PRH imprints and independent publishers dominate this year's Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize longlist.
Indies bagged five nominations with Lanny by Max Porter (Faber), Landfill by Tim Dee (Little Toller Books), Wild Woman Swimming by Lynne Roper (The Selkie Press) longlisted alongside The Easternmost House by Juliet Blaxland (Sandstone Press) and Ghost Trees by Bob Gilbert (Saraband).
PRH landed five nominations with Vintage imprint Jonathan Cape grabbing two for Time Song by Julia Blackburn and Our Place by Mark Cocker. Vintage stablemates How To Catch A Mole by Marc Hamer (Harvill Secker) and The Stopping Places by Damian Le Bas (Chatto & Windus) also made the longlist alongside three-times nominated Robert Macfarlane for Underland (Hamish Hamilton).
Hachette picked up two nominations with Thinking On My Feet by Kate Humble (Aster) and Out of the Woods by Luke Turner (Weidenfeld & Nicolson). Wilding by Isabella Tree (Picador) completes the longlist.
The £5,000 prize celebrates the best books about nature, the outdoors and UK travel and is awarded annually to the book which most successfully reflects the ethos of renowned nature writer Alfred Wainwright’s work, with the longlist revealed today (Wednesday 5th June) to coincide with World Environment Day.
Jane King from The Wainwright Society said: “The explosion of writing in this genre is very exciting to see and the longlist this year is even stronger and more varied than before. My late stepfather, Alfred Wainwright, creator of the iconic Pictorial Guides to the Lake District fells, would have been delighted to see so many writers today following in his own love of walking and the British countryside.”
The judging panel for the 2019 prize will be chaired, for the third year running, by TV presenter Julia Bradbury. Waterstones non-fiction buyer Clement Knox, National Trust publisher Katie Bond, Unbound publisher John Mitchinson, The Urban Birder David Lindo and creative partner for agency And Rising Anna Arnell make up the judging panel.
The prize shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 2nd July at an event at Waterstones Piccadilly. The winner will be announced on 15th August at an event in the National Trust Arena at the BBC Countryfile Live at Castle Howard, Yorkshire.