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Living The Good Life: How One Family Changed Their World From Their Own Backyard Paperback – April 3, 2007
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About the Author
Linda Cockburn is a writer whose work has appeared in Organic Gardener. She quit her job to take on the challenge of domestic sustainability.
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The book tells the story, in diary form, of how one Australian family became disillusioned with the suburban dream, connecting the dots between their lifestyle and the wider balance that needs to be met between human needs and planetary health.
Then, unlike most of the rest of us, they actively set about changing their lives to be more sustainable - and surprised themselves by finding happiness and valuable life lessons along the way.
If a fault will be found by reviewers here at Amazon, it is that the book *is* very Australia-centric, which may be challenging for some international audience unfamiliar with Australian idioms, political systems, ways of managing waste etc.
But for me I find this refreshing after the massive glut of US books on the market that simply expect everyone to be a US citizen familiar with *their* ways. It's a reminder that the world is not America, and many of us live in ways that are strikingly different from the US standard, with all its plusses and minuses.
Also, the overarching themes and challenges of the book - dealing with pests, reducing waste, finding ways to eat seasonally, managing food gluts - are relevant to anyone interested in growing and harvesting their own, no matter where in the world they live.
Linda Cockburn and her family moved from the home in Queensland in which the book is set a few years ago now, and are currently (as of 2010) building their own straw bale home down in Tasmania, Australia.
I'm guessing (and hoping) that she will set this new experience into another book. I look forward to reading it.
Oh and did I mention it has humorous bits where you will find yourself belly laughing...
Buy the book, you will not regret it.