John Lewis-Stempel is an award-winning writer predominantly known for his books on nature and history. He lives in Herefordshire, on the very edge of England before it runs into Wales, and within a stone's throw (with a decent gust of wind) from where his family were farming in the 1300s.
Six Weeks, his book about British frontline officers in the First World War, published in November 2010 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson was described by The Literary Review as 'the most moving book I have ever read on the First World War'. The book became a number 1 bestseller in WW1 category on Amazon. His non-fiction bestseller Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field featured on Radio 4's Start the Week, and won the 2015 Thwaites Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing; it was also shortlisted for BBC Countryfile Book of the Year 2014. The Running Hare, published in 2016, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller. In 2017 he won the Wainwright Prize for a second time, with Where Poppies Blow: The British soldier, Nature, and the Great War.
Currently he writes for Country Life and in 2016 was won the BSME Magazine Columnist of the Year Award.
The Guardian's video interview with him about The Wild Life , his book describing a year foraging, can be seen at