Jefferies Award Winners

The Jefferies Award winners are the winners of the Richard Jefferies Society & White Horse Bookshop Literary Prize, a prize awarded on a yearly basis to the author of the book title judged to be the most excellent work of nature writing published in the previous year.

The heritage and spirit of the literary works of Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) must be able to be felt in the words of the winning books.

Richard Jefferies was noted for his portrayal of English rural life. His ability to express the relationship between man and nature was something quite remarkable.

Those familiar with the Jefferies Award winners below would agree that they certainly reflect the qualities found in Richard Jefferies nature writings.

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Richard Jefferies Literary Prize Winners

Wilding by Isabella Tree was the winner of the 2018 Jefferies Society Literary Prize.
In this book the author tells us about the ‘Knepp experiment’, a rewilding project carried out in West Sussex, whereby land that was once conventionally farmed is allowed to go, well, wild. The use of free-roaming, large grazing mammals, such as cattle and deer, play a crucial role in habitat restoration. With time, the local ecosystem becomes increasingly rich with flora and fauna, including many rare species such as the turtle dove, a species that was once common throughout most of England.
The Seabird’s Cry by Adam Nicolson was the winner of the 2017 Richard Jefferies Society Literary Prize. The title also won the 2018 Wainwright Book Prize.
In this book, Nicolson takes into account recent scientific research in his exploration of the lives of seabirds, such as puffins and gannets, on the coasts and islands of Britain, Scandinavia and the Americas.
Richard Fortey’s The Wood For The Trees won the 2016 Richard Jefferies Society Literary Prize.
Fortey describes a small local woodland over the course of a year. It is a tale of man mingling with nature and showing his respect and admiration for it. We learn about the lives of plants, animals and fungi, and how woodland has played a major part in human history, architecture and industry.
John Lister-Kaye won the 2015 Richard Jefferies Society Literary Prize with his book Gods of the Morning.
Lister-Kaye lives in the depths of a Scottish glen, a home from where he observes the local wildlife, in particular, the birds that come and go. This book is a salute to the British countryside and inspires the reader to connect with nature like never before.