Reviewed: The Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Shortlist

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.)


Click to read Paul’s reviews:

Deep South by Paul TherouxDeep South by Paul Theroux







Interstate by Julian SayarerInterstate: Hitchhiking Through the State of a Nation by Julian Sayarer







Squirrel Pie by Elisabeth LuardSquirrel Pie (and other stories): Adventures in Food Across the Globe by Elisabeth Luard







Station to Station by James AttleeStation To Station: Searching for Stories On The Great Western Line by James Attlee







The Hills of Wales by Jim PerrinThe Hills of Wales by Jim Perrin







White Sands by Geoff DyerWhite Sands: Experiences from the Outside World by Geoff Dyer







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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