Since my book was first published, postage costs have been slowly, and inexorably, creeping upward; although I absorbed these increases for as long as I could, they have reached a point where I cannot afford to do it any longer — also, whereas previously, the first non-UK postage price group included Europe, post-Brexit, Europe now has a separate price group (see below for further details). This has necessitated a fairly major refactor of the website, because there is now a plethora of different device screen sizes; I have endeavoured to accommodate as many screen sizes as possible, but if any of the items on the page showing book prices on your device is in the wrong place, please let me know by email, ideally with details of the device and the screen size, so that I can rectify the problem. As far as the book itself is concerned, the retail purchase price has not risen in nearly ten years, and I see no reason to do so. 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 for the paperback, 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; another advantage for a purchaser is that downloads are cheaper.


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.

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. In the future, I might also publish other books, either about Wilfred Risdon, or subjects related to his life and work, especially his animal welfare concerns; or any other subject/genre which I think is appropriate: 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. Within the UK, parcels will be sent first class, anticipated delivery in 2-3 working days, including Saturdays; everywhere else is covered by the Post Office (Royal Mail) International Standard tariff: delivery to Europe within 3 to 5 working days; delivery to the rest of the world within 6 to 7 working days. The rest of the world is divided into 3 zones: world zone 1 includes north America (excluding the USA), south America, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and South East Asia (other than Singapore and Laos). World zone 3 is the USA; world zone 2 is all other territories, including Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. For country by country details, please go to the Royal Mail page. The zone names used here are now the same as those used by Royal Mail, to avoid confusion.

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