User Heart Menu Basket Cross Plus < Minus <

Sorry, we are no longer taking orders

Our priority is to fulfil all existing orders whilst ensuring the health and wellbeing of our colleagues and customers alike. Please be assured that our warehouse team is working hard to ship all existing orders as quickly and safely as possible. Orders may take up to 7 weeks to be delivered.

Unfortunately you can no longer log into your account, but please do not worry. This does not mean your order is not being processed. You will receive a tracking email as soon as your order has been dispatched. You are still able to contact Customer Services by email at contact_centre@thebookpeople.co.uk or call 0345 602 3030 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm) for any questions you may have.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. The Book People

Read more

Our self-sufficiency handbooks will help you learn new skills and live better. They are ideal for anyone interested in sufficient living.

Read less

Self-sufficiency

  • Keeping Chickens

    Liz Wright

    Product Code: BLJWA
    Paperback
    In the last few years, poultry-keeping has enjoyed massive growth, with heavy TV coverage featuring chefs such as Jamie Oliver. It is another symptom of our weariness of mass-produced, tasteless supermarket food - the appeal of being able to nip into the back garden to get fresh eggs for breakfast, knowing that the hens have been well kept, fed and loved. This highly practical book is aimed at beginners to the hobby and will explain everything you need to know to get started keeping chickens, from how to choose, house, feed and handle them to how many eggs they will lay, their affect on the local ecosystem and protection from foxes.
    • £2.00
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £7.99
    More info
  • Fresh Clean Home

    Wendy Graham

    Product Code: BLZEM
    Hardback
    Recipes for natural cleaning products from green living blogger Wendy Graham. Learn how to make your home smell as fresh as a daisy with these eco-friendly, money-saving, germ-busting recipes. Using a base of essential oils and natural ingredients, these cleaning products are easy to make, are kinder to your skin and to the environment, while being as effective as any shop-bought solution. The recipes use simple, inexpensive ingredients that are widely available such as bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, salt and citrus fruit, and will leave your home sparkling clean. You can even customise the fragrances to make your home smell crisp, time and time again. Fresh Clean Home guides the reader from the kitchen to laundry and the bathroom, and also includes a section of recipes for specific household cleaning products, such as window and mirror cleaner, carpet and upholstery spot cleaner and sticky stuff remover. Clean every nook and cranny, with surface cleaners and bathroom shiners, laundry powder and fabric conditioner, kettle descaler and more, for a beautiful, fresh clean home.
    • £1.00
    • RRP £12.99
    • Save £11.99
    More info More info
  • Create and Maintain Your Own Smallholding

    Liz Wright

    Product Code: BMOGV
    Paperback
    Learn how to set up your own smallholding, grow your own fruit and vegetables, rear chickens, pigs, lambs and other livestock, and manage their pasture, to help you create a sustainable, organic lifestyle. This excellent new guide brings the heart of the land to your table, with advice on where to buy, how to maintain and how to support other local producers. Packed with tips and hints on how to prepare for the whole year, especially in winter. With case studies and examples throughout. Companion title to Keeping Chickens and Keeping Bees.
    • £2.00
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £7.99
    More info
  • Self Sufficiency: Soap Making

    Sarah Ade

    Product Code: ARDGQ
    Paperback
    Our skin is our largest organ. We often think about how the things we put into our body affect us, but how much time do we take to consider how the things we put onto our body affect us? This timely book is packed full of helpful advice about how to make your own luxurious and beautiful soaps at home, using only the best natural ingredients.Not only are the soaps good for you, they look great and are wonderfully indulgent too. Sarah Ade begins by listing the natural ingredients available and their properties, before describing how to put ingredients together for a specific purpose.She also discusses the benefits of a macrobiotic lifestyle and holistic skin care and why your body will thank you for it. The recipes range from the fun and frivolous to sensible and serious and the text is packed with homemade skin care ideas. This is an essential guide for anyone interested in what they put onto their body as well as what goes inside.
    • £7.69
    • RRP £7.99
    • Save £0.30
    More info More info
  • BOSH! How to Live Vegan

