a simpler life el pocito header booksa simpler life el pocito booksBOOKS were our original source inspiration when searching for a simpler way of life.  Now they form one of the cornerstones of what we do each day, publishing our own.  The earliest editions, covering our time in the UK, are available as a downloadable pdf (for free) on the how it all began page.  The more recent are here, some as original paper copies, the rest as free downloads.  We do not believe anyone should profit from information, so the only charge made for the paper copies is to cover postage.

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TREAD SOFTLY BECAUSE YOU TREAD ON MY DREAMS

Maureen Rooksby

The story of our nine year journey to find El Pocito.  Impossible to put down once you’ve started.  Click here to download a copy in pdf format.

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ISLANDS OF ABANDONMENT – Life in the Post-Human Landscape

Cal Flyn

If you only ever read one more book, make sure it is this.  Not just because it bunks permaculture, rewilding, and reforesting, but puts mass extinction into perspective.  This is our wake-up call, to enjoy what little time we have left.

THE WAY HOME: TALES FROM A LIFE WITHOUT TECHNOLOGY

Mark Boyle

This is the book I should have written, but have nowhere close the literary talent.  If you want to feel what a simple life is really about, this is the one to read.  

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THE MONEYLESS MANIFESTO

Mark Boyle

Contains all the reasons why we must ditch money now.  A must-have reference.

a simple life el pocito books shelterSHELTER

Lloyd Kahn

This is the book that got me started on the alternative path.  I came across it by accident (or because it was so huge) in COMPENDIUM BOOKS, Camden Town, in the days when real bookshops still existed, not chains.  It was so radical and full of stuff I am still amazed there are bits I have yet to read/ see.  If you can get a copy do, to remind you of what life and saving the planet is all about.  You won’t be disappointed.

a simpler life el pocito books home workHOME WORK

Lloyd Kahn

My favourite so far in the Shelter series (on alternative house building).  Packed full of inspiration, I never tire of dipping into it.  Essential reading.

a simpler life el pocito books tiny homesTINY HOMES

Lloyd Kahn

Up to the usual high Shelter standard, with examples of small owner-built homes from all around the world (including the UK).  Essential reading.

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SMALL HOMES/ The Right Size

Lloyd Kahn

Includes four pages dedicated to El Pocito.

 

a simpler life el pocito books building a low impact roundhouse

BUILDING A LOW IMPACT ROUNDHOUSE

Tony Wrench

Even if you ever thought you could never build your own home you have to read this, simply to get a proper sense of perspective on what is really necessary.  I loved it, his humour is brilliant.  We need everyone to act more like Tony and his partner Faith. 

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THE MAN WHO QUIT MONEY

Mark Sundeen

When I was a teenager ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE was the book that changed lives.  This is for the next generation.  The story of Daniel Suelo, who quit using money in 2000 (the same year we left the UK) and hasn’t felt the need to change that decision since.  Makes fools out of the rest of us who claim to be living lightly.  It is the most life-changing book I have ever read. 

a simpler life el pocito books a simpler kind of livingA SIMPLER KIND OF LIVING – THE HANDBOOK

Phil Rooksby

For those who prefer their information in hard copy (us included) here are some of the pages from this website in 2012, ready to print and make into an A6 booklet (106 pages).  Click here to download the pdf file.

a simpler life el pocito books monkey and sofia knitting bookMONKEY & SOFIA KNITTING BOOK

Maureen Rooksby

Aimed at all levels of knitters (from beginner upwards), and features some of the toys from our catalogue.  Sadly there are no physical copies left but a screen version is available, to download click here, or I can arrange a print quality download if you get in touch.

a simpler life el pocito books step by stepSTEP-BY-STEP, HOW TO FEEL A LOT HAPPIER,
HEALTHIER, AND MORE FULFILLED

Phil Rooksby

Similar to A SIMPLER LIVING but condensed into a leaflet to give away.  Click here to download the printable pdf.

a simpler life el pocito books my kind of lifeMY KIND OF LIFE

Phil Rooksby

This hard copy book describes our life in North Yorkshire, how we learnt to become self-sufficient.  Packed with practical information and illustrated.  Hard copy only, for the price of postage.

