Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2019 shortlists

News - Prizes Friday, 11 January 2019

Contenders announced at new Stanfords flagship branch on Mercer Walk

Explorer Benedict Allen and Wanderlust editor Phoebe Smith (right) introduced the shortlists for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards at a party at the new Stanfords flagship branch, on Mercer Walk, yesterday evening.

This was an introduction for the trade to the new branch, notably bright and airy by contrast with the more library-like atmosphere of the long-established Long Acre shop. It may get more cluttered: the process of transferring stock continues. Vivien Godfrey, chairman and chief executive, introduced guests to the floor Ordnance Survey maps, which she said would not endure for the 20 years that the Long Acre floor maps had been in place - there will be a rolling exhibition of them. Julian Stanford, six generations down from founder of the business Edward Stanford, unveiled a wall of globes. Stanfords' neighbours in the smart new Covent Garden precinct around Mercer Walk helped out with the party: H&M provided coat racks, and the Temper restaurant offered substantial canapes.

For further details about the new branch, see yesterday's story New Stanfords flagship opens tonight.

Allen and Smith will be joined on the awards judging panel by author Horatio Clare and Vanity Fair travel editor Michelle Jana Chan. The awards ceremony will take place on 28 February, when the winner of the Edward Stanford Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing award will also be announced.

Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year (£2,500)
Ottoman Odyssey: Travels Through a Lost Empire, Alev Scott, Jamie Whyte (map and Illustration) (riverrun)
Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe, Daniel Trilling (Picador)
The Rhine: Following Europe's Greatest River from Amsterdam to the Alps, Ben Coates (Nicholas Brealey Publishing)
Dancing Bears: True Stories about Longing for the Old Days, Witold Szablowski (translated from Polish by Antonia Lloyd Jones) (Text Publishing)
The Stopping Places: A Journey Through Gypsy Britain, Damian Le Bas (Chatto)
The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places, William Atkins (Faber)

Fiction, with a Sense of Place
Kintu, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Oneworld)
Convenience Store Woman, Sayaka Murata (translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori) (Granta)
Ponti, Sharlene Teo (Picador)
The Madonna of the Mountains, Elise Valmorbida (Faber)
Woman at Sea, Catherine Poulain (Cape)
House of Stone, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Atlantic)

Lonely Planet Adventure Travel Book of the Year
The Secret Surfer, Iain Gately (Head of Zeus)
Kings of the Yukon: A River Journey in Search of the Chinook, Adam Weymouth (Particular Books)
Up: My Life's Journey to the Top of Everest, Ben and Marina Fogle, Mark Fisher (photographer) (HarperCollins)
Arabia: A Journey Through The Heart of the Middle East, Levison Wood (Hodder)
Around the World in 80 Days: My World Record Breaking Adventure, Mark Beaumont (Bantam Press)
Me, My Bike and a Street Dog Called Lucy, Ishbel Holmes (Bradt)

Ordnance Survey Children's Travel Book of the Year
Destination: Planet Earth, Jo Nelson, illustrated by Tom Clohosy Cole (Wide Eye Editions)
Alastair Humpreys' Great Adventures, Alastair Humphreys, illustrated by Kevin Ward (Big Picture Press)
Explorers on Witch Mountain, Alex Bell, illustrated by Tomislav Tomic (Faber)
Atlas of Adventures: Wonders of the World, Ben Handicott, illustrated by Lucy Letherland (Wide Eye Editions)
Journeys, Jonathan Litton, illustrated by Leo Hartas, Chris Chalik, Jon Davis and David Shephard (360 Degrees)
Maps of the United Kingdom, Rachel Dixon and Illustrated by Livi Gosling (Wide Eye Editions)

Photography and Illustrated Travel Book of the Year
The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands, Huw Lewis-Jones (Thames & Hudson)
The Hidden Tracks, Cam Honan (Gestalten)
Wonders: Spectacular Moments in Nature Photography, Rhonda Rubinstein and California Academy of Sciences (Chronicle)
Maps of London and Beyond, Adam Dant, foreword by The Gentle Author (Pavilion)
Escape by Bike: Adventure Cycling, Bikepacking and Touring Off-Road, Joshua Cunningham (Thames & Hudson)
The Golden Atlas: The Greatest Explorations, Quests and Discoveries on Maps, Edward Brooke-Hitching (Simon & Schuster)

Travel Cookery Book of the Year
Pasta Pane Vino: Deep Travels Through Italy's Food Culture, Matt Goulding (Hardie Grant)
Copenhagen Food, Trine Hahnemann, photography by Columbus Leth (Quadrille)
Shetland: Cooking on the Edge of the World, James and Tom Morton, photography by Andy Sewell (Quadrille)
Black Sea: Dispatches and Recipes - Through Darkness and Light, Caroline Eden (Quadrille)
Nightingales and Roses: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen, Maryam Sinaiee (Head of Zeus)
Khazana: A Treasure Trove of Indo-Persian Recipes Inspired by the Mughals, Saliha Mahmood Ahmed (Hodder)

Travel Memoir of the Year
The Crossway, Guy Stagg (Picador)
Step By Step: The Life in My Journeys, Simon Reeve (Hodder)
Thinking on My Feet: The Small Joy of Putting One Foot in Front of Another, Kate Humble (Aster)
In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin, Lindsey Hilsum (Chatto)
The Salt Path, Raynor Winn (Michael Joseph)
Skybound: A Journey In Flight, Rebecca Loncraine (Picador)

Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year
Breathtaking Bryce by Moira Ashley
Reflections of Dubai by Celia Dillow
Through the Blue by Hannah Doyle
Unexpected Sunlight by Amanda Huggins

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