Thank you so much again for yesterday's kind comments, so many words that rang so true... we read and felt buoyed by them all and are very grateful x
And so for now, having shared all that, I feel it can be onwards and upwards with some books because it will be business as usual whenever possible.
It's a new one on me, but I tripped over something about The Wainwright Prize recently, not least because the long list looks a bit like my bookshelf...and possibly a little like yours, because I know we have talked about quite a few of the books on here.
Wainwright Prize 2015 longlist
January 26, 2015
The longlist for the 2015 Wainwright Prize is as follows:
Britannia Obscura: Mapping Hidden Britain by Joanne Parker (Vintage, Penguin Random House)
Counting Sheep by Philip Walling (Profile)
Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel (Transworld Publishers)
Running Free: A Runner’s Journey Back to Nature by Richard Askwith(Vintage/Yellow Jersey, Penguin Random House)
The Moor by William Atkins (Faber & Faber)
The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs by Tristan Gooley (Hodder & Stoughton)
Walking Home by Clare Balding (Penguin Books)
The shortlist will be announced on 26th March and the winner will be announced at a ceremony on 22nd April.
For those who may not have heard of him, this information from the website about Wainwright gives some background to the prize..
'Born in Blackburn in 1907, Alfred Wainwright left school at the age of 13. A holiday at the age of 23 kindled a life-long love affair with the Lake District. Following a move to Kendal in 1941 he began to devote every spare moment he had to researching and compiling the original seven Pictorial Guides. He described these as his ‘love letters’ to the Lakeland Fells and at the end of the first, The Eastern Fells, he wrote about what the mountains had come to mean to him:
“I suppose it might be said, to add impressiveness to the whole thing, that this book has been twenty years in the making, for it is so long, and more, since I first came from a smoky mill-town (forgive me, Blackburn!) and beheld, from Orrest Head, a scene of great beauty, a fascinating paradise, Lakeland’s mountains and trees and water. That was the first time I had looked upon beauty, or imagined it, even.”
And there's me thinking I wasn't getting much done lately but I have already written about The Ash Tree, On Silbury Hill and H is for Hawk. My thoughts on Rising Ground by Philip Marsden are written and will be on here soon, whilst Meadowland is my year-long-read-a-bit-every-day book for this year, along with Claxton, as both are written in diary form. I have also been traversing The Moor on and off for months, borrowed Counting Sheep from the library and have Britannia Obscura reserved, so for once I feel I almost have a long list covered without really trying.
The Wainwright Prize 'seeks to reward the best writing on the general outdoors, nature and UK-based travel writing' and 'the prize will be awarded to the work which best reflects Wainwright’s core values of Great British writing & culture and a celebration of the Outdoors.'
Last year's chair of judges Dame Fiona Reynolds suggests that..
'..nature writing tugs at the heart and stimulates the spirit.'
and I have to admit I lean more and more towards these books over any other these days, and yes, for these reasons, as well as for the way they make me look out of the window for longer, and walk the ground so differently too.
What a rich treat of a list this is...