Hay Festival Book of the Year 2017

After hundreds of you nominated your favourite titles of the year, we're delighted to say our Hay Festival Book of the Year 2017 is... The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.

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The Lost Words by Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane

The Lost Words is a unique illustrated collection of spell-poems to re-wild the language of children. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is brought into focus as Macfarlane's words interweave with Morris' stunning illustrations, breathing new life into words of the natural world like Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn.

This work stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke.

Assembled in acrostic spell-poems by the peerless wordsmith that is Robert Macfarlane and illuminated by Jackie Morris’ unparalleled skill in rendering the natural world, The Lost Words is a volume to be treasured forever.


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