For the second time, John Lewis-Stempel has won the £5,000 (about $6,565) Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize, which celebrates the best books about nature and U.K. travel, for Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature, The Great War. In 2015, he won the award for his book Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field.
Chair of judges Julia Bradbury said: "Where Poppies Blow is destined to be a modern classic. An extraordinary book about the healing power and resilience of nature in the darkest of times. Beautifully written and profoundly moving it is a reminder of the atrocities of war but John Lewis-Stempel cleverly weaves in the story of the animals and wildlife that survive, die and thrive alongside the men and women who lost their lives."