Agent: Julian Alexander
John Lewis-Stempel is a writer and farmer. He is a columnist for Country Life and the author of a number of books including; England: The Autobiography, (Penguin, 2005) The Wild Life, (Black Swan, 2016) Six Weeks, (Orion, 2011) and The War Behind the Wire (Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2014) - an account of the lives of British soldiers in Prisoner of War camps.
The 2015 Thwaites Wainwright Prize winning Meadowland (Transworld, 2014) was published to great acclaim in 2014. Told in exquisite prose, it provides a unique and intimate account of the passing seasons in an ancient meadow on John's farm.
Published in 2016 The Running Hare (Transworld, 2016) was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. It tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland through the eyes of man who took on a field and husbanded it in a natural, traditional way, restoring its fertility and wildlife, bringing back the old farmland flowers and animals.
Where Poppies Blow (Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2016) is the unique story of the British soldiers of the Great War and their relationship with the animals and plants around them. The book makes John Lewis-Stempel the first author to win the Wainwright Prize twice, first in 2015 and again in 2017 - being nominated twice in 2017 for Where Poppies Blow and The Running Hare.
The Wood (Doubleday, 2018) follows a year in the English woodlands during John's time managing Cockshutt wood. In 2018 it was nominated for Books Are My Bag Reader's Award 'Most Beautiful Book'.
John has also been working on a series of short books. The first, The Secret Life of the Owl (Doubleday, 2017) explores our captivation with the bird. They feature in every major culture from the Stone Age to the Harry Potter series. John Lewis-Stempel explores the legends and history of this magnificent creature.
His second short book, The Glorious Life of the Oak (Doubleday, 2018) explores our relationship with Britain's most beloved and common tree. From the Angles to Nelson's Navy, and even in the digital Apple age the real oak still has resonance.