    Henry Firth

    Product Code: CDAQX
    Hardback
    'The vegan Jamie Olivers.' The Times Save the Planet and Feel Amazing BOSH!, the pioneers of simple, easy and delicious plant-based cooking, are here to make a sustainable and ethical lifestyle accessible to everyone. BOSH! How to Live Vegan will help you make a few positive changes that will have a huge impact on the world around you. It covers all aspects of vegan living, everything from food to toiletries to travel. Should you be eating avocados? Is it still ok to wear an old leather belt? What do you tell your friends when they offer you a glass of non-vegan wine? Henry and Ian will answer these questions and more in this fully-comprehensive guide to the how and the why of a plant-based lifestyle. Henry and Ian answer all the questions and more, with easy tips and simple hacks to help you live a more sustainable life. Whether you're already vegan or just about to start on your vegan journey, this is all the inspiration you need.
    • £8.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £1.00
    More info More info
  • Practical Self-sufficiency

    Dick and James Strawbridge

    Product Code: CCYQZ
    Hardback
    Find your route to a more sustainable lifestyle with Dick Strawbridge, of Channel 4's Escape to the Chateau, and his son James. No matter who we are or where we live, we can all take steps to reduce our carbon footprint. For some, that might mean upping sticks and living off the land. For the rest of us, the reality might involve smaller, but no less important, lifestyle changes: cutting back on plastic or food waste, foraging wild produce, growing a few vegetables, making your own plant-based milks, or keeping a chicken or two. Dick and James Strawbridge know what it's like to make these changes. Between them, they've lived on a smallholding, in a terraced house, and even a chateau. In this updated edition of Practical Self-sufficiency they share everything they've learned, and give you the tools you need for a more rewarding and environmentally conscious life.
    • £20.00
    • RRP £25.00
    • Save £5.00
    More info More info
  • The Rations Challenge

    Claud Fullwood

    Product Code: CBXYC
    Paperback
    Food is always a hot topic - Food waste, food banks, food miles, local versus imported. As we all need food, we can't ignore it. But as some families struggle without enough food to live on, others are challenged to consider how much they throw away, or how to make the food they have go further. Which is why Claud Fullwood set herself the challenge of living on World War Two rations for Lent. It opened her eyes not only to issues of hunger and waste, but also to the many ways in which we have the power to fix our groaning food system, make our families stronger and our communities whole again. The Rations Challenge takes the wisdom of World War Two and looks at how it can help us revolutionise how we live now. By learning the lessons our parents and grandparents lived by in the '30s and '40s, we can build a future that works for everyone.
  • The Whole Fish Cookbook

    Josh Niland

    Product Code: BZIZZ
    Hardback
    We all want to eat more fish, but who wants to bother spending the time, effort and money cooking that same old salmon fillet on repeat when you could be trying something new and utterly delicious? In The Whole Fish Cookbook, Sydney's groundbreaking seafood chef Josh Niland reveals a completely new way to think about all aspects of fish cookery. From sourcing and butchering to dry ageing and curing, it challenges everything we thought we knew about the subject and invites readers to see fish for what it really is - an amazing, complex source of protein that can, and should, be treated with exactly the same nose-to-tail reverence as meat. Featuring more than 60 recipes for dozens of fish species ranging from Cod Liver Pate on Toast, Fish Cassoulet and Roast Fish Bone Marrow to - essentially - the Perfect Fish and Chips, The Whole Fish Cookbook will soon have readers seeing that there is so much more to a fish than just the fillet and that there are more than just a handful of fish in the sea.
    • £20.00
    • RRP £25.00
    • Save £5.00
    More info More info
  • More Plants Less Waste

    Max La Manna

    Product Code: BZHYF
    Hardback
    Max La Manna, zero waste chef and sustainability advocate, bridges the gap between vegan food and waste-free cooking - inviting us to channel the MORE PLANTS LESS WASTE mindset and discover a stronger purpose in our daily routines. -- Max has inspired thousands of people across the world to rethink their approach to consumption and made it his mission to turn the tide on plastic and breathe new energy into the leftovers that are typically destined for the bin. In his first cookbook he will share 80 of his tasty, healthy recipes that will have your taste buds watering, help you save money, food and eat well from Sumptuous Spag Bol and Crunchy Cauliflower Curry to Leftover Veggie Nachos in a Hurry.. MORE PLANTS->LESS WASTE INCLUDES: - simple, accessible ingredients that celebrate the power of plants and wholefoods at their best - all-natural home hacks from DIY deodorant to Citrus Bomb House Cleanser - the life tools you need to add value to what you already own and set you on the path to living more sustainably - a 21-day zero waste challenge -- With a little more thought we can all make small changes that will have a BIG, positive impact on the health of our planet. --
    • £17.99
    • RRP £20.00
    • Save £2.01
    More info More info
  • 50 Ways to Help the Planet?

