John Lewis-Stempel

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John Lewis-Stempel
Born Hereford 1967
Occupation Writer

John Lewis-Stempel is a farmer, writer, and Sunday Times Top 5 best-selling author. He was born in Herefordshire in 1967, England, where his family have lived for over seven hundred years.[1]


He has written on a range of subjects from Native Americans to Fatherhood, but specialises in military history and natural history under his family name. He is a former columnist for the Sunday Express (for which he still writes features), and currently a columnist for Country Life. His column on nature and farming in Country Life won him Magazine Columnist of the Year in the 2016 BSME Awards [2]

Lewis-Stempel's book Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field won the Thwaites Wainwright Prize and was also short-listed for BBC Countryfile's Country Book of the Year 2014. In 2016 The Running Hare was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and a Sunday Times best seller. He was commended for his 'Summa Cima dell'Everest' by the Jury of the Gambrinus 'Giuseppe Mazozotti' Literary Prize, Italy, in the same year.[3]



  • Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature, The Great War (2016)
  • The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland (2016)
  • A Brief History of the British Army (with Jock Haskell) (2016)
  • Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field (2014)
  • The War Behind the Wire: The Life, Death and Glory of British Prisoners of War, 1914-18 (2014)
  • Foraging, The essential guide to wild food (2012)
  • Young James Herriot: The Making of the World's Most Famous Vet (2012)
  • Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War: The Life and Death of the British Officer in the First World War (2011)
  • Young Herriot: The Early Life and Times of James Herriot (2011)
  • The Wild Life: A Year of Living on Wild Food (2010)
  • The Autobiography of the British Soldier: From Agincourt to Basra, in His Own Words (2007)
  • England: The Autobiography (2005)
  • Fatherhood: An Anthology (2001)

Personal life[edit]

Lewis-Stempel lives on a farm in Herefordshire with his wife, Penelope, and children, Tristram and Freda.[citation needed]


  1. ^ The Wild Life, Doubleday, 2009
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