Jackie Morris

The Lost Words
  • The Lost Words

  • THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

    WINNER OF THE CILIP KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL 2019

    WINNER OF THE BEAUTIFUL BOOK AWARD 2017

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE FOR NATURE WRITING 2018

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

    '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

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

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

    From the outstanding creative partnership of Robert Macfarlane (Underland, The Old Ways) and Jackie Morris (Tell Me a Dragon, The Snow Leopard)

    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. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children's minds.

    The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

Jackie Morris grew up in the Vale of Evesham, dreaming of becoming an artist and living by the sea. She studied at Hereford College of Arts and at Bath Academy, and went on to illustrate for the New Statesman, Independent and Guardian among many other publications. As a children's author and artist, she has created over forty books, including beloved classics such as Song of the Golden Hare, Tell Me A Dragon, East of the Sun, West of the Moon and The Wild Swans. She collaborated with Ted Hughes, and her books have sold more than a million copies worldwide. Jackie now lives in a cottage on the cliffs of Pembrokeshire, which she shares with a small pride of cats and various other gentle creatures.