Richard Askwith is a Northamptonshire-based journalist and author whose passions include running, outdoor adventure and the traditions and ordinary people of the English countryside. His cult book about fell-running, FEET IN THE CLOUDS (2004), won him the Best New Writer prize at the British Sports Publishing Awards and the Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition, as well as being shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and for the Boardman-Tasker Prize. This was followed in 2008 by THE LOST VILLAGE: IN SEARCH OF A FORGOTTEN RURAL ENGLAND, which was named Non-Fiction Book of the Year in the 2009 Saga Grown-Up Awards. He is co-author of LET IT GO (2012), Dame Stephanie Shirley's account of her life as a champion of women's rights and philanthropy.
His latest book under his own name, RUNNING FREE: A RUNNER'S JOURNEY BACK TO NATURE, was published by Yellow Jersey in March 2014. It has been short-listed for the Thwaites Wainwright Prize.
Richard is Associate Editor of The Independent, for whom he has edited a number of books, most recently the acclaimed A HISTORY OF THE GREAT WAR IN 100 MOMENTS (2014).