Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards Announce 2018 Shortlists

Article published on January 15, 2018.

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 has two titles in the running for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, in partnership with The Authors’ ClubIslander 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


Hayes & Jarvis Fiction, with a Sense of Place


Wanderlust Adventure Travel Book of the Year


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)


The winners will be announced on 1st February 2018!

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