Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year shortlist – WINNER ANNOUNCED SEPTEMBER 28th

Article published on July 8, 2015.

Our colleague, Danielle, posted the initial shortlist (below) some time back and since then our reviewers have read and reviewed each of the contenders so, in the run up to the announcement, we thought we’d give you the chance to see which of them you’d like to read. Alongside the announcement, there will be an award for the outstanding contribution to travel writing and to find the longlist for this they are asking the public to let them know who showed them the world. Let them know on twitter @ESTravelAwards and use the hashtag #ShowedMeTheWorld.


I have always loved a travel documentary and I am addicted to looking at travel pictures on Instagram but I had never really read much travel writing. That is until this year when I worked on
The Wainwright Prize and now I cannot believe I did not really get into this genre before.

If like me you cannot spend as much time travelling as you would like – what could be better than reading books about different places, cultures and their history?
I was delighted to be invited to the shortlist announcement for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year at Stanfords in Covent Garden. The prize, which is judged by a panel of travel writers, celebrates excellence in literary travel writing and is open to authors from all across the world.

The shortlist

The Land Where Lemons GrowThe Land Where Lemons Grow by Helena Attlee
Penguin (Penguin Random House)

Reviewed by Dorothy Flaxman





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

Reviewed by Paul Cheney and Debbie Mika







Walking the Woods and the WaterWalking the Woods and the Water: In Patrick Leigh Fermor’s footsteps from the Hook of Holland to the Golden Horn by Nick Hunt
(Nicholas Brealey Publishing)

Reviewed by Vivienne Jarvis and Paul Cheney





rising-groundRising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden

Reviewed by Berwyn Peet and Paul Cheney






A Journey Into RussiaA Journey Into Russia by Jens Mühling
(Haus Publishing)

Reviewed by Amelia Ashton








Indonesia etcIndonesia Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth Pisani

Reviewed by Linda Ryley







While staying in a gypsy caravan on a llama farm – which seemed like a good idea at the time – I have started with The Land Where Lemons Grow and I can already smell the lemons! This is the story of Italy’s cultural history told through the history of its citrus crops and I have been completely transported from the field we’re in surrounded by beasts with long eyelashes to . . . Tuscany.
Also to be presented in September at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards is the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing and to find the longlist for this they are asking the public to let them know who showed them the world. Let them know on twitter @ESTravelAwards and use the hashtag #ShowedMeTheWorld.

Danielle Bowers

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