    Sian Berry

    Product Code: BSIXN
    Paperback
    We are becoming increasingly aware and engaged in environmental issues, but it's not always clear what the solutions are and how we can do our bit. We are ready and willing to make changes to our lifestyles, but often the advice about which are the best ones to make can be confusing. In this friendly guide you are shown how you can make changes in a positive and practical manner, and with some suggestions easier than others, there's a multitude of ways in which you can live more sustainably. Sian looks at the choices we can all make, helping you to reduce your carbon footprint and the impact of your lifestyle on the planet and change the world without changing your life. The 50 ways are divided into Plastics, Energy, Cooking and Eating, Travel, In the Garden and Action, and include a range of options, such as buying plastic-free beauty products, upcycling your furniture, cutting down on meat and having greener celebrations.
    • £8.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £1.00
    More info More info
  • Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, 2nd Edition

    Malcolm T. Sanford

    Product Code: BRNKX
    Paperback
    This trusted handbook is a must-have for novice and seasoned beekeepers alike. Now totally redesigned and featuring colour photographs and graphics, the second edition also includes up-to-date information on honey bee health. The go-to reference presents comprehensive yet accessible information on everything from planning hives and installing a colony to preventing disease and managing productive hives that will bear bountiful honey harvests year after year.
    • £17.09
    • RRP £18.99
    • Save £1.90
    More info More info
  • The Little Book of Going Green

    Harriet Dyer

    Product Code: BOLPD
    Paperback
    The Little Book of Going Green aims to shed light on the ways humans are harming the environment, from pollution and deforestation to industrial production and farming methods. Filled with facts, theories and tips on how we can do our bit for the planet, this is your one-stop guide to making every aspect of your life earth-friendly.
    • £6.89
    • RRP £6.99
    More info More info
  • Home Gardener's Compost

    David Squire

    Product Code: BAOKA
    Paperback
    In our ecologically aware times, composting is one smart way to minimize our carbon footprint and help the earth. This new entry in the highly successful Specialist series gives gardeners all the guidance they need to start making, storing, and using their own compost.It offers Information on different types of compost and their ingredients, advice on constructing a compost bin, and detailed explanations of wormeries, green manuring, and seed and potting composts. There's no better or easier-to-follow guide for the eco-smart gardener!
    • £4.89
    • RRP £5.99
    • Save £1.10
    More info More info
  • The Permaculture Book of DIY

    John Adams

    Product Code: AUTYV
    Paperback
    Permaculture is a low cost, environmental and creative approach to living. The Permaculture Book of DIY presents over 20 practical projects that show you how to cleverly recycle materials into useful and unique objects at low financial and environmental cost. Some projects can even be completed for free. Want to spend more time enjoying your home and garden? With this diverse range of projects you could could be growing vegetables in your own geodesic growdome, relaxing on a recycled wooden pallet garden bench whilst enjoying a cider from your very own cider press, or generating your own power with a self-installed solar panel! Each project has been carefully tried and tested and is clearly laid out with step by step instructions and supporting photography and diagrams. It is suitable for anyone who wants to learn DIY skills, have fun and involve their kids too. Learn how to make your own: Solar food dryer; Self-watering raised bed; Pallet furniture; Wood-fired pizza oven; Rocket stove hot tub; and much more!
    • £10.36
    • RRP £12.95
    • Save £2.59
    More info More info
  • Self-Sufficiency

    Mike Hatcher

    Product Code: APGCK
    Paperback
    Self-sufficiency and organic living have never been more prominent and hen keeping is becoming increasingly popular. Part of a growing series of authoritative and inspirational titles, this book provides an introduction to some of the key aspects of aspiring to a self-sufficient lifestyle by keeping your own chickens and benefiting from the produce.You don't need a large garden to keep poultry and an average family only needs a couple of hens to keep them well stocked in fresh eggs all year round. The set-up costs are minimal and you don't need a whole host of expensive gadgets or equipment to care for your chickens.Packed with information on poultry keeping (housing, food and water, daily care, disease prevention and cure, encouraging egg production and breeding), there is also comprehensive information on breeds and a list of useful contacts should you need them.
    • £7.89
    • RRP £7.99
    More info More info
  • The Moneyless Man

