetable plot, and he showed me this book, and we talked about building a dry toilet, and he demonstrated a tool that he'd made himself that was a replica of a tool that they used in the Middle Ages and that you can use to make chair legs and bedposts. Jamie is great. ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Bible of self-sufficiency! It goes in depth about everything you want to know about the subject. Yes, it’s a little old, it was written in the 70s. But it’s better, I think, to see how things were done when we were slightly less dependent on non-renewable resources.

As far as I know, there is no other book on the subject that does a better job than this one.

It’s a shame though that there is such an extensive chapter on slaughter. I feel like self-sufficiency can more easily rely on legumes a
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Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderful book. Informative illustrations and wide coverage of topics. Most topics are covered only briefly and serve more as a starting point than a comprehensive guide. The writing style is personal and author is very opinionated on everything and not shy of sharing. I'd prefer the guides to be written more matter-of-factly.

The book ends with an admission that living in a group of people who specialise is better. This doesn't detract from the message: you'll be happier if you do more things fo
Christine Kenney
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Awesome reference. It got a bit bogged down in the gardening section for those of us not gardening in UK soil/climate/prevalent pest conditions, but in general, Seymour has some impressive skills at succinctly summarizing what you need to know to get started in disciplines that have few remaining craftsmen to apprentice with and might take decades to fully master.
Rachael Macgregor
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: simple-living
Love this book for just daydreaming. I'm not ever going to be fit enough to do this, but it's all great advice. In a way, you can extrapolate the principles and use them in your own life to increase your self sufficiency. I have a small veg garden and definitely learned some applicable tips on efficiency, thinking ahead to the various seasons and using space wisely. ...more
Joel Davis-Ward
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-farming
One of my favourite books. Truly inspiring, especially in terms of how much can be achieved in a small area. I'd recommend it to anyone considering home/farmsteading, or to those who are already doing it and want to up their game. ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good practical guide to all things self-sufficient, interesting reading.
A good foundation in most areas and some interesting ideas
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Some things seem a little out of date at the moment, but overall a good read.
Rebecca Arp
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
this book has me unbelievably excited about gardening/farming/being self sustainable and living on a commune w my fellow gays
Suzanne Bhargava
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
A useful and inviting reference book on doing it yourself whether you plan to go totally off grid or not.

Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
From setting up Solar pannels to making cheese Seymour provides plenty of different ways to provide for yourself. Not just this though the book sets forward a philosophy that going back to the land is not going back in time but rather progression.
Instead of buying clothes from sweatshops why not provide for yourself? Doing so you are not just learning a skill but also helping environmentally and in the process not providing such corporations with a profit.
This book is also bolstered by some gre
نونو غودينو
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book teach it a lot you should read it it is ppossible to live out of system
Victoria E. Keen
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-garden
This was, in fact, the original "Good Life" book and very much a breakthrough in writing about self-sufficiency. This is the updated version, which stays very true to the original philosophy - in fact, not that much has changed at all except for the fact that some sections have been updated to fit our newer, more modern lives.

This is the first book we bought on self-sufficiency and it's really the only one we still refer to! I would recommend it to anyone who wants the good life - either complet
Jul 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any and Everyone on the face of the Earth
Wow. This book is probably the most informative piece of literature I have ever read. It's like the handbook on "How to Live a Fulfilling Life." I think everyone, at some point in their lives, should read it. ...more
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is crazy - everything you need to know about surviving off of what you can produce yourself. It's not something you can sit down and just read (well, I guess you could, but it's a lot of info.) I'm excited to study from it more. ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is truely a complete book of how to become self sufficient. It has been and still is very helpful to me and anyone who wants to be self suffient regardless of to what extend should definitely read this book.
Feb 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Grew up with this book when Mum was starting her small holding and now it's beginning to guide us. Lessons from the 1st edition still apply today ...more
Sep 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a library copy and I must buy one for myself, it's the kind of book one wants to annote, one that will take some wear-and-tear. A great resource. ...more
Iain Watson
New Complete Self-sufficiency by John Seymour (2003)
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A classic on self-sufficiency. Has lots of chapters on meat - if you're a vegetarian, only a few chapters of this book will be useful - for example, the chapter on food preserving. ...more
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Too opinionated and too country specific. (not my country)
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant but not 100% practical in Finland.
Gaz Watson
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
An ace book, one day I hope to be in a position where i can use this book as my guide to life.
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John Seymour was an idealist - he had a vision of a better world where people aren't alienated from their labours. As a young man, he travelled all over Africa and fought in Burma in World War II. Returning penniless to England, he lived in a trolley bus and on a Dutch sailing barge before settling on a five-acre smallholding in Suffolk to lead a self-sufficient life. He continued this lifestyle w ...more

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