The shortlist for the 2019 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize, which celebrates the best books about nature, the outdoors and UK travel, has been announced today!

“Celebrating its sixth year, The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize, is awarded annually to the book which most successfully reflects the ethos of renowned nature writer Alfred Wainwright’s work, to inspire readers to explore the outdoors and to nurture a respect for the natural world.

With our natural landscapes under increasing threat from the climate crisis, this is a crucial time to reconnect with nature. From personal journeys in wild places to rallying cries for change, the 2019 shortlist is essential reading in trying times.” 

The seven titles shortlisted for the 2019 prize are:

Underland by Robert Macfarlane (Hamish Hamilton)
Wilding by Isabella Tree (Picador)
Time Song by Julia Blackburn (Jonathan Cape)
Our Place by Mark Cocker (Jonathan Cape)
Thinking On My Feet by Kate Humble (Aster)
Out of the Woods by Luke Turner (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
The Easternmost House by Juliet Blaxland (Sandstone Press) 

The winner of the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize will be announced on 15th August at an event in the National Trust Arena at BBC Countryfile Live at Castle Howard, Yorkshire.

The other titles that were included in the long-list for the 2019 prize are:

Lanny by Max Porter (Faber & Faber)
Landfill by Tim Dee (Little Toller Books)
How to Catch a Mole and Find Yourself in Nature by Marc Hamer (Harvill Secker)
The Stopping Places: A Journey Through Gypsy Britain by Damian Le Bas (Vintage)
Wild Woman Swimming by Lynne Roper (The Selkie Press)
Ghost Trees: Nature and People in a London Parish by Bob Gilbert (Saraband)

Click on the titles above to read Paul Cheney’s reviews of all the books short- and long-listed for this year’s Wainwright Prize.