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Richard Jefferies Society & White Horse Bookshop Literary Award for Nature Writing

On 11 June 2018 The Seabird's Cry by Adam Nicolson was announced as the winner of the award for books published in 2017.

The short-list was:

  • Beyond Spring by Matthew Oates published by Fair Acre Press
  • A Sweet Wild Note by Richard Smyth published by Elliott and Thompson
  • Waiting for the Albino Dunnock by Richardson Rosamond  published by the Orion Publishing Group
  • The Seabird’s Cry by Adam Nicolson published by  HarperCollins
  • The January Man by Christopher Somerville published by Penguin Random House
  • Nicolson will be talking about his book at the White Horse Bookshop on 4 August 2018 at 2pm.


“The Richard Jefferies Society and White Horse Book Shop Literary Prize”* is awarded 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 will reflect the heritage and spirit of Jefferies’ countryside books.

An annual prize of £1,000 will be awarded for any length or format of writing on themes or topics broadly consistent with the work of Richard Jefferies. It must be published (not re-published) within the calendar year. First English translations of works are eligible. E-books are excluded from the award. 

Nominations may be made by anyone including publishers. 

Decisions about the Prize will be made by the Society's Executive Council and will be final.  The right not to make an award in a given year is reserved. 

The closing date for nominations is December. Please send your nominations by using the email button and include as much covering information as possible.

Publishers are requested to send a copy of the nominated book to:

Richard Jefferies Society, c/o Valezina, 112 Westerfield Road, Ipswich, IP4 2XW  

and to:

Richard Jefferies Society, c/o Granham West, Granham Hill, Marlborough, SN8 4DN.