John Seymour was born in England in 1914. As a young man, he traveled all over Africa and fought in Burma in World War II. Returning penniless to England, he lived in a bus and a sailing barge before settling on five acres of land in the country to lead a self-sufficient life. He continues this lifestyle today with his companion Angela Ashe on the banks of the River Barrow in County Wexford, Ireland. The two have build up a small farm from scratch over the last 19 years. For the last four years, John, Angela, and William Sutherland have been running courses in self-sufficiency from their home at Killowen, New Ross. The courses are taken by students from al over the world, who come to Killowen to learn about John's lifestyle and philosophy at first hand. John Seymour is the author of over 40 books, including the best-selling Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency, and he has made numerous movies and radio programs. Most of his later writings and public campaigning have been devoted to rural matters, self-sufficiency, and the environment.