One Horsepower

A long slow walk in the greenwood….

A technical, autobiographical, philosophical, ecological, political memoir.

22 chapters plus glossary, bibliography, and index.
300 pages, with over 100 illustrations and photographs.

Paperback: sewn binding, paperback.
Signed, limited edition    150 copies                £15.99 IN STOCK

Postage added at cost (UK £3.00)

Bill Lloyd traces the roots of his environmental awareness from the writing of the 1950s Beat Generation, through the hippy counterculture of the 1960s, to the first tremors of anxiety about climate change which rippled through ‘alternative society’ in the 1970s.  Motivated by his admiration for the manual skills of Victorian rural craftsmen, the writings of Henry Thoreau and warnings from the heart of the UK economy, he and his partner Alison made a personal stand against consumerism and mechanisation by a re-evaluation of horsepower. Living hand-to-mouth in a caravan, moving from wood to wood, they specialised in demanding logging contracts using nothing but heavy draught horses, in difficult terrain inaccessible to fossil-fuel powered machines.

Theirs was not a nostalgic or sentimental journey, but a practical attempt to redeem the working horse from the backwaters of history. This book describes the techniques, the people and places, the accidents and agonies, the grime and the glories of woodland contracting, sustained not by materialism but by a pioneering spirit, the magnificent Lake District landscapes and the intense revelations of working in close harmony with natural forces in the natural world.

22 chapters plus glossary, bibliography, and index.
300 pages, with over 100 illustrations and photographs.

Hardback: sewn binding, boards, cloth cover, dust-jacket
Signed limited edition 80 copies                     £24.99 SOLD OUT

Paperback: sewn binding, paperback.
Signed, limited edition    150 copies                £15.99 IN STOCK

Postage will be added at cost for printed copies. (UK £3.00)