Wainwright Shortlist 2018

The books below form the 2018 Wainwright Prize shortlist, not including the winning title The Seabird’s Cry. For a list of Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize winning titles please click here.

Each year judges choose the book that they believe best reflects the core values of the well-known Alfred Wainwright, who passed away in 1991.

Wainwright cared enormously about Britain’s countryside, its uplands in particular, an environment with which he had a strong sense of connection and a desire to protect. He is probably most famous for his series of books known as Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells in which he describes, through words and illustrations, the ascents and surroundings of 214 fells in the Lake District National Park.

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Wainwright Prize Shortlist 2018

Not only was Neil Ansell’s The Last Wilderness shortlisted for the 2018 Wainwright Prize, but also for the 2018 Highland Book Prize.
In The Last Wilderness Neil takes the reader on a journey into a remote part of the Scottish Highlands, a region he revisits several times throughout the course of a year. The author hikes into the hills to be at one with nature, offering delightful descriptions of landscapes studded with this, that and the other.
In Hidden Nature by Alys Fowler, we follow Fowler on an exploration of the 100 miles of negotiable canals around the city of Birmingham where she lives on a boat. It is a voyage of discovery of the unexpected wildernesses found in the nexus of canals, during which she bravely reveals her emotional vulnerability.
In Outskirts by John Grindrod, the author delves into the subject of green belts, the area of land around an urban area where building is restricted, the point where rural and urban meet. The book is also a personal account of the author growing up in a green belt, adding a mix of memoir and social history to the nature writing.