The Richard Jefferies Award is given annually to the author of the publication considered by the judging panel to be the most outstanding nature writing published in a given calendar year. The winning work must reflect the heritage and spirit of Richard Jefferies’ countryside books.
· Goshawk Summer: A New Forest Season Unlike Any Other by James Aldred (Elliott & Thompson)
· Ice Rivers by Jemma Wadham (Allen Lane)
· Islands of Abandonment: Life in the post-human Landscape by Cal Flyn (William Collins)
· On Gallows Down by Nicola Chester (Chelsea Green Publishing)
· The Sea is Not Made of Water: Life Between the Tides by Adam Nicolson (Collins)
The award was first introduced in 2015 by the Richard Jefferies Society and then sponsored by the White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough. It has attracted an unprecedented number of nominations reflecting the increasing quality of books dedicated to the natural world.
The judging panel will meet in the early summer to agree and announce the overall winner of the £1000 prize.