On Sunday I finished the last of the 13 books on this year’s Wainwright Prize Longlist. There are some cracking books on there covering subjects as diverse as gulls to moles, wild swimming and gipsy parking places. London features twice with sexual adventures in Epping Forrest and ghost trees in Poplar and there are two books on what is happening to our wildlife and the possibilities of what might happen if we change. We head under the sea to Doggerland and deep beneath the surface in Underland. Unusually there is a fiction book on the longlist, however, Lanny is a disturbing read but closely linked to the pagan landscape that we can still see if we look. Lastly, there is a book on the pleasures of walking and another about the loss of coastal landscape on the east coast of Britain.
There were a few surprises on this list, and I think that it was missing some that I read and really enjoyed last year, for example, Under the Rock and The Pull of the River to name but two.
I do not envy the judges selecting the shortlist but it is announced this morning. There is an event tonight at Waterstones Picadilly and I am going to be there. I am really looking forward to meeting the authors and will be taking a small pile of books to be signed too.
Links to all of my reviews are below:
Underland by Robert Macfarlane
Wilding: The Return Of Nature To A British Farm by Isabella Tree
Lanny by Max Porter
Landfill by Tim Dee
Time Song: Searching For Doggerland by Julia Blackburn
How To Catch A Mole And Find Yourself In Nature by Marc Hamer
The Stopping Places: A Journey Through Gypsy Britain by Damian Le Bas
Thinking On My Feet by Kate Humble
Wild Woman Swimming by Lynne Roper
Out of the Woods by Luke Turner
The Easternmost House by Juliet Blaxland
Ghost Trees: Nature and People in a London Parish by Bob Gilbert
My favourites on the list are, Wilding, Landfill, Underland and Our Place. Closely followed by Lanny and Wild Woman Swimming.
Who do you think is going to be on the shortlist?
Who do you want to be on the shortlist?