101 selfsufficientish books....

101 Uses For is popular and let's hope it stays that way. Our second book is presently called 101 tips for self sufficiency; we will certainly dip into this section for ideas. So post away and let's try and get at least one thread up to 101.
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Post: #53347 Muddypause
Fri Apr 06, 2007 5:06 pm

Wombat wrote:Any of mine that catch your interest Stew?


All of 'em, Nev!

I s'pose the technical stuff is mainly my bag - titles about things like appropriate technology, making tools, woodworking, non-flush toilets...
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Post: #53363 Magpie
Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:03 pm

Out of the molasses jug - Cindy Davis & Elizabeth Mabe (Natural food recipes, gareding charts, grandfather tales, herb lorehints on getting by, and much more) 1974

Cloudburst - a handbook of rural skills and technology - Vic Marks (editor) 1973

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Post: #53386 Wombat
Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:07 am

Mmmmmmm...........Cloudburst!

I found those at our local librabry and photcopied some stuff but have never seen them for sale.

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Post: #53401 Millymollymandy
Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:31 am

Blimey you lot, are you keeping Amazon in profit?! :shock: :shock: :shock: I'm managing with just me gardening and cooking books! and Self-Suffish of course! :cheers:

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Post: #53409 pskipper
Sat Apr 07, 2007 7:15 am

The Forgotten Arts - John Seymour
Forgotten Household Crafts - John Seymour

Both are rather general, giving enough of the concept behing the technique for you to be able to work it out, rather than step by step instructions.

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Post: #53413 Wombat
Sat Apr 07, 2007 8:59 am

Yep PKS they are both good ones.

In a similar vein - The Complete Practcal Book of Country Crafts - Jack Hill.

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Post: #53414 Milims
Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:16 am

Victory Cook Book - Nostalgic food and facts from 1940 - 1945 - Marguerite Patten
Northern Cook Book - Eleanor A Ellis - I picked this up at our local second hand book shop in a hurry, thinkning it was about Northumbrian cooking - it turned out to be about Canadian cookery so I now have a recipe for roasting polalr bears and breaded beaver tails :shock: but there are some other rather wonderful reipes for stuff I can buy at the local shop or grow in the garden or make from the store cupbaord!!!
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Post: #53426 Magpie
Sat Apr 07, 2007 8:25 pm

RE - Cloudburst - I got mine from www.touchwoodbooks.co.nz/ They have a great 2nd hand section.

Must add "The Whole Earth Catalogue - NZ edition" Vols 1 and 2. If you can get a hold of these, or the US ones, go for it!

PS - How on earth do you do quotes on here??!!

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Post: #53466 Millymollymandy
Sun Apr 08, 2007 5:22 am

The quote button is in the top right hand corner of each person's posting. Click on that and you'll go into a 'post a reply' screen. Type your reply but make sure you type outside of the 'Quote' codes that you will see on the screen in front of you, or you posting will get lost inside the other person's quote!

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Post: #53518 Magpie
Sun Apr 08, 2007 9:10 pm

Thanks MMM - I was trying to do it from in the reply page... :roll:

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Post: #53546 Millymollymandy
Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:29 am

Well you can do it that way too, but it gets a lot more complicated!

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Post: #53589 wulf
Tue Apr 10, 2007 7:48 am

How about books that won't teach you anything about how but still make you think?

One of my favourite novels is Earth Abides by George R Stewart. A disease ravages the globe and kills almost everyone; the survivors go from subsisting on the leftovers like tinned goods in the supermarket, to trying to keep alive knowledge of self-sufficiency, to....

I'll say no more, to try and avoid spoilers, but if you enjoy thought-provoking fiction, this is a good one to read.

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Post: #53618 Wombat
Tue Apr 10, 2007 11:19 am

Yep, Wulf!

Alas Babylon! - Pat Frank
No blade of Grass - John Christopher
The Sixth Winter
Down to a Sunless Sea
Anything by Paul Erdman or John Wyndam
A number of novels from Robert Heinlein but Farnhams Freehold is a good start
Atlas Shugged - Ayn Rand (A classic of survivalist literature and like a lot of "classics" I found it overly long and pretty tedious)
Lucifers Hammer - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

I used to read almost nothing else but this sort of literature back in the eighties. My favourites would be Alas Babylon and Lucifers Hammer. I am sure that there is some more recent stuff around though in a similar vein.

Believe it or not I actually happen to have an extra copy of Alas Babylon if anybody wants to have a go at it.

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Post: #53626 contadino
Tue Apr 10, 2007 11:32 am

Oh well, you can't leave out Lord of the Flies by William Golding then. Squeal Piggy Squeal...or was that Deliverance?

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Post: #53632 Wombat
Tue Apr 10, 2007 11:38 am

Ummmmmm.............the pig was a central theme....................but I think that was Deliverance! :3some:
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