Rob Cowen is an award-winning writer and author of the acclaimed Common Ground. In 2012 he won the Roger Deakin Award from the Society of Authors for his first book Skimming Stones and Other Ways of Being in the Wild. His second book, Common Ground, was shortlisted for the Portico Literary Prize, Richard Jefferies Society Prize and the 2016 Wainwright Prize, as well as selected as a ‘Book of the Year’ in the Times, the Independent, The Sunday Express and featuring in the Guardian’s Top Ten Readers’ Choice. In 2018, it was voted 3rd in a BBC poll to find Britain’s favourite nature book. Common Ground has been translated into German, released in America and adapted into a live music and spoken word show with Nancy Kerr and Martin Simpson. Rob writes for the New York Times, the Independent, the Independent on Sunday, the Telegraph and the Guardian, and has created radio documentaries for the BBC.


The Heeding

Shortlisted – Richard Jefferies Society Prize 2021
Shortlisted – Books Are My Bag Award 2021


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Common Ground

Top 3 – Britain’s Favourite Nature Book (BBC) 2018
Shortlisted – Wainwright Prize 2016
Shortlisted – Richard Jefferies Society Prize 2015
Shortlisted – Portico Prize for Literature 2015
‘Book Of The Year’ in the Times, the Independent and The Sunday Express
Top Ten Readers’ Choice 2015 the Guardian


Skimming Stones and Other Ways of Being in the Wild

Awarded – Society of Authors Roger Deakin Prize 2012