Wainwright Winner 2016

The Wainwright Prize seeks to reward the best writing on the general outdoors, nature and UK-based travel writing and is sponsored by Wainwright Golden Beer.

The prize will be awarded to the work which best reflects Wainwright’s core values of Great British writing & culture and a celebration of the outdoors. £5,000 will be presented to the winning author. The 2015 winner was Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel.

Congratulations to the 2016 winner Amy Liptrot with The Outrun!

2016 Wainwright Prize Winner

The Outrun - Amy Liptrot

WINNER OF THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2016 SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME PRIZE 2016 When Amy Liptrot returns to Orkney after more than a decade away, she is drawn back to the Outrun on the sheep farm where she grew up.Approaching the land that was once home, memories of her childhood merge with the recent events that have set her on this journey.Amy was shaped by the cycle of the seasons, birth and...



Wainwright Shortlist 2016

Common Ground - Rob Cowen

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2016. Shortlisted for the 2015 Portico Prize for Non-Fiction. "Sensitive, thoughtful and poetic ...leading us into a whole new way of looking at the world". (Michael Palin). "Touched by genius". (John Lewis-Stempel). "Absolutely mesmerizing, utterly beautiful and engrossing". (Joanne Harris). After moving from London to a new home in Yorkshire, and about to...



Landmarks - Robert Macfarlane

SHORTLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE 2015 SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2016 Landmarks is Robert Macfarlane's joyous meditation on words, landscape and the relationship between the two. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words.Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place.It is a field guide to the literature of nature,...



The Fish Ladder : A Journey Upstream - Katharine Norbury

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2016 LONGLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD 2015 TELEGRAPH BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 2015 Katharine Norbury was abandoned as a baby in a Liverpool convent.Raised by loving adoptive parents, she grew into a wanderer, drawn by the beauty of the British countryside.One summer, following the miscarriage of a much-longed-for child, Katharine and her nine-year-old...



The Moth Snowstorm : Nature and Joy - Michael McCarthy

A great, rhapsodic, urgent book full of joy, grief, rage and love ...A must-read' Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk Nature has many gifts for us, but perhaps the greatest of them all is joy; the intense delight we can take in the natural world, in its beauty, in the wonder it can offer us, in the peace it can provide - feelings stemming ultimately from our own unbreakable links to nature,...



The Shepherd's Life : A Tale of the Lake District - James Rebanks

This is the Sunday Times Number One Bestseller. Some people's lives are entirely their own creations.James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations.Their way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand, and has been for hundreds of years.A Viking...