London Book Fair Innovation in Travel Publishing

WINNER:
Where the Animals Go by James Cheshire & Oliver Uberti

For thousands of years, tracking animals meant following footprints. Now satellites, drones, camera traps, cellphone networks, apps and accelerometers allow us to see the natural world like never before. Geographer James Cheshire and designer Oliver Uberti take you to the forefront of this animal-tracking revolution. Meet the scientists gathering wild data - from seals mapping the sea to baboons making decisions, from birds dodging tornadoes to jaguars taking selfies. Join the journeys of sharks, elephants, bumblebees, snowy owls, and a wolf looking for love. Find an armchair, cancel your plans and go where the animals go.

SHORTLIST:
Blue Crow Media Maps Series by Derek Lamberton

Blue Crow Media, founded by Derek Lamberton, publishes a series of folding twentieth century architecture guide maps. Each map, ranging from Brutalist and Art Deco London to avant-garde Moscow, is designed to reveal and celebrate the title’s style and era; and is printed by one of the UK’s leading sustainable family-run printers.

Citix60: 60 Local Creatives - Best of the City Series

CITIx60 explores the real attractions of creative capitals with expert advice from 60 stars of each city's creative scene - local artists, designers, chefs, architects, musicians, photographers and filmmakers.

 

This an insiders' view of what makes a trip to his or her town memorable. With up to date recommendations on the hottest accommodations, eateries and shops that give the city a distinctive flair, a handy section on travel tips gives basic information on getting around as well as unusual tours to consider, and recurring festivals to better plan your trip. Detailed maps and QR codes provide ease of travel, and a blank pages section at the back of the book with lined, gridded pages allows for note-taking and sketching. In addition, the dust jacket for each volume unfolds to reveal an illustrated map of the city.

Curiocity by Henry Eliot & Matt Lloyd-Rose

Curiocity is the most beautiful and unusual guidebook ever written about London. The authors reimagine the city in twenty-six distinct ways, one for each letter of the alphabet, considering how London might look from a child's perspective or mapping the airspace above the city. At the heart of each chapter is an original, hand-drawn map from artists including Chris Riddell and Steven Appleby, supplemented by countless London voices from Monica Ali to Philip Pullman to Shami Chakrabarti. With practical and highly-unusual itineraries, the authors explore every dimension of London, visiting nuclear bunkers, talking ATMs and Japanese Monkey Fish along the way.

Lonely Planet Best of Series

Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Lonely Planet's Best of series is your guide to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you.

Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras & Ella Morton
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Atlas Obscura revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvellous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveller as the die-hard adventurer.

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