John Lewis-Stempel wins the Wainwright Prize 2015

John Lewis-Stempel‘s Meadowland has won this year’s Thwaites Wainwright Prize.

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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

Read an extract from Meadowland

Find out more about the shortlist






3 thoughts on “John Lewis-Stempel wins the Wainwright Prize 2015”

  1. As a long-term customer of Stanfords and past resident of Hertfordshire, I cannot help but be mildly irritated and amused by Stanfords error in promoting the award winning book ” Meadowlands” as in ” HERTFORDSHIRE NEAR THE WELSH BORDERS!!” , HERTFORDSHIRE AND HEREFORDSHIRE are both delightful counties but very different in character, but the two are often confused by the media. I have walked and cycled in both, but fortunately not yet found a map which confuses them!!

  2. Dear Chris

    My sincere apologies – entirely my mistake typing in a hurry to get the news out. As a Welshman, it’s a particularly embarrassing mistake to have made. I hope your amusement outweighed your irritation.

    Thanks for pointing out my mistake – I’ve amended it.


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