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COTTAGE ECONOMY

William Cobbett

Published in 1821, this is as apt now as a primer for self-sufficiency as it was then.

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BROTHER TO THE OX

Fred Kitchen

Absolutely incredible account of sustainable life in the early 20th Century.  Showing exactly how little we actually need to live well.

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BACK TO THE FOREST

Winifred Foley

A family leave London during the Second World War to live a simpler life.  Inspiring.

a simpler life el pocito books a reasonable lifeA REASONABLE LIFE

Ferenc Máté

This is another book I’ve been trying to write.  So good I read it from cover to cover in half a day.  Ever thought life was passing you by?  Here are all the reasons you’ll ever need to prove it and start anew.  The simpler, healthier, and more rewarding way.

a simpler life el pocito books shirley-anne hardySTOLEN LAND – STOLEN LIVES, AND THE GREAT CON TRICK OF DEBT!

Shirley-Anne Hardy

Long-awaited sequel to BIRTHRIGHT IN LAND, BY WILLIAM OGILVIE… AND THE STATE OF SCOTLAND TODAY (1999/ Peregrine Press/ ISBN 0-9535426-0-2).  Both available through inter-library loans, or from any high-street bookshop (Peregrine Press/ ISBN 978-0-9535426-1-1).

a simpler life el pocito books wolfclawTHE WOLFCLAW CHRONICLES

Tom Bryan

A friend sent me a copy of this, a modern-day thriller.  Combining the mystery of when the last wolf was killed in Scotland, and the continuing struggle to return the land back to those who were forced off it in the clearances.  Has become one of my favourites.  You can get a copy direct from the author by emailing him at tbryan@tiscali.co.uk

a simpler life el pocito books a scientific romanceA SCIENTIFIC ROMANCE

Ronald Wright

If you live anywhere south of York in the UK, or are a follower of Rob Hopkins and the Transition Town Movement, you need to read this (secondhand copies abound on the internet).  This is the definitive answer to what really awaits survivors of economic collapse.  For anyone else, a brilliant eco-thriller for anyone else, I guarantee you’ll be hooked from the start.  Scottish readers shouldn’t miss it either, much of the story is set there.  Another Sheri S Tepper, and should be made set-book in UK schools.  The natural sequel to his non-fiction A SHORT HISTORY OF PROGRESS.

a simpler life el pocito books typeeTYPEE

Herman Melville

A classic of the genre.  Written over 150 years ago, yet reads like it is today.  I guarantee this will change your life.  Inspired A SCIENTIFIC ROMANCE.

a simpler life el pocito books the moonlight chroniclesTHE MOONLIGHT CHRONICLES

Dan Price

Recommended reading for anyone interested in a simpler life.  Packed full of inspiration.  Available from bookshops.

a simpler life el pocito books radical simplicityRADICAL SIMPLICITY – CREATING AN AUTHENTIC LIFE

Dan Price

Even better than above.

a simpler life el pocito books cold comfortCOLD COMFORT

Barton Sutter

Another classic.

