14th November 2021

Richard Jefferies Wild Life
So, last weekend saw me in the delightful company of many familiar faces for the launch of this book, by Mike Pringle, at the Christ Church community centre:

Richard Jefferies Wild Life

And the back cover:

Back cover of Richard Jefferies wildlife
Back cover of Richard Jefferies wildlife by Mike Pringle

Richard Jefferies entered this world at the farmhouse at Coate on on the 6th November 1848 – 173 years ago. So a fitting day to choose to launch a book about him wouldn’t you say?

With a cover quote by Matthew Oates, ecologist, broadcaster and former National Trust nature specialist and a foreword by Monty Don the book comes with excellent credentials. And that’s not even mentioning the undeniable talents of its author, Mike Pringle!

It isn’t cheap at £20 it’s true. But it’s a VERY beautiful book carrying some fabulous photographs by Elmar Rubio – a fabulous photographer. It will make a superb Christmas gift for anyone interested in nature and the natural world. Even better all the profits are going to the Richard Jefferies Museum – a place of great wonder and delight.

Richard Jefferies
Richard Jefferies

About the book – from the museum website

Driven by our desire to spread the word about Richard Jefferies, and the natural world he loved, we have produced this fully-illustrated, book, Wild Life, for which TV gardener, Monty Don, has very kindly written a foreword.

We’ve produced the book to the highest possible standard. Thus it’s a hardback format. It has 240 pages on 170gsm paper. It’s full colour throughout, has a dust cover, stitch-binding, marker ribbon, and large size of 216mm x 216mm.

Price: we asking for a minimum price of £20 per copy, with all proceeds going towards the new building we are hoping to construct. But, because we’ve produced the book to such a high specification, this price doesn’t leave us much for our building. So if you can afford to give more, we would be very grateful indeed. Thank you.  

Ideally, and to avoid postage costs, you can buy copies at the museum – and at other places in Swindon. But if want a copy to be sent to you (+ £4 for UK post), please follow this link: https://www.richardjefferies.org/our-new-book

But why the wild life?

Good question from that listener! Well, apart from the interest Jefferies held in all things nature – he coined the term ‘wild life’. It didn’t become a compound word until much later. Thus, the book’s title, Wild Life, was inspired by Jefferies’ 1879 book, Wild Life in a Southern County, all about his beloved home county Wiltshire. It’s cited as the earliest example in the Oxford English Dictionary of the phrase wild life used in a nature context.

For more about Richard Jefferies on this here blog go here: https://swindonian.me/category/sons-daughters-of-swindon/richard-jefferies/

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