    Mark Boyle

    Product Code: BEMMV
    Paperback
    Imagine living for an entire year without money. Former businessman Mark Boyle did just that and here is his extraordinary and compelling story. How do friends and family react? What do you eat? How do you wash? Mark Boyle finds out the hard way and explores the troubling consequences of our obsession with money. Encountering cuttlefish toothpaste, seasonal foods, paper made out of mushrooms, and compost toilets, Boyle puts the fun into frugality and will inspire you to question what really matters in life.
    • £7.89
    • RRP £8.99
    • Save £1.10
    More info More info
  • Clean Green

    Jen Chillingsworth

    Product Code: CDKJX
    Hardback
    Learn how to create your own cleaning products that are better and healthier to use and keep your home sparkling clean. What is in my cleaning products? Are these chemicals bad for my health? Do they damage the environment? How do I reduce the amount of plastic in my home? These are questions we should all be asking when it comes to cleaning our homes. Clean Green shows you how to tackle each room and cleaning task in a natural way. From laundry detergent, toilet cleaner and furniture polish to hand wash, dishwashing liquid, stain remover and air freshener, all the recipes for natural products in this book are quick and simple to make and, most important of all, they work! They're not expensive either, many will save you money in the long term and help you to cut down on your plastic waste too. Small steps. Big changes.
    • £8.09
    • RRP £8.99
    • Save £0.90
    More info More info
  • Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It

    Kamal Ravikant

    Product Code: CDDNO
    Hardback
    The bestselling self-published phenomenon addressing our urgent need for self-love in the world today. Kamal Ravikant knows misery well. In 2011, the company Kamal had spent the last ten years of his life nurturing and growing, suddenly and embarrassingly went under. He experienced a profound depression, the kind that made him physically ill and bedridden. The only source of light in this darkest moment was a meditation, a chant that came to him and provided the only source of comfort he could muster: I love myself. Kamal began his transformational journey by repeating this over and over to himself. I love myself. I love myself. I love myself. Even when he didn't believe it (especially when he didn't believe it).This meditation grew in the form of a system of tools for keeping him positive, balanced, and moving forward. Kamal's spiritual healing changed his physical and emotional states, and his entire person shifted for the better. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It is the powerful story of Kamal's radical self-growth journey and his specific practice for readers. Dynamic, vulnerable, page-turning and ultimately life-changing, these pages hold a universal appeal for anyone who has ever struggled to get out of bed in the morning or smile through profound sadness. Now expanded with new reader oriented lessons, and a powerful and transformative personal story of the practice in action.
    • £11.99
    • RRP £14.99
    • Save £3.00
    More info More info
  • The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide

    Jen Gale

    Product Code: CDBSY
    Paperback
    Easy, do-able, down to earth ideas and suggestions for everyone to help save the planet. If you want to save the planet, but your to-do list is already pretty long and remembering your re-usable coffee cup feels like a Herculean task, then this is the book for you. Covering every aspect of our lives from the stuff we buy and the food we eat, to how we travel, work, and celebrate. This book provides stacks of practical, down to earth ideas to slot into your daily life, alongside a gentle kick up the butt to put your newfound knowledge into action. Practical tips include unsubscribing from all the tempting emails that drop into your inbox with details of the newest clothing range or the latest sale, and keeping a mug next to your kettle to work out how much water you actually need to boil each time, as over filling kettles costs British households GBP68 million on energy bills each year. Find out how to fit "sustainable living" into your life, in a way that works for you. Change your impact without radically changing your life and figure out the small steps you can make that will add up to make a big difference (halo not included).
    • £11.69
    • RRP £12.99
    • Save £1.30
    More info More info
  • Six Weeks to Zero Waste

