Aged just 32, Simon Dawson took a risk, sold his London flat and moved with his wife, Great Dane and horse to a cottage on Exmoor. Scraping every penny together they bought 20 acres of scruffy but beautiful Exmoor, and built from scratch a smallholding where they still live, self-sufficient and happy. Simon is a radio presenter on The Voice of North Devon and the author of Pigs in Clover, among other books.
A treasure-trove of brilliant ideas and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. - Adam Henson, BBC One's Countryfile The book captures Simon and Debbie's passion for food, and the land it comes from. - Gary Rhodes, OBE In a world obsessed by innovation and technology, he's discovered that our path to salvation is rooted in the simplicity of the past. - David Kennard, author of A Shepherd's Watch and Channel 4's Mist: Sheepdog Tales The proof is in the pudding, and I can testify that Simon's bacon is delicious. Therefore he is clearly doing something right! - Tom Hodgkinson, Sunday Telegraph I just love the philosophy which they bring to Hidden Valley Pigs and now through this wonderful book, which is all about great, local food and its relationship with the land. - Michael Caines, MBE, two-star Michelin chef Self sufficiency is all about having a go ... Simon has actually been there and done that' so this book is essential reading if you are planning your idyllic future or actually living it now. - Dick Strawbridge