Harrogate author to learn if he has won UK 'book of the year'

Harrogate nature writer Rob Cowen.
Harrogate nature writer Rob Cowen.

Harrogate author Rob Cowen will discover tomorrow, Friday, if his best-selling book Common Ground has won the Wainwright Prize for the best UK nature and travel writing of the year.

Published in paperback by Windmill, Common Ground is up against titles by the likes of Robert McFarlane and James Rebanks.
The book tells the story of how Cowen spend an entire year exploring a single square mile of scruffy wood, meadow, hedge and river at the back of Bilton, then researching its entire history through the centuries.
A regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph, Cowen, who is married with two young children and lives in Bilton, is looking forward to meeting readers.
Despite Common Ground's obscure subject matter, Rob's book has received glowing testimonies from the likes of Alan Bennett, Michael Palin and Joanne Harris.
And the author, the book and, indeed, Bilton itself also featured in a recent episode of BBC TV’s Countryfile.
Described as “mesmerising” by Chocolat author Joanne Harris, Common Ground has been nominated for a string of awards since it was published in hardback last year by Random House.

The cover of the paperback version of Rob Cowen's Common Ground.

The cover of the paperback version of Rob Cowen's Common Ground.