Tuesday, August 17, 2021

ORCHARD blooms at Marlborough Festival of Literature

 Delighted to announce that Ben Macdonald will be speaking about his prize-winning book Orchard, co-authored with Nick Gates, at the Marlborough LitFest on Saturday, 2 October at 2pm at St Mary's Church Hall. 


Tickets £10 and available on this page. 

Monday, May 24, 2021

'ORCHARD' BEARS FRUIT FOR TOP LITERARY AWARD

 




In a year which attracted an unprecedented number of submissions and led to an exceptionally strong shortlist [1] the Richard Jefferies Society [2] and the White Horse Bookshop [3] Literary Prize for the most outstanding nature writing produced in 2020 has been awarded to Benedict Macdonald and Nicholas Gates for Orchard: A Year in England’s Eden (Collins). Macdonald, a television producer, naturalist and conservation writer, becomes the first person to win this award twice since the award was introduced in 2015. He succeeded with Rebirding last year. Nicholas Gates is a naturalist, photographer and wild life producer. 

Sunday, February 14, 2021


Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) was an authority on agriculture and rural life. Best known for his nature writing, he was also an essayist, novelist and mystic. The Richard Jefferies Society (Registered Charity No 1042838) was founded in 1950 to promote appreciation and study of his writing. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Shortlist announced: best nature-writing books published in 2020

 

    ·         Orchard. A Year in England’s Eden by Benedict Macdonald and Nicholas Gates.  [Collins]

·         Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty. [Little Toller]

·         The Consolation of Nature: Spring in the Time of Coronavirus by Michael McCarthy, Jeremy Mynott and Peter Marren. [Hodder]

·         The Swallow: A Biography  by Stephen Moss. [Square Peg]

·         Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake. [Bodley Head]

·         The Gospel of the Eels: A Father, a Son and the World’s Most Enigmatic Fish by Patrik Svensson. [Picador]