THAT YOU WANT TO PUBLISH but you don't know how to go about it? If you are interested in publishing your own work, and you have no knowledge of, or any appetite for all the work involved in doing it yourself, then please read the New Author Information page, where there is a link to a questionnaire page to enter details about you and the book you would like to publish. 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.


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, so I thought there might be at least a few other people out there who might share my interest in him enough to also want to read his fascinating life-story. For what seemed, to me, to be very sound reasons, namely: he was not a household name; he was involved in contentious politics and activism for most of his adult life; it would probably be a strenuous & stressful (and, probably, ultimately futile) task to find an agent and/or publisher to take an interest; I decided to bite the bullet and publish the book myself.

Having gone through the somewhat tortuous process, and achieved a successful result, I felt inclined to help others who might be in a similar situation by offering a publishing service under the Wilfred Books banner. The intention is, therefore, to invite aspiring new authors to contact me with regard to publishing their work, which need not be exclusively, but possibly will be predominantly non-fiction, given the current appetite for, and preponderance of availability of fiction of many different genres. The main requirements I would prefer to preserve for Wilfred Books imprints are that they should be interesting, educational, and enjoyable.

As related above, the first book published under the imprint of Wilfred Books was Black Shirt and Smoking Beagles, and it is still available as a print version (product code WB01), but also 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. Over the course of time, parallel to the publishing service to others, I would also like to build a ‘stable’ of suitable books of my own, either about Wilfred Risdon, or subjects related to his life and work, especially his animal welfare concerns: check the New Items section on this page from time to time, for additions to the catalogue.

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.

Delivery costs

PLEASE NOTE: Parcel delivery prices for print books are subject to fluctuation, so please check the overall price, including delivery, before making a purchase. 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.

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