Lost words

Congratulations to Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, who last night won the Beautiful Book Award for The Lost Words at the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards. 

Shortlisted and voted for exclusively by booksellers, the Beautiful Book Award recognises books as artefacts and celebrates the beauty of the physical book. Penguin General had two titles shortlisted in this category, with Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing also nominated alongside The Lost Words.

The Readers Awards also saw eight other Penguin Random House books make their shortlists, alongside Vintage authors Abir Mukherjee and Édouard Louis, who were both nominated for the Breakthrough Author Award.

Lost words
lost words

Described by the Bookseller as 'One of the most beautiful books of the year... A symphony to the wonders of the natural world', The Lost Words is a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller and is shortlisted for this year's Waterstone's Book of the Year. With acrostic spell-poems and hand-painted illustration, it conjures lost words and species back into our everyday lives and stands against the disappearance of a wild childhood. 

The book's beautful illustrations, courtesy of co-author Jackie, have been particularly celebrated, and you can read more about her approach to the design process here.

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  • The Lost Words



    A timeless, beautifully designed book for children and adults alike, The Lost Words is a gift that will be pored over and cherished for years to come.

    All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. These are the words of the natural world; Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn, all gone. A wild landscape of imagination and play is rapidly fading from our children's minds.

    The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration - in art and word - of nearby nature and its wonders. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and illustrations by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book evokes the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

    *** Discover The Lost Spells, the magical companion book from the creators of a literary phenomenon. ***

    Praise for The Lost Words:

    'The most beautiful and thought-provoking book I've read this year' Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Observer

    'Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris have made a thing of astonishing beauty' Alex Preston, Observer

    'My top book of the year' Susan Hill, Spectator

    'Gorgeous to look at and to read. Give it to a child to bring back the magic of language - and its scope' Jeanette Winterson, Guardian

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