Robert Macfarlane won The 2019 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize, which celebrates the best books about nature, travel and the outdoors, with his epic exploration of the Earth’s Underworld.
The highly anticipated new book from the internationally bestselling, prize-winning author of Landmarks, The Lost Words and The Old Ways.
In Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the sometimes vast and hidden worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland's glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet's past and future.
Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, Underland is a work of huge range and power, and a remarkable new chapter in Macfarlane's long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart.
Underland is Robert Macfarlane’s 7th book; an extraordinary voyage into our relationship with darkness, burial and our planet’s past and future.
The announcement and presentation of the £5000 prize was made by BBC Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison at the National Trust Theatre at BBC Countryfile Live in Castle Howard, Yorkshire.
Chair of judges Julia Bradbury comments: “I am absolutely delighted that Underland has won the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize; 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 book, 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”
The judges felt this was a truly worthy winner – a passionate book which celebrates the natural world in a way that will enthuse and delight nature lovers and book lovers alike. Underland is a unique plea that demonstrates the urgent need for us all to lessen the impact of human life on the natural world.
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