Wainwright Prize 2018 Longlist Revealed

June 5, 2018

The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize for nature writing longlist announced

The longlist for the The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize which celebrates the best books about nature, the outdoors and UK travel is announced today, Wednesday 6 June 2018.

Celebrating its fifth year, The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize, is awarded annually to the book which most successfully reflects the ethos of renowned nature writer Alfred Wainwright’s work, to inspire readers to explore the outdoors and to nurture a respect for the natural world

The judging panel for the 2018 prize will be chaired, for the second year running, by TV presenter Julia Bradbury. Julia’s fellow judges are: TV presenter Megan Hine; Waterstones non-fiction buyer Bea Carvalho; National Trust publisher Katie Bond; and ex-Chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Peter Waine.

The 2018 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize longlist demonstrates that British nature writing and publishing continue to blossom. Such is the strength of the genre that 13 books have been longlisted rather than the usual 12.

The 2018 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize Longlist:

21st Century Yokel by Tom Cox (Unbound)

Hidden Nature by Alys Fowler (Hodder & Stoughton)

Outskirts by John Grindrod (Sceptre)

Islander by Patrick Barkham (Granta)

The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young (Faber & Faber)

Owl Sense by Miriam Darlington (Guardian Faber Publishing)

The Dun Cow Rib by John Lister-Kaye (Canongate)

The Last Wilderness by Neil Ansell (Tinder Press)

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn (Michael Joseph)

The Seabird’s Cry by Adam Nicolson (William Collins, HarperCollins)

The Wood by John Lewis-Stempel (Doubleday)

A Wood of One’s Own by Ruth Pavey (Duckworth Overlook)

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton)

 Chair of judges, Julia Bradbury comments;

“What a pleasure it is to chair The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize judging panel again this year. This prize celebrates entertaining and challenging books with an emphasis on the natural world and our place in it. Time spent outdoors in nature and green spaces is well known to have a positive impact on our physical health and mental wellbeing. I feel that these books play a vital role in encouraging people to get out there to enjoy and appreciate our natural world up close. It’s a privilege to help to recognize and promote nature writing and the fantastic authors and illustrators working in this genre.”

The longlist of 13 books features a children’s book for the first time and a book by two-time Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize winner John Lewis-Stempel. The longlisted books cover personal journeys and memoirs set against a backdrop of nature, close studies of animals and birds and explorations of different landscapes from greenbelts, to the South West Coast Path to Birmingham’s canal system.

The prize shortlist will be announced on Thursday 5 July at an event at Waterstones Piccadilly. The winner will be announced on 2 August at an event in the National Trust Arena at the BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace.

Times + will host an event for it’s members, to celebrate the prize in late July and the panel for this will be announced soon.

The prize named after much-loved nature writer Alfred Wainwright is supported by White Lion Publishing, publisher of the Wainwright Guides, Wainwright Golden Beer, the Wainwright estate and in partnership with the National Trust, the winner will receive a cheque for £5000.

Last year’s Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize was won by John Lewis-Stempel for Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature, The Great War, a vivid picture of life on the Western Front as seen through the relationship between man and nature.

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