John Lewis-Stempel‘s Meadowland has won this year’s Thwaites Wainwright Prize.
John Lewis-Stempel’s Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field has won this year’s Thwaites Wainwright Prize for UK Nature and Travel Writing.
The farmer and writer recieved the £5,000 prize for what Chair of judges Dame Fiona Reynolds called “An utterly captivating book… Bewitchingly beautiful, honest and effortless”.
Meadowland chronicles the comings and goings of the seasons, plants and wildlife of a field on Lewis-Stempel’s Herefordshire farm over the course of a full year. There’s startling attention to detail; Tom Cox in The Guardian pointed out that “Books have been written about entire countries that contain a less interesting cast of characters than Lewis-Stempel’s account of one field on the edge of Wales.”
In recognition of the book’s victory, Stanfords is making Meadowland its Book of the Month for May and will be hosting an exclusive event with John Lewis-Stempel in conversation with Wainwright Prize 2015 judge, and BBC Countryfile Magazine Editor, Fergus Collins on Tuesday 28th April at our Long Acre shop.
Ticket are available now online and in our shop