Shortlist for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year announced

Travel writing’s renaissance -

the first Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year shortlist crosses continents

Wainwright Prize nominee amongst titles in the running for this year’s Stanford Dolman

Judges praise list that celebrates “point, purpose and glory of travel writing”

Call for booksellers and the public to nominate their choice for Outstanding Contribution Award

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Philip Marsden’s Rising Ground, an exploration of the landscape around his remote farmhouse in Cornwall nominated for the Wainwright Prize earlier this year, joins a diverse range of titles on this year’s Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year shortlist.

Speaking at the shortlist announcement on Thursday evening at Stanfords, Covent Garden, Chair of Judges Barnaby Rogerson said “We want the winner of the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year to be able to showcase the continued point, purpose and glory of travel writing. These six authors, through their style, humour, veracity and commitment have proven themselves exemplars of this Stanford Dolman spirit.”

Joining Marsden’s book on this year’s list are Helena Attlee’s exploration of the role of lemons in the Italian cultural landscape, The Land Where Lemons Grow; Horatio Clare’s embedded account of life below decks on the giant container ships of our era, in Down to the Sea in Ships; Nick Hunt’s contemporary retracing of Patrick Leigh Fermor’s journey from the Hook of Holland to the Golden Horn, Walking the Woods and the Water; Jens Mühling’s travels into the mindscape of modern Russia, attracted and distracted by the lure of a lone hermit in the wilderness, A Journey Into Russia; and Elizabeth Pisani’s revelatory account of her travels in Indonesia, Indonesia Etc..

Chris Schüler, Chairman of the Authors’ Club, said, “The Authors’ Club has administered the Dolman Prize since 2005 in order to promote works of literary merit that instil a sense of place, excitement and wonder. We are greatly impressed by the quality and breadth of this year’s shortlist, which demonstrates that this inspirational genre is in vigorous health.”

“We are thrilled that the judges have produced a list that really does have something for every reader,” added Tony Maher, Managing Director of Stanfords, the world’s largest map and travel bookshop, “from a homage to the late great Paddy Leigh Fermor to a celebration of the historical and continued importance of seafaring. There’s a delicious journey through Italy, time and taste and a philosophical search for the mysterious connection between people and place. Then there are books which help us glimpse the realities of life in two countries - Russia and Indonesia - and reveal that they are still remarkably unknown to us in the west.”

Stanfords announced sponsorship of the Dolman prize earlier this year, doubling its funds and adding it to the newly created Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards alongside the Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing.

At the shortlist announcement, Maher also called on booksellers and the public at large to nominate the living travel writers who they believe have most contributed to the genre. “We want to hear from readers who they feel have made travel writing what it is today,” he said, “All you have to do is tweet the author’s name with the hashtag #ShowedMeTheWorld. We’ll use the suggestions to build a longlist, from which our bookselling partners will choose a winner.”

The ultimate winner of the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year will be announced on 28th September at a ceremony at the National Liberal Club in London, where they will be presented with a cheque for £5,000 and a specially commissioned globe by master globe-makers Lander & May of the Isle of Wight.

The Shortlist

The Land Where Lemons Grow, Helena Attlee 9780241952573, Penguin (Penguin Random House)

Down to the Sea in Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men, Horatio Clare 9780099526292, Vintage (Penguin Random House)

Walking the Woods and the Water: In Patrick Leigh Fermor’s footsteps

from the Hook of Holland to the Golden Horn, Nick Hunt 9781857886177, (Nicholas Brealey Publishing)

Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place, Philip Marsden 9781847086303, (Granta)

A Journey Into Russia, Jens Mühling 9781907973949, (Haus Publishing)

Indonesia Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation, Elizabeth Pisani 9781847086556, (Granta)

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