The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2019

Books shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2019

The shortlist for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2019, which celebrates the best books about nature, has been announced.

The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize is awarded every year to the author of the book that best reflects the ethos of renowned nature writer Alfred Wainwright to inspire readers to explore the outdoors and care for nature. 

The prize, which is in its sixth year, will be presented to the winner on 15 August in the National Trust theatre during BBC Countryfile Live at Castle Howard in Yorkshire.  

Our very own publisher Katie Bond will be on the judging panel, which will be chaired by TV presenter Julia Bradbury for the third year running. They will be joined by: Waterstones non-fiction buyer Clement Knox; a publisher at Unbound and joint-host of the popular podcast Blacklisted, John Mitchinson; David Lindo otherwise known as The Urban Birder; and Anna Arnell, creative partner for agency And Rising. 

The seven shortlisted titles are:

Underland by Robert Macfarlane (Hamish Hamilton)
Wilding by Isabella Tree (Picador)
Time Song by Julia Blackburn (Jonathan Cape)
Our Place by Mark Cocker (Jonathan Cape)
Thinking On My Feet by Kate Humble (Aster)
Out Of The Woods by Luke Turner (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
The Easternmost House by Juliet Blaxland (Sandstone Press) 

" Within challenging times and facing a climate crisis, British nature writing continues to blossom"
- Julia Bradbury

A number of books on the shortlist highlight the positive impacts wild places can have on our physical and mental wellbeing. From Kate Humble, who writes about the power and peace created by walking in Thinking On My Feet to Luke Turner’s Out Of The Woods, which reveals the shelter and solace that can be found in the Natural World. 

Meanwhile, Julia Blackburn and Juliet Blaxland explore changing landscapes and our place within them. 

Four-time nominated author Robert Macfarlane’s latest book, Underland, explores places hidden from the sun but still remain affected by human activity. 

Another previously nominated writer, Mark Cocker, exposes devastating threats to the UK countryside. And finally, Isabella Tree, offers an engaging insight into the ways in which we can turn back the clock in Wilding, which describes the return on nature to a farm in West Sussex.  

Julia says: 'Within challenging times and facing a climate crisis, British nature writing continues to blossom. The books that my fellow judges and I have shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize demonstrate the role that nature writing can play in shining a spotlight on wider social, environmental and personal issues.”

The prize 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 Adam Nicolson for The Seabird’s Cry.