Now available!  David Fleming's Lean Logic and Surviving the Future
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"Wisdom is intelligence drenched in culture" ~ David Fleming

David Fleming's Lean Logic and Surviving the Future now available!

If that's all you need to know...

Click the gorgeous covers (designed by Evan Gaffney) below to place your orders.  They don't officially launch until September 8th, but I have heard from some who placed early pre-orders that they have already received the books.

Or they will of course be available at all of these launch events!

Launch events/book tour

2-4th SeptDark Mountain Basecamp festival, Embercombe, Devon (sold out)

10th SeptSmall Is Beautiful festival, Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys, mid-Wales

19th Sept – 11:30am – "Could Brexit lead to the rediscovery of culture grounded in place?", celebration of the books with Jonathon Porritt.  Trinity College, Oxford University

21st Sept – 6:30pm-8:30pmThe main launch celebration at Daunt Books, Chelsea, London

12th Oct – 8pm-10pm – Schumacher College Earth Talk on David Fleming, with Rob Hopkins. Dartington, Totnes

6-10th Feb 2017 – Schumacher College week-long course on David's work: Community, place and play: a post-market economics, with Mark Boyle, Rob Hopkins and Stephan Harding

Click links for more details or to book. 
I look forward to seeing some of you soon!
Click the cover above for the final edition of David Fleming's astonishing lifework Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It

This will take you to Lean Logic's own dedicated webpage, with all information and links for ordering anywhere in the world. To whet your appetite, you can also read Jonathon Porritt's foreword, my preface and David's own introduction there.

Over the past few years I have thoroughly edited and indexed the book, and it has benefited hugely from the exceptional level of care and attention lavished by Chelsea Green's design team, who confessed that they felt they were handling a classic (see sample spreads here and here). 

Illustrated with over 60 wood engravings selected or commissioned by David it has come together into what I can only describe as a truly beautiful object.
Click the cover above for the paperback version - Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy.

Recognising that Lean Logic’s sheer size and unusual structure could be daunting, I selected and edited one of the potential pathways through the dictionary to create Surviving the Future. The content, rare insights, and uniquely enjoyably writing style remain Fleming’s, but are presented here at a more accessible paperback-length and in conventional read-it-front-to-back format.

The Google Preview at the link will let you sample the early pages, including my preface and Rob Hopkins' wonderful foreword.  As you will see, this too is alluringly laid-out, though naturally in a far more conventional style than the full dictionary.

Already attracting rave reviews!

Even ahead of the official launch there's been so much talk about these books it's hard to know where to begin.  I couldn't possibly do more than offer links to some of what's out there, so here goes...

First, the books have had amazing praise from a wide range of distinguished folk, which you can read here and here.  Including Caroline Lucas MP, Roger Scruton, Mark Boyle, Rupert Sheldrake, Tim Jackson, Andrew Simms, Alastair McIntosh, Jeremy Leggett, Richard Heinberg, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Paul Kingsnorth, Tim Yeo, John Holloway, John Michael Greer and many more!
The publishers put out a great press release to go alongside their rather attractive little postcards (like the one above, currently being distributed at various events) and I've already done one wonderful interview about David and the books, with a couple of radio stations also keen.


Then there are the first full reviews, from John Thackara, the Dark Mountain journal, Resurgence magazine and Resilience.orgKosmos magazine have been inspired enough by the copy we sent them to spontaneously start running extracts online, and John Michael Greer plugged it powerfully at the end of his latest story.

And Twitter has been buzzing with early #LeanLogic and #SurvivingTheFuture tweets, with highlights including these from John Thackara, Rob Hopkins, Raf Manji, Henrik Dahle and Lean Logic's very own Twitter account


Meanwhile pre-orders have been such that the publishers already had to order another print run to cope with demand!  Lean Logic has consistently been Amazon's #1 New Release in Dictionaries (though I'm not sure how many new dictionaries are released anyway!?), and the two books have regularly been #1 and #2 in Amazon's Hot New Releases in Social Philosophy.
"David Fleming was an elder of the UK green movement and a key figure in the early Green Party.  Drawing on the heritage of Schumacher's Small is Beautiful, Fleming's beautifully written and nourishing vision of a post-growth economics grounded in human-scale culture and communityrather than big finance is both inspiring and ever more topical."

~ Caroline Lucas MP, former leader, Green Party of England and Wales; former Member of the European Parliament

Much more to come...

And all of this before the books even launch!  Reviews are already being prepared by the London School of Economics Review of Books, STIR magazine, lowimpact org, Permaculture magazine, The Land and the journal of the Society of Wood Engravers!  Harper's, SALT and the Occupied Times also plan to run extracts.

You can help!
Please do spread the word however you can - review the books online (Amazon/Goodreads reviews especially appreciated!), tell your friends, lend them a copy. 

And if you're keen to be the first to hear about future reviews, events etc, the best thing to do is follow my Dark Optimism accounts on Facebook and/or Twitter.
And a little extra treat for those who read to the bottom, courtesy of the wonderful Henrik Dahle, who somehow managed to interview David up an oak tree (see above) in November 2010 for his Uptrees project! 

You can listen to the full audio recording - including discussion of Lean Logic - by clicking here.


“I think the book is all really about getting on with life and crucially getting on in life in the things that really matter. And what really matters is music . . .

Henrik: music. . . ?

David: . . . and humour and conversation and painting, the arts, things like that, and having fun, play and farting about and generally enjoying life. That’s what really, really matters, I mean everything else is . . . well, the needle hiss, we used to say in the old days. Gramophone records . . . oh you are probably too young to know that expression anyway [laughing]”

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