A Midsummer Nights Dream by Patrick Noble
Patrick Noble is an organic farmer living in Wales. He has published five previous books on green issues.
His website and blog about his organic farm can be seen at http://www.bryncocynorganic.co.uk/
In this book he writes with passion about the ways of establishing a greener more convivial world. Drawing on some of the radical ideas of Ivan Illich he sets his argument firmly in today's world of multi-nationals and global transport.
Patrick Noble's writings preserve the organic movement's authentic radical spirit
Dr. Philip Conford, author of The Development of the Organic Network. (Dr. Confords extended and very positive review of A Midsummer Nights Dream will appear in the Spring edition of The Organic Grower, journal of The Organic Growers' Alliance.)
For Noble, [today's economic] system is a fantasy which only the reckless use of accumulated energy reserves makes possible. As our profligacy reaps its harvest of collapsing infrastructure, we shall need, urgently, to recover the skills which writers like H. J. Massingham, or advocates of self-sufficiency like John Seymour, celebrated. And we shall need to make a civilised transition to a convivial society in which we learn the problems and pleasures of dealing with an often recalcitrant natural world..
Dr Philip Conford on Patrick Noble's previous book, A Potent Nostalgia (2013).
Could we dream of a better world? Do we have the imagination to link happiness to places, people closely to our planet? These are epic times, and Patrick Noble sets out how to explore the routes to conviviality we may have forgotten we desire. Creating greener economies will take remarkable effort. Here then, are some brave solutions.
Professor Jules Pretty, author of The Edge of Extinction, This Luminous Coast and The Earth Only Endures..
A beautifully produced softback book of 350 pages.