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Wainwright Shortlist 2017

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!

Wainwright Shortlist 2017

Love of Country : A Hebridean Journey - Madeleine (Y) Bunting

The Hebrides hold a remarkable place in the imaginations of Scotland and England.

On the outer edge of the British Isles and facing the Atlantic Ocean, these iconic islands form part of Europe's boundary. Because of their unique position, they have been at the centre of a network of ancient shipping routes which has led to a history of cultures colliding and merging.

Home to a long and rich Gaelic...



Wild Kingdom : Bringing Back Britain's Wildlife - Stephen Moss

Shortlisted for THE WAINWRIGHT BOOK PRIZE 2017Can Britain make room for wildlife?

Stephen Moss believes it can. The newspaper headlines tell us that Britain's wildlife is in trouble.

It's not just rare creatures that are vanishing, hares and hedgehogs, skylarks and water voles, even the humble house sparrow, are in freefall.

But there is also good news. Otters have returned to the River Tyne; there...



Where Poppies Blow : The British Soldier, Nature, the Great War - John Lewis-Stempel

Winner of the 2017 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize for nature writingThe natural history of the Western Front during the First World War'If it weren't for the birds, what a hell it would be.'During the Great War, soldiers lived inside the ground, closer to nature than many humans had lived for centuries.

Animals provided comfort and interest to fill the blank hours in the trenches -...



The January Man : A Year of Walking Britain - Christopher Somerville

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2017In January 2006, a month or two after my father died, I thought I saw him again - a momentary impression of an old man, a little stooped, setting off for a walk in his characteristic fawn corduroys and shabby quilted jacket.

After teenage rifts it was walking that brought us closer as father and son; and this `ghost' of Dad has been walking at my elbow...



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The Running Hare : The Secret Life of Farmland - John Lewis-Stempel

The Sunday Times Bestseller. Winner of the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015. BBC Radio 4's 'Book of the Week'Traditional ploughland is disappearing.

Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the last twenty years.

Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the Red List.

The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is running for its life. Written in exquisite prose, The...



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The Wild Other : A memoir of love, adventure and how to be brave - Clover Stroud

Shortlisted for THE WAINWRIGHT BOOK PRIZE 2017'This story - so fierce and brave and visceral and raw - will stay with me forever.

Clover Stroud is a force of nature, and a woman who is fearless in the face of life and death.

I loved it.' Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love'There is so much richly evoked life here... beautifully written.' Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times'This redemptive memoir...



The Otters' Tale - Simon Cooper

Shortlisted for THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2017 'The best popular account of the lives of otters written so far' Richard Shelton, Times Literary Supplement When Simon Cooper bought an abandoned water mill that straddles a small chalkstream in southern England, little did he know that he would come to share the mill with a family of wild otters.

Yet move in they did, allowing him to...



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