Wainwright Golden Beer Prize

I feel a little overwhelmed at times by lists of books that I feel I should read. (As we know, any sentence with “should” in it is a cause of stress.) All the books on the Wainwright nature writing longlist sound delightful, but will there be time? Like T. S. Eliot’s procrastinating J. Alfred Prufrock, I wonder about time and if it will be worth it:

And would it have been worth it, after all,
After the cups, the marmalade, the tea,
Among the porcelain, among some talk of you and me,
Would it have been worth while,
To have bitten off the matter with a smile,
To have squeezed the universe into a ball
To roll it towards some overwhelming question,
To say: “I am Lazarus, come from the dead,
Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all”—
These authors are still living, they have lots to share with us and a dialogue with them will certainly expand my universe. But where to start? Do let me know if you can recommend any of these…

The 2017 Wainwright Golden Beer Prize Longlist:

 Love of Country by Madeleine Bunting (Granta)

The Otter’s Tale by Simon Cooper (HarperCollins)

The Nature of Autumn by Jim Crumley (Saraband)

Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain by Lucy Jones (Elliott & Thompson)

The Running Hare by John Lewis-Stempel (Transworld)

Where Poppies Blow by John Lewis-Stempel (Orion)

A Sky Full of Birds by Matt Merritt (Ebury)

Wild Kingdom by Stephen Moss (Vintage)

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham (Ebury)

Love, Madness, Fishing by Dexter Petley (Little Toller Books)

The January Man by Christopher Somerville (Transworld)

The Wild Other by Clover Stroud (Hodder & Stoughton)

http://wainwrightprize.com/2017/06/02/wainwright-golden-beer-book-prize-for-nature-writing-longlist-and-judges-announcement/

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