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Source: Amazon

Author - Graham Bell
Publisher - Permanent Publications

Permanent Publications says, "Permaculture methods can be applied in the house, the garden, the wider community and on the farm, but it is also a way of life: its lessons and application go far beyond gardening and food growing –  to the way we speak to each other; the way we look after ourselves; the way we keep house; the energy we use and the water we need. Permaculture is not about getting away from it all but taking control of our lives, our individual needs and our common future. Whatever your age and skills, it is a practice rich with practical solutions for creating an enduring and more harmonious way of living."

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Permanent Publications says, "Graham Bell is an internationally renowned speaker, teacher and writer on Permaculture and a range of allied topics. He lives with his wife Nancy in Britain’s longest surviving intentional food forest at Garden Cottage."

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I give this book 7 out of 10 acorns.

That's a low number of acorns, but it's not at all this book's fault!  It would get more acorns from me, if there weren't now, since it was published in 1992, many more books on the topic of Permaculture in day-to-day life. The Permaculture Way is somewhat dated in its references to conditions in the early 90's, some of which have gotten worse (the state of the world) and some better (Permaculture growing year by year in international consciousness). I think it is a useful book still, and it seems to be one of the first Permaculture lifestyle books--a sort of proto- Gaia's Garden. But now, since we have books such as Hemenway's, this small volume can serve well as a very British summary of things to consider about Permaculture vs. modern lifestyles, including the topics of energy, water, and gardening, as one would expect--but also related social aspects of Permaculture.

And that is the part of the book I like the very best, and refer to most often, the chapters covering social topics: Chapter 3: Real Capital--We All Have What it Takes and Chapter 4: Making a Personal Stocktake--You Are Your Best Asset.  After (non-hysterically) outlining the grim scenario of resource destruction in the world today (well- 30 years ago), Bell puts the reader front and center in a consideration of assessing and valuing the contribution s/he can make to the natural world, including the humans in it.

Encouraging and hopeful, the book also has a few cartoons (with understated British humor), and several helpful illustrations and diagrams.

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