Patrick’s books are available from both the best and worst bookshops or from Patrick Noble, 01745 540207 email@example.com
Most can be downloaded freely as A4 printable versions from this site’s “Downloads” page
His new book, Notes From Nowhere is looking for a publisher – seventy-five thousand words. Here’re the foreword and first chapter:
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.
The rediscovery of our place in the world may prove to be a greater delight than the pain of losing extra-ordinary power. If we don’t reshape our lives as parts of the whole, then those very ordinary laws will react by flood for some, desert for others and with an unpredictable violence and rapidity.
Discovery of appropriate techniques can only happen citizen by citizen. Governments and commercial corporations have shown that they are incapable of change. In any case, knowledge is not a function of power.
The author farms in a family partnership which produces cereals, vegetables, apples, beef and lamb. Nearly all the produce is sold directly, by way of a market stall, which the author proposes as a step towards a real and convivial economy, which nicely fits those ordinary laws of physics and biology.
“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
To order directly from publisher – http://www.fast-print.net/bookshop/1263/a-potent-nostalgia
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.
“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