The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards Announces 2018 Shortlist

43 titles whisk readers to over 150 countries across seven categories

  • Celebrating both multi-award winners and inspirational debut authors from over 15 countries

The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards, in association with luxury tailor made travel specialist Hayes & Jarvis, has announced its shortlist for 2018, celebrating the broad scope of travel writing and the high quality across genres and formats.

Independent publisher Granta have two titles in the running for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, in partnership with The Authors' Club: Islander by journalist Patrick Barkham and Border by Bulgarian poet and travel writer Kapka Kassabova; whilst Canongate dominate the General Travel Themed Book of the Year with Island People: The Caribbean and the World by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro and The Hidden Ways by award-winning Alistair Moffat.

In Fiction, with a Sense of Place, the shortlist whisks readers from the blustery landscape of Cumbria to a summer in Paris, from an opulent resort in Montego Bay to a lake in the northern Canadian wilderness, from early 20th century Korea and Japan to a small fishing village in Kerala, conjuring lands some of us could never have imagined.

The thrill of the journey itself, as well as the lands visited, is championed through the Adventure Travel Book of the Year shortlist: taking to their motorbikes, Lois Pryce rides a solitary 3,000 miles from Tabriz to Shiraz in Revolutionary Ride, whilst Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains takes Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent 2,000 miles through the far north-eastern corner of India encountering shamans, opium farmers, and little-known stories from the Second World War. Levison Wood, on the other hand, hitch-hikes from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan in Eastern Horizons; and Leon McCarron wild hikes pilgrimage routes through the Middle East in the The Land Beyond, a journey through time and geopolitics, people and seemingly insurmountable connections.

Food transports readers from Peru to Palestine, from Ghana to the four corners of India, and celebrates everything from the relationship between food and culture; the producers of our food from around the world and recipes inspired by them; and vegan food around the world in the Travel Cookery Book of the Year shortlist. Complimented by vivid images and background, the list includes recipes from the “standard bearer for West African food” Zoe Adjonyoh, MasterChef finalist Jackie Kearney and Great British Bake-Off finalist Chetna Makan to introduce readers to the vibrancy of our world’s cuisine.

The full shortlist, alphabetically by author, is:

Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, in partnership with The Authors' Club

  • Islander by Patrick Barkham (Granta)

  • The Rule of the Land by Garrett Carr (Faber)

  • Border by Kapka Kassabova (Granta)

  • The Epic City by Kushanava Choudhury (Bloomsbury Publishing)

  • RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR by Philip Hoare (Fourth Estate)

  • Where the Wild Winds Are by Nick Hunt (Nicholas Brealey Publishing)

  • Travels in a Dervish Cloak by Isambard Wilkinson, Photographs by Chev Wilkinson (Eland Publishing Ltd)

Hayes & Jarvis Fiction, with a Sense of Place

  • Towards Mellbreak by Marie-Elsa Bragg (Chatto & Windus)

  • These Dividing Walls by Fran Cooper (Hodder & Stoughton)

  • Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn (Oneworld)

  • Hummingbird by Tristan Hughes (Parthian)

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (Apollo)

  • The Bureau of Second Chances by Sheena Kalayil (Polygon)

Wanderlust Adventure Travel Book of the Year

  • The Orchid Hunter by Leif Bersweden (Short Books)

  • Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains by Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent (Simon & Schuster UK)

  • The Land Beyond by Leon McCarron (I.B. Tauris)

  • Revolutionary Ride by Lois Pryce (Nicholas Brealey Publishing)

  • Shark Drunk by Morten Strøksnes translated by Tiina Nunnally (Jonathan Cape)

  • Eastern Horizons by Levison Wood (Hodder & Stoughton)

Food and Travel Magazine Travel Cookery Book of the Year

  • Zoe's Ghana Kitchen by Zoe Adjonyoh & Nassima Rothacker (photographer) (Mitchell Beasley)

  • The Palestinian Table by Reem Kassis (Phaidon)

  • My Vegan Travels by Jackie Kearney (Ryland Peters & Small)

  • Chai, Chaat & Chutney by Chetna Makan & Nassima Rothacker (studio photographer), Keith James (location photographer), Amber Badger & Ella McLean (illustrators) (Mitchell Beasley)

  • Andina: The Heart of Peruvian Food by Martin Morales & photography by David Loftus (Quadrille Publishing)

  • Bart's Fish Tales by Bart van Olphen & photography by David Loftus (Pavilion Books)

Destinations Show Photography & Illustrated Travel Book of the Year

  • Londonist Mapped by AA Publishing (AA Publishing)

  • Pilgrimage by Derry Brabbs (Frances Lincoln, The Quarto Group)

  • Atlas of Untamed Places by Chris Fitch (Aurum Press, The Quarto Group)

  • Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations by Simon Jenkins (Viking)

  • Lonely Planet's Atlas of Adventure by Lonely Planet (Lonely Planet)

  • Explorer's Atlas by Piotr Wilkowiecki and Michał Gaszyński (Collins)

Marco Polo Outstanding General Travel Themed Book of the Year

  • The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love by Per. J. Andersson translated by Anna Holmwood (Oneworld)

  • Small Island by Little Train by Chris Arnot & AA Publishing (AA Publishing)

  • Grape, Olive, Pig: Deep Travels Through Spain's Food Culture by Matt Goulding (Hardie Grant Books)

  • Island People: The Caribbean and the World by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro (Canongate)

  • The Hidden Ways by Alistair Moffat (Canongate)

  • The Alps by Stephen O'Shea (W.W. Norton & Company Ltd.)

London Book Fair Children's Travel Book of the Year

  • The Picture Atlas by Simon Holland & illustrated by Jill Calder (Bloomsbury)

  • Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children's Books)

  • The Earth Book by Jonathan Litton & illustrated by Thomas Hegbrook (360 Degrees)

  • A World Full of Animal Stories by Angela McAllister & illustrated by Aitch (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

  • What We See In The Stars by Kelsey Oseid (Boxtree/Pan)

  • The Explorer by Katherine Rundell & illustrated by Hannah Horn (Bloomsbury)

Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year

Lonely Planet Pathfinders Travel Blog of the Year

In addition to the above, the awards also include the Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing award. Six of these categories are open to a public vote which, combined with the judges’ verdict, will determine the 2018 winners. These include: Fiction, with a Sense of Place, Adventure Travel Book of the Year, Travel Cookery Book of the Year, Illustrated & Photography Travel Book of the Year, Outstanding Travel Themed Book of the Year and Children's Travel Book of the Year. Readers can cast their vote here, and two voters will be in with the chance to win a set of 10 travel books. The winners will be announced at a star-studded dinner on 1st February 2018 during the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival at Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show at Olympia. The winner of the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year (in partnership with The Authors’ Club) receives £5,000 and all winners receive an antique globe trophy, to be presented at the awards ceremony.

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