The short list is due to be announced on Tuesday for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize, for works of nature/travel writing focused on the United Kingdom. John Lewis-Stempel, a winner in 2015 — the second year of the prize — with Meadowland, has two titles on the long list, which was published at the start of this month: The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland (Transworld), and Where Poppies Blow (Orion), which tells how soldiers in the First World War found hope through their connection with Nature.
The other books long-listed are:
Love of Country by Madeleine Bunting (Granta)
The Otters’ Tale by Simon Cooper (HarperCollins)
The Nature of Autumn by Jim Crumley (Saraband)
Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain by Lucy Jones (Elliott & Thompson)
A Sky Full of Birds by Matt Merritt (Ebury)
Wild Kingdom by Stephen Moss (Vintage)
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham (Ebury)
Love, Madness, Fishing by Dexter Petley (Little Toller Books)
The January Man by Christopher Somerville (Transworld)
The Wild Other by Clover Stroud (Hodder & Stoughton).
Last year, the £5,000 prize went to Amy Liptrot for The Outrun (Canongate).