The Fat of the Land by John Seymour

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

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.


Read the full introduction by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Paperback with flaps| 210 mm x 156 mm | 198 pages

Illustrated throughout with line drawings by Sally Seymour

Jacket artwork by Alice Pattullo



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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, where 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, and where he also wrote the best-seller The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency.

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Weight350 g
Dimensions18 × 160 × 215 mm


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