Publications

The Richard Jefferies Society has published many titles under the imprint Petton Books. 

Contact the Society for more information about any book by or about Richard Jefferies.


A Peculiarly English Genius  - volume I of a new biography of Richard Jefferies by Andrew Rossabi is available (Petton Books: 6 November 2017). Volume I (of three volumes) covers the early years (1848-1867) and extends to 800 pages. The book is published in hardback with a green wibalin cover and can be purchased in the UK for £40 here. The book is also available as a pdf file for £10. Contact the Society.

Volume II of the biography was published on 8 July 2020 for £60.  




Please go to this website to view and purchase other publications produced by the Richard Jefferies Society. The offers apply to UK postage only. Overseas buyers should contact the Society for orders and shipping charges.

The Rise of Maximin is now out of stock. It can be downloaded as a pdf file here.

A mail-order form with a list of publications and prices can be downloaded here. 


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Some pamphlets related to Jefferies' birthplace can be downloaded here:

Coate and Richard Jefferies - by historian, John Chandler
In the Footsteps of Richard Jefferies - a walk around Coate Water
Richard Jefferies' Old Town, Swindon - a walk around Old Town
In the Footsteps of Richard Jefferies - a tour of Wiltshire and Oxfordshire
Walks in Jefferies Land by Kate Tryon


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Phyllis (Jefferies) Hargrave letters to Samuel J Looker. These have never been published but can be downloaded here. Phyllis was Richard Jefferies only daughter. Samuel Looker was an authority on the works of Richard Jefferies and helped build up a major archive of information held at the British Library.

The British Library archives include Jefferies' notebooks. Only 16 of the originals remain. Phyllis Treitel undertook the painstaking work of deciphering the hand-writing, which is almost impossible to read, and copied the text and illustrations by hand. This work is now being typed up and the contents will be made available as and when. 

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A SELECTION OF RECORDINGS

THE DRIFT OF TIME - Radio play based on the writings of Richard Jefferies. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 31 July 1987 (40 minutes long) as part of the centenary tributes that year. Richard Jefferies is played by Robert Stephens.


Listen to four extracts of nature writing by Jefferies. The first from his essay 'Wild Flowers'; the second from the opening passage of The Story of My Heart, the third: 'A Summer Day in Savernake Forest' and the fourth from Amaryllis at the Fair. They are read here by Sir Simon Russell Beale as part of an online initiative by the Marlborough Literary Festival during the lockdown of 2020.