Six Penguin Random House books are in the running to win the prestigious prize, which will be announced in March.
James Rebanks shot to fame when the world fell in love with his farm. Now he's written about his fight to turn it around. We travel to the Lake District to discuss English Pastoral, already being hailed as one of the most important books of the year.
James Rebanks tells us why Beatrix Potter is the Lake District writer he loves the most in this extract from The Shepherd's Life.
James Rebanks is a farmer based in the Lake District, where his family have lived and worked for over six hundred years. His No.1 bestselling debut, The Shepherd's Life, won the Lake District Book of the Year, was shortlisted for the Wainwright and Ondaatje prizes, and has been translated into sixteen languages. His second book, English Pastoral, was also a Top Ten bestseller and was named the Sunday Times Nature Book of the Year. Heralded as a 'masterpiece' by the New Statesman, it was shortlisted for the Ondaatje prize, and longlisted for the Rathbones Folio prize and the Orwell Prize for Political Writing.
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