Adam Nicolson has won the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize with his book The Seabird’s Cry.
The announcement and presentation of the award of £5000 was made yesterday afternoon by Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove MP and BBC Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison at the National Trust Theatre at BBC Countryfile Live in Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, at the end of a public event celebrating nature writing and the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize shortlist.
The Seabird’s Cry by Adam Nicolson (William Collins, HarperCollins)
Seabirds are master navigators, thriving in the most demanding environment on earth. In this book, drawing on all the most recent research, Adam Nicolson follows them to the coasts and islands of Scotland, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, and the Americas. Beautifully illustrated by Kate Boxer, The Seabird’s Cry is a celebration of the wonders of the only creatures at home in the air, on land and on the sea. It also carries a warning: the number of seabirds has dropped by two-thirds since 1950. Extinction stalks the ocean and there is a danger that the grand cry of a seabird colony will this century become little but a memory.
“There is a sadness in the seabirds’ calls, a warning cry from far out to sea, from the crest of the waves and from the craggy cliffs, one that we should take note of but the author does not lecture nor does he paint a sombre picture but rather asks us to celebrate and enjoy and be aware that we have a responsibility to ensure that this great show will continue to be performed for millennia.” -Peter Waine, Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize judge
The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize celebrates the books which most successfully reflect 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.
For the full shortlist see here.