    Kate Arnell

    Product Code: CCYUD
    Paperback
    We are in the midst of a worldwide waste epidemic, where the average person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks. The figure looks even worse at national level with the UK producing more than 100 million tonnes of waste every year. We all know the importance of reducing our environmental footprint, but the prospect of going green can seem daunting. Six Weeks to Zero Waste is both an accessible and aspirational programme to eliminate waste - and it goes beyond plastic. In this book, TV presenter turned eco blogger, Kate Arnell, will help you on your path to rubbish-free living, with the principles of the 5 Rs (refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot). From cutting down on food waste and decluttering, to making homemade health and beauty products, you'll soon be on your way to a zero-waste lifestyle.
    • £11.99
    • RRP £14.99
    • Save £3.00
    More info More info
  • How to Go Waste Free

    Caroline Jones

    Product Code: CCYGL
    Paperback
    How to Go Waste Free is the easy guide to disposing of waste from your life. 100 tips provide insight, practical advice and a painless approach to joining the zero-waste revolution. Every year, humankind dumps over 2 billion tons of waste. This either goes into landfill, is incinerated, or goes into our oceans - doing untold damage to the environment, wildlife and to our own bodies. What can we do, as individuals, to stem this tide of trash?
    • £7.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £2.00
    More info More info
  • Modern Flexitarian

    DK

    Product Code: CCVZL
    Hardback
    Transition to a plant-based diet without giving up meat and dairy completely. If you're concerned about your health and the environment but aren't quite ready to commit to a fully vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, a flexitarian diet will work for you. Modern Flexitarian features 100 healthy, adaptable veg-based recipes alongside quick twists and suggestions that give you the freedom to enjoy meat, fish, or dairy from time to time. Complete with tips for getting started, nutritional and dietary advice, and a sample weekly menu, Modern Flexitarian will inspire and help you to embrace a mostly vegetarian or vegan diet with ease.
    • £16.00
    • RRP £20.00
    • Save £4.00
    More info More info
  • Vegan Before 6

    Mark Bittman

    Product Code: CCVWQ
    Paperback
    Every day we learn new benefits of the vegan diet, and discover how cutting meat and animal products out can still mean a world of delicious meals. Now Mark Bittman brings his expertise to vegan cooking, giving you an easy-to-follow diet plan plus 50 simple everyday recipes - exclusively vegan meals for breakfast and lunch, and as flexible as you need to be for dinner. Bittman outlines in six principles the reasons that a partially vegan diet can dramatically improve your health. When you eat lots of fruits and veggies while cutting back on meat and dairy, and cook as much as possible at home, you automatically find yourself eating more sensible portions and almost no junk food. You can live healthier, not just eat healthier, when you eat with eyes wide open. This is Bittman's flexible, ethical way of eating better and losing weight, using common sense in the kitchen. More and more people are finding out what it means to cut down their meat consumption; adopting Meatless Mondays and going 'flexitarian' are great options for those not ready to go full-vegan. This diet is an easy way to take meat out of your diet as much as you feel comfortable, with all the health benefits and none of the suffering. The best-selling author and popular New York Times columnist gives us his innovative and easy diet plan, complete with recipes - by eating vegan every day before 6:00pm, you can lose weight and dramatically improve your health.
    • £11.99
    • RRP £14.99
    • Save £3.00
    More info More info
  • Gardening for the Zombie Apocalypse

    Phil Clarke

    Product Code: CAXCS
    Paperback
    Climate change? Brexit? Screaming brain-biters? Don't lose the plot - this book can help! Irreverent, straightforward and useful, it shows even complete beginners how to grow enough of their own food to survive when Armageddon arrives and imports collapse - or even if they don't. A grow-your-own guide for the generation who'd rather eat compost than watch Gardeners' World, it tells you how to sow and grow 20 key crops, whether you have two pots, a patio or a whole allotment to play with. It takes you through what seeds, tools and other kit you'll need, teaches you how to plan and plant your site for maximum nutrition, and suggests gardening projects to get underway while civilization still stands, from growing dinner in a dustbin to a juice bar on a balcony - all while sticking a garden fork in the eye of the undead. Gardening for the Zombie Apocalypse: surviving has never been so much fun.
    • £13.49
    • RRP £14.99
    • Save £1.50
    More info More info

 2019 - The Book People Ltd. The Book People Ltd is registered in England. Company number 2290665. VAT Number: 664509028.
Registered address: The Book People Limited, Salisbury House, Weyside Park, Catteshall Lane, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1XE.