Longlist for the Wainwright Prize is announced

Celebrating the best in outdoors, nature and travel writing from Great Britain, the longlist for the 2015 Wainwright Prize (for books published in 2014), run in association with the National Trust and sponsored by Thwaites Brewery, has been announced.

The 12 books in the running will be judged on how well they reflect fellwalker and guidebook writer Alfred Wainwright’s core values of Great British writing and culture while celebrating the great outdoors.​

Visitor sitting on the beach reading at Brownsea Island, Dorset.

Visitor sitting on the beach reading at Brownsea Island, Dorset. Credit John Millar.



Last year, author Hugh Thomson scooped the £5000 prize for his book The Green Road into the Trees: A Walk through England.

Sally Palmer, Editor of the National Trust magazine, sat on last year’s judging panel. Sally said of the winning book: “It’s a lovely read that’s guaranteed to inspire you to want to get outdoors.

“On his return from a trip to Peru, Thomson decided to walk through England as though he were abroad and write about his journey, both personal and literal, in the context of the landscape, its history and the people he met along the way.”

This year’s judging panel will be chaired by Dame Fiona Reynolds, current Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and former Director-General of The National Trust, who will judge alongside National Trust Publisher, Katie Bond, Fergus Collins from Countryfile ​Magazine, nature writer and broadcaster Paul Evans, and specialist retailers Stanfords and The Bookseller Group.

The longlist for the 2015 Wainwright Prize is:

  • Britannia Obscura: Mapping Hidden Britain by Joanne Parker (Vintage, Penguin Random House)
  • Claxton: Field Notes from a Small Planet by Mark Cocker (Vintage, Penguin Random House)
  • Counting Sheep by Philip Walling (Profile)
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (Vintage, Penguin Random House)
  • Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel (Transworld Publishers)
  • On Silbury Hill by Adam Thorpe (Little Toller Books)
  • Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden (Granta Publications)
  • Running Free: A Runner’s Journey Back to Nature by Richard Askwith (Vintage/Yellow Jersey, Penguin Random House)
  • The Ash Tree by Oliver Rackham (Little Toller Books)
  • The Moor by William Atkins (Faber & Faber)
  • The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs by Tristan Gooley (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Walking Home by Clare Balding (Penguin Books)

The shortlist will be revealed on 26 March and the winner will be announced at a ceremony on 22 April.


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