Students Staff

05 September 2013

Book exploring the East Anglian coast scoops another award

Professor Jules Pretty

Professor Jules Pretty

This Luminous Coast by University of Essex's Professor Jules Pretty has received another literary award.

This Luminous Coast, which explores the 400 miles of East Anglian coastline from the Thames estuary to the Wash, has been awarded the New Angle Prize for East Anglian Literature.

The book, written by Essex's Deputy Vice-Chancellor, was described by one of the judges, Esther Freud as an “exquisitely written examination of the changing landscape of four hundred miles of East Anglian coastline. It gives you stories as vivid as any novel, and ruminations as thought-provoking as philosophy.”

Professor Pretty said: “It is personally very gratifying to have been given this prestigious literary award. It is also recognition that the research and writing we undertake here at Essex is both high quality and relevant and of interest to the communities and regions around us.”

In 2011, This Luminous Coast was winner of the nature and place category at the Eastern Daily Press/Jarrolds East Anglian Book Awards and was also shortlisted in the Best Non-Fiction Book category by the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain.

The £2,000 prize is organised by The Ipswich Institute and is sponsored by Gotelee Solicitors.

Find out more about This Luminous Coast.


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