A Little Piece of England: A Tale of Self-Sufficiency

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A Little Piece of England, tells the tale of how the author's family, living in a sliver of countryside in London's commuter belt, came, over some ten years, to make itself, in its 'spare time', self-sufficient in its requirements of milk, meat, eggs, vegetables and some fruit. The book can be read in two ways. One way is for those, particularly urban folk, who are interested in growing their own food or contemplating a life style founded on their own smallholding. In this way, it is a book for those who wonder about the practicalities of living in a self contained, permacultural way and for those who dream of making their own bread or even, perhaps, of eating their own mutton stewed with their own onions and carrots. The other way is for those, perhaps particularly anglophiles in other lands, who are in harmony with the stubborn, Saxon streak which runs strongly in the character and culture of the English. The streak which showed itself when London was fire-bombed night after night in the early 1940s and also when John's self-taught grandfather told his children 'You don't know what you can do until you try to do it'.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
CHAPTER
17
CHAPTER THREE
31
CHAPTER FIVE
51
CHAPTER SEVEN
67
CHAPTER NINE
86
CHAPTER ELEVEN
110
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
127
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
147
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
165
CHAPTER NINETEEN
185
CHAPTER TWENTY
201
Afterword
221
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About the author (2014)

JOHN JACKSON was born in 1929 in rural Devon, England, close to where he lives today. He is an established author, lawyer, businessman, and political and constitutional campaigner.

DANIELA JAGLENKA TERRAZZINI is an illustrator whose work has appeared in galleries worldwide. Since beginning her career as an illustrator, Daniela's clients have included Running Press, Chronicle Books, Bottle Green, Crabtree and Evelyn, Bloomsbury, Harper Collins, MacMillan, Marks and Spencer and Puffin. Her contemporary take on classic style has allowed Daniela to take on some very challenging picture books. The Seeing Stick (Running Press) and The Animals Marco Polo Saw (Chronicle) have attracted much industry acclaim.

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