Article published on February 1, 2017.
This year’s shortlist of books for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year feels more American-centric than in previous years with the inclusion of Deep South by Paul Theroux, and Geoff Dyer’s musings on travel set partly in America. The rest of the world does get a look in though; we walk the Welsh hills with Jim Perrin and travel along the rails to Bristol and back in history with Station to Station. The most global book here is Squirrel Pie, Elisabeth Luard’s take on all sorts of cultures and people through the lens of food.
There are some really good books once again, none of which I had read before the shortlist was announced and they all are worth reading as they bring different perspectives to us as we travel with them. White Sands I struggled with a little, as it took a very different approach to regular travel. Squirrel Pie made me hungry and Interstate was a glimpse of the underbelly of America. Really enjoyed The Hills of Wales and discovered a new author, but I think my money might have to be on Paul Theroux with his seminal and insightful book Deep South.
Paul Cheney, January 2017
(Ed: Sorry, Paul, Interstate won.)
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Find out more about these books and the shortlists for all categories on the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards website.
Winners will be announced on 2 February, 2017
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Interstate by Julian Sayarer
Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide: 1853 Railway Handbook of Europe by George Bradshaw
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