We recognise that e-books are becoming increasingly common, with the advent not just of Kindles and other e-book readers, but iPads and other tablets and smartphones.
E-books also offer an ideal way for us to reissue our out-of-print books, and indeed as a format for new titles.
We have now completed the conversion of our entire publication list (twenty books) to e-books, and have issued a new title, Following in Henry Williamson's Footsteps, as an e-book only. We have additionally republished as e-books Richard Williamson's first two books, both long out-of-print: his memoir The Dawn is My Brother and the novel Capreol: The Story of a Roebuck. Richard has been the President of the Henry Williamson Society since its formation in 1980.
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Richard Williamson's novel Capreol, first published in 1973, is the story of a young buck deer growing up in the chalk hills and ash woods of the South Downs. It traces the drama of Capreol’s birth, life and violent death; his early explorations of the forest; the fears that haunt him; the fever of the rut; his encounters with a rival, One-Switch; and the constant shadowy presence of two men, one who ruthlessly engineers the world of nature, the other who watches and remains in tune with his surroundings.
The Dawn is My Brother, Richard Williamson's first book, was published in 1959, and was runner-up for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. It is a book of uncommon quality. Intensely personal and honest, brilliantly alight with the unaffected candour of its author’s personality – and his inborn literary skill – it is an infectiously cheerful autobiography, brimming with enthusiasm for the countryside and the open air, for the world of trees, plants and animals, for rivers, sea and sky.
Following Henry Williamson’s Footsteps as he walked the coasts of north and south Devon in 1933 in ON FOOT IN DEVON: With quotations and explanatory commentary (e-book only)
Following Henry Williamson’s Footsteps is an explanatory commentary by Anne Williamson on Williamson's On Foot in Devon, his quirky mock travel guide published in 1933. A detailed knowledge or prior reading of On Foot in Devon is not a prerequisite, for the numerous and sometimes lengthy quotations mean that the commentary can be read and enjoyed independently of the book itself.
Henry Williamson: A brief look at his Life and Writings in North Devon in the 1920s and '30s (e-book)
This short anthology serves as an introduction to Henry Williamson’s early writings about North Devon, which established his reputation as perhaps the foremost British nature writer of the twentieth century. There are extracts from Williamson’s classic novels Tarka the Otter and Salar the Salmon, as well as from less well-known works, illustrated by contemporary photographs.
Threnos for T. E. Lawrence and other writings, together with A Criticism of Henry Williamson's Tarka the Otter by T. E. Lawrence (e-book)
A collection of important essays on books and writers, who include T. E. Lawrence, Richard Aldington, Richard Jefferies, W. H. Hudson, and Francis Thompson; together with Williamson's prefaces and introductions to books by Izaak Walton, V. M. Yeates, James Farrar, Walter Robson, John Heygate and others; and the text of T. E. Lawrence's long and entertaining letter of criticism of Tarka the Otter.
Recreating a Lost World explores the real Folkestone of 1919-20 and its personalities, identifying the real-life models for fictional characters in The Dream of Fair Women and showing how Henry Williamson translated place and people, and his own experiences, into this and other novels. It is illustrated with eleven unique photographs from the Henry Williamson Literary Estate’s archive and other illustrations.
A further collection of 21 broadcast talks on the BBC, made between 1936 and 1967. Ten of these were broadcast in the BBC’s Empire Service in 1938/39 and concern the countryside and farming. Four talks are about Williamson’s ongoing struggle to bring life back to the derelict farm in Norfolk that he had bought in 1937, while a later broadcast has the intriguing title ‘On Seeing Marilyn Monroe'.
Long out of print, this is a memoir by Henry Williamson recounting his friendship with T. E. Lawrence – ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. It was a friendship through correspondence, for the two men actually met only twice. The memoir quotes extensively from Lawrence’s letters to Williamson, which are both literary and personal in content, and make for fascinating reading. They continue up to Lawrence’s death in 1935.
During the late 1930s Henry Williamson became a broadcaster of some repute on the BBC. This is a collection of twenty-two of his talks, broadcast on the wireless between December 1935 (his very first appearance in front of the microphone) and 1954. Subjects include reminiscences from his own inimitable viewpoint of the West Country and its flora and fauna; the significance in his life of the barn owl; four talks on the lives of English animals (otter, badger, stoat and red deer); and the difficulties encountered on becoming a farmer in Norfolk.
This brilliant long essay by the noted literary critic John Middleton Murry, considers Henry Williamson’s novels up to 1954. Murry's essay remains essential reading for those who want to understand better Williamson’s writings. It is written in a clear, elegant style, while the literary analyses of the novels are its greatest distinction. Murry thought very highly of the early books making up A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight.