Irreplaceable: Wainwright Prize Longlist

It’s hard to believe that the Wainwright Prize is only seven years old, such is the excitement that surrounds this book award for nature writing in the UK. In that short period of time, the prize has been awarded to works that have immediately become modern classics, books whose brilliance will endure well into the future, including The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, Underland by Robert Macfarlane and The Seabird’s Cry by Adam Nicholson. This year an additional prize category has been added to the original one, expanding the scope of the Wainwright endeavour to include works exploring environmental issues across the planet. This past Friday, on World Environment Day, the longlists for both prizes were made public, and I’m deeply honoured and thrilled to say that Irreplaceable: The Fight to Save our Wild Places has been included in the Writing on Global Conservation category. There are a number of fantastic and important books on this longlist, and I’m deeply grateful to the judges for including Irreplaceable, and, as always, thankful to those who shared their stories of connection and resistance that appear in its pages.

The full longlists for both the Nature Writing and Global Conservation categories can be found via the links. And for anyone interested in Irreplaceable, the first chapter of the book has been posted on the Wainwright Prize website. The Introduction can be read here, in a post called A Murmuration of Starlings. Congratulations to all the longlisted authors; the shortlists will be announced at the end of July.

4 thoughts on “Irreplaceable: Wainwright Prize Longlist

  1. This is so exciting, Julian! Completely expected, and not the last of the awards for which it will be considered, I’m sure! Congratulations on this huge well-deserved honor. I’m so happy for you!

    1. Thank you ever so much, Jenny. Not only for these kind words of yours, but for all your support over the years and for giving me the opportunity to experience the redwoods and elephant seals that ended up in the book. I’m deeply grateful.

    1. Many, many thanks, Sheila! A friend passed on to me the beautiful and generous review of the book you wrote for your blog and I was deeply touched by it. Thank you so much – I’m so pleased the book resonated with you.

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