2019 Longlist

The Easternmost House by Juliet Blaxland

Juliet Blaxland lives on a crumbling cliff top on the east coast of Suffolk. The Easternmost House will soon crumble into the sea. This book describes a year living on the edge: a meditation on nature, on coastal erosion, on impermanence and on the changing seasons.

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Ghost Trees by Bob Gilbert

Ghost Trees tells the secrets and stories of the urban wildscape, of glorious nature resilient and resurgent on our very doorsteps.

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How to Catch a Mole by Marc Hamer

A life-affirming book about the British countryside, the cycle of nature, solitude and contentment, through the prism of a brilliant new nature writer’s experience working as a traditional mole-catcher, and why he gave it up.

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Landfill by Tim Dee

Landfill is a nature book for our times. Without nostalgia or eulogy, it kicks beneath the littered surface of things to discover stranger truths.

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Lanny by Max Porter

Chimerical, audacious, strange and wonderful – a song to difference and imagination, to friendship, youth and love, Lanny is ‘dazzlingly good’ Robert Macfarlane.

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Our Place by Mark Cocker

Our Place is a radical examination of Britain’s relationship with the land, by one of our greatest nature writers.

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Out of the Woods by Luke Turner

Dazzling, devastating and highly original, this memoir is about the irresistible yet double-edged potency of the forest, and the possibility of learning to find peace in the grey areas of life.

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The Stopping Places by Damian Le Bas

In a bid to better understand his heritage, Damian sets out on a journey to discover the stopping places – the old encampment sites known only to Travellers.

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Thinking on My Feet by Kate Humble

Thinking on My Feet tells the story of Kate’s walking year – shining a light on the benefits of this simple activity.

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Time Song by Julia Blackburn

Told through stories and songs, Time Song is a spellbinding journey in search of this lost land, by one of Britain’s most original writers.

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Underland by Robert Macfarlane

In Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes a dazzling journey into the concealed geographies of the ground beneath our feet – the hidden regions beneath the visible surfaces of the world.

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Wild Woman Swimming by Lynne Roper

West Country paramedic Lynne Roper began swimming outdoors after recovering from breast cancer. For the next five years, until her death, Lynne kept a journal of her adventures in over sixty places across Dartmoor and the Devon coasts. This is a book for walkers, nature lovers and wild swimmers alike.

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Wilding by Isabella Tree

Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.

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