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James Cropper Wainwright Prize 2022 shortlists

The 2022 James Cropper Wainwright Prize has announced its shortlists and Canongate Books has three books shortlisted in two of the categories;

2022 James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Nature

  • The Instant by Amy Liptrot. In The Instant, 2016 Wainwright Nature Writing Prize winner Amy Liptrot leaves behind the quiet isolation of her beloved Orkneys for Berlin, meticulously charting the phases of the moon as she searches for love, new experiences and urban wildlife. 
  • Time on Rock: A Climber’s Route into the Mountains by Anna Fleming. Time on Rock charts Anna Fleming’s journey from terrified beginner to confident lead climber, as climbing offers her a profound new way into the natural world.

James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Children’s Writing on Nature and Conservation

  • The Biggest Footprint: Eight billion humans. One clumsy giant written by Rob Sears, illustrated by Tom Sears. Complex environmental issues are tackled in highly original and imaginative ways in The Biggest Footprint by writer/illustrator brothers Rob and Tom Sears, who re-imagine the whole of humanity as one massive giant to personalise the issue of climate change for younger readers and show how humans can do a better job of looking after our planet.

See the full shortlists on the James Cropper Wainwright Prize website. The winners will be announced on 7 September 2022.

Named after much-loved nature writer Alfred Wainwright, the aim of the Prize is to inspire everyone to connect with nature and embrace the outdoors. This year’s shortlisted books reflect the astonishing range and depth of nature writing, with titles that confront difficult, yet vitally important issues around climate change, food supplies and the decline of insects, stressing urgency of action whilst offering hope for the future, celebrating the wonder of life everywhere – from our back gardens to the Arctic Circle – and illuminating the healing power of nature through stories of personal connection and discovery.