Wilfred Books was set up at the end of 2013, primarily to publish Black Shirt and Smoking Beagles, the biography of Wilfred Risdon, my grand uncle, whom I never met, I regret to say. I discovered him in the course of my family history research, and the more I found out about him, the more interested I became in his life & work. Because it is not possible (in England, at least) to obtain ISBNs on an individual basis, it made sense to consider using the ones I had to buy to publish additional titles (check the New Items section on this page), either about Wilfred Risdon, or subjects related to his life and work; but also publications not directly related to him. The intention is, therefore, to build a ‘stable’ of suitable books: not exclusively, but probably predominantly non-fiction. I am certainly willing to consider unsolicited suggestions, so if you are interested in publishing your own work, but you have no appetite for all the work involved in doing it yourself, then email me with some details, and I will happily advise you whether I think could publish your book. I am a strong advocate of localism, so I use a small local printer who is able to give me a good deal for short print runs, rather than one of the online corporates. However, I will also be making the maximum possible use of the potential presented by digital download technology, which might leave open the way for other forms of media as well.

Black Shirt and Smoking Beagles is available as a print version (product code WB01), and downloadable versions: PDF (product code WB02), ePub (product code WB03) and Kindle versions (product code WB04), in both popular formats (.mobi & .azw3); the ePub version can be read using iBooks on iOS devices, and on a wide range of other platforms; the Kindle version required can be selected from the link in the email confirming the purchase.

PLEASE NOTE: New parcel delivery prices for print books are in force from the beginning of August, 2015. Outside the UK, parcels will be sent using the Post Office International Standard tariff: delivery to Europe (zone A) within 3 to 5 working days; delivery to the rest of the world within 5 to 7 working days. The rest of the world is divided into 2 zones: zone B includes north & south America, Africa and most of south & east Asia; and zone C is Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. For country by country details, please go to the Royal Mail page. Please note also that the zone names used on this site are not the same as those used by Royal Mail.

New items

In 1967, Wilfred Risdon wrote & published a biography of a man whom he held in high esteem, and for whom he had great respect, the Edinburgh surgeon Robert Lawson Tait, and Wilfred Books is now pleased to be able to offer a PDF download facsimile version, with the catalogue code WB05, of the original publication, with a preface to the new edition by J. L. Risdon. The book is called Lawson Tait: A Biographical Study and, given Wilfred Risdon’s close association with the National Anti-Vivisection Society, Wilfred Books is proud to be able to donate 10% of the annual net profit from the sales of this edition to Animal Defenders International (ADI), the successor to the previous organisation. If there is sufficient interest, it might be possible to consider making it available in the other download formats, or as a print edition: please email me to register your interest.


Wilfred Books is prepared to offer retail purchasers a reward incentive on items purchased from the current range, subject to the conditions stated below, to encourage further purchases. All non-account purchasers are given a reward code that can be redeemed for a discount on future purchases as follows: the purchase of one print version WB01 will allow 20% discount on additional copies of WB01, or 20% discount on the purchase of a WB02, WB03, WB04 or WB05 download; the purchase of a WB02, WB03, WB04 or WB05 download will allow a discount of 10% on the purchase of a WB01 print book. (PLEASE NOTE: Discount given on the purchase of a download cannot be redeemed against a further purchase of any download)

Individual discounts for significant quantities of WB01 (>10) can be negotiated. Please feel free to email me with your details to discuss what is possible. Thank you for your interest and custom.