Patrick Barkham is a Natural History Writer for the Guardian where he has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. His first book, The Butterfly Isles, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. His second, Badgerlands, was hailed by Chris Packham as “a must read for all Britain’s naturalists” and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Wainwright Prize. Badgerlands won the best general non-fiction prize at the East Anglian Book Awards 2014. Coastlines(2015) was judged “an informative, enthusiastic and at times rapturous celebration of our shores” by Blake Morrison. Patrick’s latest book, Islander, is a journey to meet the human and non-human residents of Britain’s smaller isles – a celebration of currents that flow away from the mainstream. It is published in October this year.