Wainwright prize longlists announced


Here are three interesting lists of books which have been compiled by these three interesting lists of judges.


The 2022 James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing longlist is:

  • Otherlands: A World in the MakingDr Thomas Halliday (Allen Lane)
  • 12 Birds to Save Your Life: Nature’s Lessons in HappinessCharlie Corbett (Penguin)
  • Goshawk Summer: A New Forest Season Unlike Any OtherJames Aldred (Elliott & Thompson) – reviewed here
  • Much Ado About Mothing: A year intoxicated by Britain’s rare and remarkable moths, James Lowen (Bloomsbury Wildlife) – reviewed here
  • On Gallows Down: Place, Protest and Belonging, Nicola Chester (Chelsea Green Publishing) – reviewed here
  • Shadowlands: A Journey Through Lost BritainMatthew Green (Faber & Faber)
  • The HeedingRob Cowen, illustrated by Nick Hayes (Elliott & Thompson)
  • The Instant, Amy Liptrot (Canongate)
  • The Sea Is Not Made of Water: Life Between the Tides, Adam Nicolson (William Collins)
  • The Trespasser’s CompanionNick Hayes (Bloomsbury) – reviewed here
  • Time on Rock: A Climber’s Route into the MountainsAnna Fleming (Canongate)
  • Wild Green Wonders: A Life in Nature, Patrick Barkham (Guardian Faber Publishing) – reviewed here

And then there is;

The 2022 James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Writing on Conservation is:

  • Abundance: Nature in Recovery, Karen Lloyd (Bloomsbury Wildlife)
  • Aurochs and AuksJohn Burnside (Little Toller Books)
  • Climate Change is RacistJeremy Williams and Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (Icon Books)
  • Divide: The relationship crisis between town and countryAnna Jones (Kyle Books) – to be reviewed here soon
  • Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them, Dan Saladino (Jonathan Cape)
  • Our Biggest Experiment: A History of the Climate Crisis, Alice Bell (Bloomsbury Sigma)
  • Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet, George Monbiot (Allen Lane) – to be reviewed here soon
  • Silent Earth: Averting the Insect ApocalypseDave Goulson (Vintage) reviewed here
  • Soundings: Journeys in the Company of Whales, Doreen Cunningham (Virago)
  • The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires that Run the WorldOliver Milman (Atlantic Books)
  • The Treeline: The Last Forest and the Future of Life on EarthBen Rawlence (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Women Who Saved the English CountrysideMatthew Kelly (Yale University Press)
  • Wild Fell: Fighting for nature on a Lake District hill farmLee Schofield (Doubleday) reviewed here

And also:

The 2022 James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Children’s Writing on Nature and Conservation longlist is:

  • A Bug’s World, Dr Erica McAlister, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman (Wren & Rook)
  • Around the World in 80 Trees, Ben Lerwill, illustrated by Kaja Kajfež (Welbeck)
  • By Rowan and YewMelissa Harrison (Chicken House)
  • Julia and the SharkKiran Millwood Hargrave, illustrated by Tom de Freston (Orion Children’s Books)
  • NestsSusan Ogilvy (Particular Books)
  • October, OctoberKatya Balen, illustrated by Angela Harding (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • One World: 24 Hours on Planet EarthNicola Davies, illustrated by Jenni Desmond (Walker Books)
  • Spark, Mitch Johnson (Orion Children’s Books)
  • The Biggest Footprint: Eight billion humans. One clumsy giant, Rob Sears, illustrated by Tom Sears (Canongate)
  • The Summer We Turned GreenWilliam Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury YA)
  • TwitchG. Leonard (Walker Books)
  • Wild Child: A Journey Through NatureDara McAnulty, illustrated by Barry Falls (Macmillan Children’s Books)




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