Robert Macfarlane wins 2019 Wainwright Book Prize

Huge congratulations to Robert Macfarlane whose book Underland has been awarded the 2019 Wainwright Book Prize, celebrating the best writing on the outdoors, nature and travel. Macfarlane has previously been shortlisted for the award three times, with nominations for The Old Ways (2014), Landmarks (2016), and The Lost Words (2018) along with Jackie Morris.

Julia Bradbury, the chair of judges for the prize, said: “Robert has been shortlisted for the prize four times now, so, it feels right that this book, which we all considered to be his best, has finally won. He writes in a beautiful, lyrical style and this book is a claustrophobic thriller of sorts. He takes his subject and excavates it comprehensively.”