We're so pleased to share the news that Clover Stroud's beautiful memoir, The Wild Other, is on the longlist for the Wainright Prize.
Now in its fourth year, The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize, is awarded annually to the book which most successfully reflects the ethos of renowned nature writer Alfred Wainwright’s work, to inspire readers to explore the outdoors and to nurture a respect for the natural world.
The judging panel for the 2017 prize will be chaired by TV presenter Julia Bradbury. Joining Julia on the judging panel are: fellow TV presenter Matt Baker; editor of the National Trust Magazine, Sally Palmer; chair of both Gardener’s Question Time and the Wainwright Society, Eric Robson; Mail on Sunday journalist, Sarah Oliver; and ex-Chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Peter Waine.
The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize celebrates the resurgent genre of nature writing and the 2017 longlist is proof that British nature and travel writing is in good health.
Chair of judges, Julia Bradbury comments; “I’m delighted to be chairing the judging panel for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize this year, it really is a thought-provoking prize. The books that my fellow judges and I have longlisted capture many different aspects of the natural world whilst displaying the strength and variety in nature writing in the UK today. I’m excited that through this prize, we are helping to celebrate these books and the natural landscapes and creatures that have inspired them.”
A powerful and beautifully written memoir from journalist Clover Stroud, about grief, motherhood, depression and the healing power of nature and horses.
'There is so much richly evoked life here... beautifully written.' Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times
'This redemptive memoir will steal your heart; it will return it bruised but emboldened.' Mail on Sunday
'Beautifully written...I love this book.' India Knight
'Compelling and candid, deftly weaving together past and present... a heart-wrenching story told in haunting, lyrical prose.' Tatler
'I have huge admiration for the spirit of this memoir, and its author: full of heart, bravery and adventure. A moving, gripping read.' Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun
Clover Stroud's idyllic childhood in rural England was shattered when a horrific riding accident left her mother permanently brain-damaged.
Just sixteen, she embarked on a journey to find the sense of home that had been so savagely broken. Travelling from gypsy camps in Ireland, to the rodeos of west Texas and then to Russia's war-torn Caucasus, Clover eventually found her way back to England's lyrical Vale of the White Horse.
The Wild Other is a grippingly honest account of love, loss, family and the healing strength of nature. Powerful and deeply emotional, this is the story
of an extraordinary life lived at its fullest.
Clover Stroud is a writer and journalist writing for the Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, and Conde Nast Traveller, among others. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and five children.