The Fat of the Land by John Seymour

John Seymour details the challenges and successes of his family’s life of self sufficiency. The twentieth century’s seminal account of living separately from the modern world, a practical an optimistic vision of how one can lead a less-mechanised, less-polluting life.

‘A model for anyone who feels powerless against the strong tides of modern, “developed” life.’ Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall  

Read the full introduction by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Paperback with flaps| 198 pages| illustrated throughout

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John Seymour (1914-2004) was an ecological pioneer who championed the cause of living simply. A prolific author and activist in the self-sufficiency movement, Seymour travelled widely in his youth in Africa, India and around the waterways of Britain. In the late 1950s he settled in Suffolk on a remote five-acre smallholding. His aim was to live as cheaply as possible and to support his young family by living off the land. In 1963 the Seymours moved to a larger farm in Pembrokeshire, Wales, giving them more scope to practice their ideas. It was here that Seymour wrote the best-seller The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency, which made him famous. In 1981 he moved to a smallholding in County Wexford, Ireland. Finally he returned to Pembrokeshire, where he died on the family farm.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a chef, food writer and campaigner, whose River Cottage books and television shows have made him a household name. He campaigns for animal welfare, sustainable food production and the environment.

Sally Seymour, who drew the cover, was born in London and brought up in Australia, where she studied illustration. She grew her food, made her clothes, built her house and raised a family while working as a successful potter and illustrator. She now lives in Pembrokeshire with her daughter, Anne.

The cover shows a detail from The Gardener, by Sally Seymour, coloured by Alice Pattullo.