John Lewis-Stempel

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John Lewis-Stempel
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Known forMilitary and natural histories

John Lewis-Stempel (born 1967) is an English farmer, writer, and Sunday Times Top 5 best selling author. He was born in Herefordshire, where his family have lived for over 700 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 and The Times. 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, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Wainwright Prize, The Richard Jefferies Society Prize and the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award. He won the 2017 Wainwright Prize with another shortlisted book, Where Poppies Blow, about British soldiers and their relationship with nature in World War I.[3] The Spectator has described him as 'the hottest nature writer around',[4] and The Times as 'Britain's finest living nature writer'. The Wood: The Life and Times of Cockshutt Wood, released in 2018, was also a Radio 4 Book of the Week, and Sunday Times top five bestseller. His history of farming in England, Woodston, published in 2021, also became a Sunday Times bestseller.[5]



  • The Shepherd's Tale (2022) *The Soaring Life of the Lark (2021) *Woodston (2021)
  • Still Water: The Deep Life of the Pond (2019)
  • The Glorious Life of the Oak (2018)
  • The Wood: The Life and Times of Cockshutt Wood (2018)
  • The Secret Life of the Owl (2017)
  • 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 Haswell) (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 and two children.[citation needed]


  1. ^ The Wild Life, Doubleday, 2009
  2. ^ "2016 Bsme Awards".
  3. ^ "'Where Poppies Blow' wins 2017 Wainwright Book Award".
  4. ^ "Wise old birds | the Spectator".
  5. ^ "The Sunday Times Bestsellers List — the UK's definitive book sales chart".

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