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Patrick is the author of a number of books, which are available from both best & worst bookshops, or from the author.  The archive to the right will hold new posts of his writing.  His day job is that of farmer.

Reclaiming Commons will be published by Smokehouse Press on 10th December 2018

“I’ll sing to you to this soft lute, and show you all alive, The World, when every particle of dust breathes forth its joy.” sang William Blake
The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change says that if we have not reduced cultural carbon emissions to 45% below 2010 levels by 2030, then civilisation and its joys will end.
Of course, politicians and journalists have skim-read the IPCC report to mean that if we have not begun to think about change by 2030, then & etc.
Since, humanity is currently emitting more carbon than 2010, the percentage reduction by 2030 is now not 45%, but 50%. In just few years that will become an absolute and immediate 100%. Looking at modern political systems, it is plain that we have already begun too late.
Yet, in the developed world, the largest contributor to climate change is the behaviour of its citizens. Since our behaviour is the problem, it is also the solution. Governments and corporations are abstract ideas. They have not the physics to cause either climate change, or the tragic, cascading loss of species which is falling round our muffled ears. Only people exist. We are the causal physics, which must change. We can reclaim the common. This book explores what commons are and it argues that, fail, or not, adjusting our lives to settle inside an ecological ration of Earth, is the same as the pursuit of happiness.
The time of personalities is over. The author is a working farmer, but this is the time of common humanity – beyond identity, profession, sex, class, race, nationhood… Culture is not what we’ve achieved, but what we do. So far, what we’ve done has achieved self-destruction. Now, we must do something different.

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


“Noble’s faith in the persistent possibilities of conviviality and the commons, even among the shadows of these times, is heartening and much needed.”
– Dougald Hine, social thinker, writer, founder of Spacemakers, the School of Everything and the Dark Mountain Project.

“Patrick awakened in me the flame of conviviality. He highlights how we can face the future with dignity and do our damned-best to carve out a future for our offspring with the hand-tools our ancestors have passed down to us. The convivial economy need not be a pipe-dream, it existed once, and can exist again. I owe that belief to Patrick. His writing is a flickering torch of light in our dark times.”
– Alex Heffron, writer and farmer

“David Fleming commended that we “do nothing that matters without consulting a conversation”, and his dearest hope for Lean Logic was to encourage such. So I feel sure he would be delighted at Patrick Noble’s thoughtful new collection, inviting a new audience to the critical conversations of our times.”
– Shaun Chamberlin, author of The Transition Timeline; editor of David Fleming’s Lean Logic and Surviving the Future

It is available from the author, or publisher for £7.50 plus postage & packing, or of course, from any good bookshop.

Patrick’s other books include –

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014)

A Potent Nostalgia (2013)

The Commons of Soil (2011)

The Lost Coefficient of Time (2011)

Romantic Economics (2010)

Notes from the Old Blair and Bush (2008)

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

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



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