Alex Preston and Neil Gower's As the Kingfishers Catch Fire has made the shortlist for the Most Beautiful Book of the Year award, a part of the Books Are My Bag Reader's Awards. In As Kingfishers Catch Fire, Preston combines his love of bird-watching and literature, creating a personal anthology of nature writing. Illustrated by Neil Gower, the book has been praised as "a future classic" by The Bookseller.
This is the second year the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards have been given out. The shortlists are composed by bookshops from across the UK, with the nominees then voted on by readers.