The Gamekeeper at Home

Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

(4.6 stars; 41 reviews)

Richard Jefferies (1848 – 1887) was born and spent his childhood on a farm at Coate,Wiltshire. He joined the ‘Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Standard’ in 1868 and also started to write articles and pamphlets on various agricultural issues and local history topics. He is best known for his depiction of English rural life in essays, books of natural history, and novels. This classic of English nature writing gives an idea of the life of a gamekeeper in southern England in the second half of the nineteenth century. (Summary by AJM) (4 hr 46 min)


Ch 1. The Man Himself - His House and Tools 28:04 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Ch 2. His Family and Caste 32:20 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Ch 3. In the Fields 31:07 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Ch 4. His Dominions - The Woods, Meadows and Water 26:52 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Ch 5. Some of his Subjects: Dogs, Rabbits 'Mice and Such Small Deer' 35:13 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Ch 6. His Enemies: Birds and Beasts of Prey, Trespassers 34:48 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Ch 7. Professional Poachers, The Art of Wiring Game 31:23 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Ch 8. The Field Detective, Fish Poaching 35:27 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Ch 9. Guerilla Warfare, Gun Accidents, Black Sheep 31:44 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)



(5 stars)

Brilliant short story, almost a documentary of a gamekeeper in the days of old. Absolutely love it. Also special mention should go out to Andy Minter - if you are reading this; PLEASE record more readings, I wish you could just narrate my life!

Watch out for man traps !

(5 stars)

Nice job ! I'm enjoying listening to these.

Just what you need to know when setting up an estate

(5 stars)

very nice slice of historical living !!!

(4 stars)

Very comprehensive look at a professional job and life back in the mid. 1800 to 1899's. Many today may be turned off a lot during chapter # 2, the simple callous handling of pets being left behind when the "former owners" moved away to another home and the idea of a gamekeeper killing an entire feral colony off, and his wife making rugs out of their skins for sale, almost made me very ill to hear. My dream for many years now has been to open a permanent shelter for all cats. To grant any cat, pet, abandoned pet, or feral a safe place to live with vet cares, food, water, and shelter to live out the life they choose. Right now I can only supply all that for 6 and I stay at max almost all the time. I'm so glad the majority of people are keeping their cats for life, now. Our oldest matriarch is close to 18 years young at heart, but her body is beginning to fail her valiant heart at last.