Patrick’s Books

Patrick’s books are available from both the best and worst bookshops or from Patrick Noble, 01745 540207 

He has a site dedicated to his writing –

Towards the Convivial Economy was published by the Smokehouse Press in March 2017


200 pages £7.50, plus postage and packing

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was published by the Smokehouse Press in 2014.


“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

“Patrick Noble’s writings preserve the organic movement’s authentic radical spirit” – Dr Philip Conford, author of The Development of the Organic Network.

350 pages, £8.50 plus postage & packing.  Here’s a Paypal link –

Review of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. by Dr Philip Conford, courtesy of the Organic Grower – journal of The Organic Growers’ Alliance – Noblereview26December

Here’re the foreword and first chapter and also a random chapter:


And here is a chapter kindly published by FEASTA

A POTENT NOSTALGIA  (Published 29th January 2013) A Potent Nostalgia cover

This book’s Potent Nostalgia is for those ordinary laws of physics and biology, which Northern economies have abandoned in favour of extra-ordinary laws of fossil physics.

“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.”  

“By recalling us to the organic movement’s original principles, Patrick Noble addresses issues fundamental to social stability and survival.”                                                                             Dr Philip Conford, author of The Development of the Organic Network.

150 pages    £8.00

Dr Philip Conford’s review, courtesy of The Organic Grower, Summer 2013  Philip Conford, review of a Potent Nostalgia

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THE COMMONS OF SOIL  (published August 2011) Commons of Soil Cover

Having lived anachronistically by the fossilised product of ancient soils, we have simultaneously lost the skills and virtues, which had historically been cultured from living soils. While coal and oil describe commodities about which we have no need to be specific, soil is always specific in quality, topography and culture.

It is specific to this gardener at a turn of his spade, or to that farmer’s footsteps across her particular field.  It stimulates the personal through sensuality, curiosity and ingenuity, and also by pleasure in its fruits and suffering for their scarcity.  Soil cannot be owned.  It is the source (since it is our provider) for commons of rights and responsibilities.  After all, rights and responsibilities have evolved within the cultures of settlement.

We can think of soil as the mother of commons.  And we can think of commons as the heart of social systems.

In this short book Patrick Noble searches for some lost commons, which could liberate us into the more convivial societies envisioned by his literary companion, Ivan Ilich.

The sudden austerity facing developed societies may be a catalyst for the ingenuity and dexterity that bring happiness and self-worth.


THE LOST COEFFICIENT OF TIME (published February 2011) Lost Coefficient cover

“When economy and ecology are seamlessly enmeshed, then the economy will revolve at optimum speed. When they are not, then friction between them will slow both their cycles, grind down bio mass and release wasted economic heat.”

“Bio fuels have a greater atmospheric CO2 effect than fossil fuels. If we burn life, we add to atmospheric CO2, but also reduce the mass of CO2 absorbing life. If we burn fossil fuels, we add to atmospheric CO2, but the mass of life continues to live and breathe.”

Listen!  A part of our adventure is the re-discovery of the forms of time.  I discover them, not only in the series of heartbeats which powered me into the world and will in sequence come to a close.  I see them in the abrupt end of my electric car journey, which reflects like time’s mirror the revolutions of a turbine.”

(From the Lost Coefficient of Time)

The Lost Coefficient sets out to refute the assumption quoted bellow, which has informed the Carbon audits of the IPCC, carbon trading schemes, carbon footprint calculations, most university departments and in particular, the Zero Carbon Britain 2030 report by the Centre for Alternative Technology.

“If biomass is burned, the chemistry is more or less reversed, and the original energy and raw material (CO2 and water) are released. There is then no net gain or loss of CO2, which is why biological fuels are considered to be “Carbon neutral.”

100 pages.  £7.00

ROMANTIC ECONOMICS (published 2010)

Romantic Economics proposes that Modernism in our arts, technologies and ways of life could only have survived by the charity of fossil fuels.  As we descend from the modernist abstraction we’ll find urgent need to make sense of the forms of things.  The discovery of that brave new (and old as the hills) world will be the dynamo to replace the two and a half percent of growth in spending that world, which Modernism has become accustomed to.  As oil diminishes, so the retail park decays and convivial town centres revive.  Cities are agricultures.  How else can they be fed?

280 pages             £7.50


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