Mark Cocker

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The paperback of Our Place came out in early April. It's had the best critical reception of any of my books (except Birds and People in 2013). And I've just learnt that it has been shortlisted for the Richard Jefferies Society and White Horse Bookshop Literary Prize 2018.


I am also looking forward to a different kind of book tour to last year's, when I said 'yes' to everything. I ended up travelling from the Isle of Man to Kent, from Dorset to Wigtown, Edinburgh and Grantown-on-Spey. I already have some lovely events programmed in 2019 and act as host for a series of nature-themed talks as part of the Buxton International Festival in early July.

A Claxton Diary (warmer yellow) Our Place full cover

Over the course of discussing and, latterly, collaborating on six book covers with the artist Jonathan Gibbs, Jonny has become a much-valued friend. Here's his latest image for my latest book. I am so thrilled. They get better each time and I also look forward to seeing the twelve woodcuts that will go inside. I can't wait for his spider! His art is the perfect accompaniment to what I hope - and believe - is a collection of my best writing on local wildlife. It arrives in July. 

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