The Wainwright Prize 2021 Winners

It is our great pleasure to confirm English Pastoral by James Rebanks and Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake as the winners of the Wainwright Prizes for Nature and Conservation Writing 2021.

Named in honour of Alfred Wainwright – the man who elevated the humble walking guide into an art-form – the Wainwright Prize celebrates the finest nature, travel and environmental writing that encourages exploration of the great British outdoors.

The judging panel also recognised two other books as highly commended: Thin Places by Kerri ní Dochartaigh in the Nature Prize and Fathoms by Rebecca Giggs in the Conservation category.

The Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2021 Winner

A personal history of three generations of a farming family and their relationship with the Lake District, English Pastoral is both a moving elegy to a lost landscape and vanished way of life and an inclusive invitation to explore how we might forge a new way of living on and with the land that sustains us.

 

‘The writing is accessible, heartfelt, and poignant and it conveys a message of achievable change. Rebanks' passion will carry any towny through the joy and hardship of Fell farming. It’s seminal work which will still be celebrated in 50 years.’

Julia Bradbury - Chair of Judges

The Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2021 Shortlist 

The Screaming Sky
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Featherhood
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£8.99
Paperback
Seed to Dust
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£14.99
Hardback
Thin Places
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English Pastoral
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£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
I Belong Here
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£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
The Wild Silence
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£9.99   £8.49
Paperback

The Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2021 Longlist 

The Circling Sky
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£18.99
Hardback
The Screaming Sky
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Featherhood
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£8.99
Paperback
Seed to Dust
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£14.99
Hardback
The Stubborn Light of Things
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Birdsong in a Time of Silence
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Vesper Flights
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£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Skylarks with Rosie
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Thin Places
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Into The Tangled Bank
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English Pastoral
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£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
I Belong Here
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£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
The Wild Silence
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£9.99   £8.49
Paperback

The Wainwright Prize for Conservation Writing 2021 Winner 

Illuminating a hidden and little-known world of fungi and exploring the ways in which their incredible interconnected webs shape our world, Entangled Life offers radical, hopeful lessons about how we might reconsider our relationship with the planet.

 

‘It blew us away. Astonishing to find a book which after reading, forced us to think about our world view of conservation every day… Beautifully polished, it is a very important piece of work.’

Charlotte Smith - Chair of Judges

The Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation 2021 Shortlist

A Life on Our Planet
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Islands of Abandonment
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£16.99
Hardback
Fathoms
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£9.99
Paperback
Net Zero
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£9.99
Paperback
Under a White Sky
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Entangled Life
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£10.99   £8.99
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The Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation 2021 Longlist

A Life on Our Planet
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Islands of Abandonment
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£16.99
Hardback
What If We Stopped Pretending?
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Fathoms
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£9.99
Paperback
Net Zero
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£9.99
Paperback
Under a White Sky
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The New Climate War
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Riders on the Storm
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The Reindeer Chronicles
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Entangled Life
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£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Ice Rivers
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£20.00
Hardback
A World on the Wing
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Previous Winners

Diary of a Young Naturalist
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Rebirding
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£10.99
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Underland
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The Seabird's Cry
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£10.99
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Where Poppies Blow
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The Green Road Into The Trees
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Meadowland
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£9.99
Paperback
The Outrun
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£8.99
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