Winner of Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015 announced
Last night, writer (and farmer) John Lewis-Stempel was announced as this year's winner of the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015 for his book Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field.
Have you ever wondered what really goes on in the long grass? Meadowland answers these questions and more in an intimate account of a Herefordshire farm meadow from January through to December. Lewis-Stempel records the passage of the seasons from cowslips in spring, cutting hay in summer, to animals grazing in the autumn. He also examines the animals that inhabit the grass and the soil beneath, from the badger clan to the fox family; the rabbit warren to the curlew pair, among others.
Chair of judges Dame Fiona Reynolds said “From an exceptionally strong shortlist, we found a book whose prose reached for perfection and which, combined with an authentic passion for a land the author knows to the depths of his bones, swung into the lead: Meadowland, by John Lewis Stempel.
"An utterly captivating book, we found Lewis-Stempel’s narrative original and inspiring. Bewitchingly beautiful, honest and effortless, this is a book that should make us all want to explore the wonders and realities of nature on our doorsteps.”
The prize focusses on books that inspire people to explore the outdoors, whilst engendering a love of landscape and a continuing respect for our environment. With the award of this year's prize and the continuing success of H is for Hawk, nature writing is (excuse the pun) truly blossoming.