Amy Liptrot

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Irish consultant neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan has won the Wellcome Book Prize 2016 for ‘It’s All In Your Head’ which explores  psychosomatic illness. Photograph: Thomas Farnetti/Wellcome Book Prize /PA Wire.

Irish consultant neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan has won the Wellcome Book Prize 2016 for It’s All In Your Head, which explores the common - yet largel(...)

Like H Is for Hawk author Helen Macdonald, who returned to falconry following a bereavement, Amy Liptrot approaches the natural world by way of the personal. Although Liptrot’s style is superficially stark, eschewing the lyrical excesses derided by Kathleen Jamie, it belies a quiet relentlessness of ambition. Photograph: Lisa Swarna Khanna

We have come to expect more of nature writing than we once did. It tended, until recently, to come in handsomely produced and gift-friendly volumes, a(...)