The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2019

It is our very great pleasure to confirm Robert Macfarlane’s Underland as the winner of the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2019.

"I am absolutely delighted that Underland has won the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize; Robert has been shortlisted for the prize four times now, so, it feels right that this book, which we all considered to be his best book, has finally won. He writes in a beautiful, lyrical style and this book is a claustrophobic thriller of sorts. He takes his subject, and excavates it comprehensively."

JULIA BRADBURY, Chair of Judges

 

Championed by Waterstones from its first publication and nearly ten years in the making, Underland is an enthralling record of journeys deep into the worlds beneath our feet. Exploring our most feared and venerated spaces of loss, discovery and deep time, Robert Macfarlane asks what this unseen land can tell us about our history and our future. Written with extraordinary lyricism, power and prescience, Underland brings together the ancient and the urgent in a revelatory examination of our imperilled world.

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From the high peaks of Mountains of the Mind to the lost paths of The Old Ways and the vanishing lexicon of The Lost Words, Robert Macfarlane has traced the way our landscape is fused with language, storytelling and imagination. Ten years in the making, Underland is his enthralling record of journeys deep into the worlds beneath our feet. From the burial grounds of the Mendip Hills to the hidden catacombs of Paris, and further, to the deep blue, ancient ice of Greenland, Macfarlane explores - through myth, memory and experience – our most feared and venerated spaces of loss, discovery and deep time. Written with lyricism, power and prescience, Underland brings together the ancient and the urgent in a revelatory examination of an unseen and essential netherworld.

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