Paul Theroux received the prestigious Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing.  The acclaimed American travel writer and novelist, best know for The Great Railway Bazaar (1975), has enjoyed a long career studded with accolades, awards and honours. A number of Theroux’s novels have been made into films and later this year Apple Films will release a ten part TV series based on his “Mosquito Coast”.

Vivien Godfrey, Chairman and Chief Executive of Stanfords, said “Paul has enjoyed a truly global existence, spending time in Malawi and Uganda, Singapore and London, as well as his native home in America. His travel writing consequently carries rich descriptions, portraying an intimate knowledge and understanding of the people and places he has been.”

“His epic trips, undertaken on foot, by road, and rail - and on occasion in a kayak - embody the spirit of a true adventurer and that is at the very heart of all we do at Stanfords – many congratulations and well deserved Paul.” Previous winners of this category include Colin Thubron, Bill Bryson, Michael Palin and Jan Morris.