John Seymour was educated in England and Switzerland. After studying at an agricultural college, he worked on farms in England for two years and then spent some ten years in Africa where, among other things, he managed a sheep and cattle farm and acted as a livestock officer for a government veterinary department. After service in the King's African Rifles in the war, he travelled widely, lived on a fishing boat, wrote, broadcast, and studied the way of life of rural people. Then he settled down to running a self-sufficient smallholding in Suffolk. After eight years in Suffolk he moved to Pembrokeshire, and a 62-acre farm which was developed as a school in the arts of self-sufficiency. John Seymour now lives in south east Ireland, where he and Angela Ashe are conducting ten day courses in self sufficient Small Holding at their home on the bank of the River Barrow.