The Richard Jefferies Society has published many titles, under the imprint Petton Books, most of which can be purchased at a special price using the order form. There are also buttons at the bottom of the page to buy publications online (apologies -- it is not user-friendly!)

The offers apply to UK postage only. Overseas buyers should contact the Society for shipping charges.

Contact the Society for more information about any book by or about Richard Jefferies -- second-hand copies of many titles are also available.

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A Peculiarly English Genius: a Biography of Richard Jefferies by Andrew Rossabi is an in-depth record of all that is known about the life and works of Richard Jefferies.  Planned as a four-volume set, Volumes I, II and III are now available as limited editions and can be purchased using the button below. All volumes consist of 800pp including an Index and black and white illustrations. All are printed in hardback with a green wibalin cloth but Vol I does not have a dustcover. Electronic versions can be emailed direct for £10 a copy. 

Volume I was published on 6 November 2017) and covers Jefferies' early years (1848-1867). The hardback can be purchased at the reduced price of £20 incl UK postage (list price £40). The book is  also available as a pdf file for £10. 

Volume II covers the years of struggle between 1867-1876. It was published on 8 July 2020 and is the same format as Volume I but with the addition of a dust jacket.  It is available from the Society for £35 incl. UK postage (list price £60) or as a pdf file for £10. 

Volume III was published on 1 January 2023 and covers 1876-1883 and looks at Jefferies' 'Years of Success'. It can be ordered from the Richard Jefferies Society for £45 incl. UK postage (cover price £60) or as a pdf file for £10. 

PURCHASE A Peculiarly English Genius by Andrew Rossabi

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Richard Jefferies' The Rise of Maximum is available free as a pdf file on request.

Kate Tryon's Adventures in the Vale of the White Horse: Jefferies Land is available free as a pdf file on request.  


Some pamphlets related to Jefferies' birthplace at Coate can be downloaded here (free):

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


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' pocket notebooks that start in 1876 and finish 3 months before his death. Only 16 of the original 24 or 25 remain. The others are likely to be in private hands-- whereabouts unknown. Phyllis Treitel undertook the painstaking work of deciphering the hand-writing in the 1990s and copied the text and illustrations by hand. Many entries make no sense at all. The text has now been typed up and can be downloaded as a pdf file (nearly 17MB). Samuel Looker published some of the contents in his The Nature Diaries and Notebooks of Richard Jefferies (1948) but Treitel's version is complete.  Extracts from Notebook IV (?) were included in Walter Besant's The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies (1888). This notebook is among the missing ones and the extract of text has been included.



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.

A Song of Summer  with Paul Scofield (audio recording) reading 'Nature and Eternity' (Hills and the Vale). BBC Radio. First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 22 Nov 1976. Compiled by Roger Frith; incidental music by David Cain; producer - Keith Slade. Approx 55 mins.  Six files to download. 

Extracts from The Story of My Heart read by Paul Scofield, compiled by Roger Frith and broadcast on 22 July 1982. On four tracks.  

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.

Harmony, an original musical composition by Julian Anderson performed on 12 July 2013 at the first night of the proms and inspired by The Story of My Heart (audio only).


Pamphlets (A5)    UK postage incl.  

Overseas buyers should contact the Society for additional shipping charges.

Richard Jefferies in Eltham by John Kennett (8pp., published by The Eltham Society, 2001),  £1.50                                                       

 Essay on Instinct by Richard Jefferies (38pp., text from manuscript, 1868), £2.50      

Richard Jefferies: A Spirit Illumined by various contributors (60pp.),  £2.50       

 The Jefferies Canon by W J Keith (40pp., 1995) examines articles attributed to Jefferies but unsigned, £2.50                                      

 A Natural System of National Defence by Richard Jefferies (published in the Swindon Advertiser, 1871), £2.50                          

Pamphlets. UK postage only.

BOOKS   UK postage incl.

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Novels by Jefferies:

Ben Tubbs Adventures - Richard Jefferies (softback, 2016, juvenile novel, written around the age of 17), introduced by Andrew Rossabi, £8 

 The Scarlet Shawl – Richard Jefferies (softback, 2009 [1874]), introduced by Andrew Rossabi, £ 4.00                                                                 

 Restless Human Hearts – Richard Jefferies (hardback, 2008 [1875]), introduced by Andrew Rossabi, £15.00

 World’s End – Richard Jefferies, (softback, 2008, [1877]), introduced by Andrew Rossabi, £ 8.00

 Greene Ferne Farm ­– Richard Jefferies (softback, 2009 [1880]), introduced by George Miller, £ 5.00

 The Dewy Morn ­– Richard Jefferies (softback, 2009 [1884]), introduced by Rebecca Welshman, £ 7.00

 Amaryllis at the Fair ­– Richard Jefferies (softback, 2009 [1887]), introduced by Carolyn Clarke, £ 5.00 

Overseas buyers should contact the Society for additional shipping charges.  

Fiction by Jefferies. UK postage only

Non-fiction by and about Jefferies:

Richard Jefferies' Letters to Aunt Ellen (softback, 2009), £4.50

The Farmer's World: Richard Jefferies' Agricultural Journalism in the late 1870s by Richard Jefferies (softback, 2016), introduced by Eric Jones, £10

 Richard Jefferies:  An Index of Themes, Thoughts & Observations ­– by Hugoe Matthews & Phyllis Treitel, 2008 (hardback, 2008) £15.00                                              

The Forward Life of Richard Jefferies – Hugoe Matthews & Phyllis Treitel (hardback, 1994), £10.00                                                             

 Richard Jefferies: An Anthology – by Hugoe Matthews & Rebecca Welshman (hardback, 2010) , £15.00                                                             

 The Interpreter: a biography of Richard Jefferies – Audrey Smith, 2008 (softback, 2008), introduced by Eric Jones, £ 5.00 

Overseas buyers should contact the Society for additional shipping charges.

Non-fiction. UK postage only.