BOOKSHOPS WORTH VISITING

6a Infoshop
56 Crampton Street, LONDON SE17

The Bakewell Bookshop

Matlock Street, BAKEWELL, Derbyshire DE45 1EE

Blackcurrent Bookshop

4 Allen Road, Abington, NORTHAMPTON NN1 4NE

The Bluebell Bookshop

8 Angel Lane, PENRITH, Cumbria CA11
7BP

The Book Case

Market Street, HEBDEN BRIDGE, West Yorkshire HX7 6EU

Bookmarks

1 Bloomsbury Street, LONDON WC1B 3QE

The Bookseller Crow

50 Westow Street, Crow-on-the-hill, Crystal Palace, LONDON SE19 3AF

The Bookshop at Tinners Rabbit

48 Market Street, ULVERSTON, Cumbria  CA12 7LS

Broken Arrow Bookshop & cafe

13 Leigham Hall Parade, Streatham High Road, LONDON SW16 1DR

City Books

23 Western Road, BRIGHTON BN3 1AF

Courtyard Books

2-4 High Street, GLASTONBURY, Somerset BA6 9DU

The Cowley Club

12 London Road, BRIGHTON BN1 4JA

La Extra Vagante Libros

Avenida de Hercules, 77, SEVILLA

Freedom Book Company

73 Fawcett Road, Southsea, Hants PO4 0DB

Freedom Press

84b Whitechapel High St, LONDON E1 7QX

Frontline Books

73 Humberstone Gate, LEICESTER LE1 1WB

La Fuga Librerias

Calle Conde Torrejon, 14, SEVILLA

Un Gato en Bicicleta

Calle Regina, 8, 41003 – SEVILLA

El Gusanito Lector

Calle Feria,110, SEVILLA

Housemans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, LONDON N1 9DX

Libra Aries Books

9 The Broadway, Mill Road, CAMBRIDGE CB1 3AH

Newham Bookshop

745-747 Barking Road, LONDON E13 9ER

News from Nowhere Bookshop

96 Bold Street, LIVERPOOL L1 4HY

October Books

243 Portswood Road, SOUTHAMPTON SO17 2NG

The Owl Bookshop
209 Kentish Town Road, LONDON NW5 2JU

The People’s Bookshop
3rd floor, the attic, Saddlers Yard, 70 Saddler Street, DURHAM DH1
3NP

Persephone Books Ltd

59 Lamb’s Conduit Street, Holborn, LONDON WC1N 3NB

Radish

128 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, LEEDS LS7 4NZ

Reading International Solidarity Centre

35-39 London Street, READING RG1 4PS

Review

131 Bellenden Road, Peckham, LONDON SE15 4QY

The Watermill

Mill Street, ABERFELDY, Perthshire PH15 2BG

Word Power Bookshop

43 West Nicholson Street, EDINBURGH EH8 9DB

Waterstone’s

93-97 Albion Street, LEEDS LS1 5JS

Waterstone’s

39-41 Notting Hill Gate, LONDON W11 3JQ

Waterstone’s

17-19 Castle Street, NORWICH NR2 1PB

Ystwyth Books

7 Princes Street, ABERYSTWYTH SY23 1DX

OTHER BOOKSHOPS OF INTEREST

Every thing goes book cafe & neighbourhood stage

stella books

ainsworths (for homeopathy
texts)

WHERE TO BUY BOOKS

It goes against everything we believe in to pay full price for books, or anything for that matter.  The world needs far less businesses, not more, especially the kind that makes money out of being an intermediary.  Luckily there are plenty who share our values, and pass on stuff.  But when it comes to finding something specific, then it can be rather tough, especially with books.  Having boycotted Amazon.co.uk it seemed like they had wiped out everyone else.  Abe books seemed like a promising successor, until I realised it was yet another arm of Amazon.  Then I came across Ethical Consumer, and their list of second hand booksellers.  Sadly not one proved to be either cheap or comprehensive, but all was not lost, Awesome Books finally popped up in one of my searches.  Postage is free.  Their range is just like they say, awesome, as are the prices.  However, delivery is very sluggish (2-3 weeks), and so far the condition of the books has not lived up to description, but for now they will do.  If you know of a similar/ better company please let us know.  And just in case you have any of the following, gathering dust, here’s a few titles from our current wish list:

Deborah Harkness – IN A GOOD LIGHT

Nicholas Royle – AN ENGLISH GUIDE TO BIRDWATCHING

Alyx J Shaw – THE SHROUD EATERS

(Dover Art Series) GERMAN EXPRESSIONIST WOODCUTS

(Dover Art Series) ERIC GILL’S MASTERPIECES OF WOOD ENGRAVING

anything with the work of ERIC RAVILIOUS

Juliette de Baircali – SPANISH MOUNTAIN LIFE

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra – THE INGENIOUS NOBLEMAN SIR QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA

Robert MacFarlane et al – HOLLOWAY

Anthony Woodward – THE GARDEN IN THE CLOUDS

Laini Taylor – FAERIES OF DREAM DARK

Rachel Joyce – THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY

Karl Ove Knausgard – trilogy MY STRUGGLE

the Prashad Vegetarian Cookbook

Issac Marion – WARM BODIES

 

And finally, we recommend the following for your personal library:

Click here to download pdf list.


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