Book of the Year 2017

Nominated by Fergus Collins, BBC Countryfile Magazine editor

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These were the five nominations for BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards Book of the Year 2017 category 

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The Outrun

Amy Liptrot finds salvation from alcoholism in her Orkney homeland. “Liptrot writes beautifully about her appreciation of and affinity with the wild islands of her origins.”

Being a Beast

Charles Foster recounts his experiences of living like a badger, otter and urban fox for six weeks at a time. “A book that’s a breed all of its own, one that makes for fascinating, complex, highly entertaining reading.”

The Running Hare: the Secret Life of Farmland 

John Lewis-Stempel contemplates a wheat field. “A pleasurable read.”

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

Chris Packham’s memoir of his boyhood. “Extraordinarily vivid and utterly unique.”

Once Upon a Time in the West Country 

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Comedian Tony Hawks shares his experience of moving to Devon. “A warm, amusing and often bonkers read.”