Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards
The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards comprises two principal awards the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year and the Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing.
The award was previously called Dolman Best Travel Book Award (2006-2014). The award is named after Edward Stanford and is sponsored by Stanfords, a travel books and map store established in London in 1853. The Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year is one of the two principal annual travel book awards in Britain, and the only one that is open to all writers. The other award is that made each year by the British Guild of Travel Writers, but that is limited to authors who are members of the Guild.
The first Dolman award was given in 2006, just two years after the only other travel book award - the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award which ran for 25 years - was abandoned by its sponsor. From its founding through 2014, the £1,000 to £2,500 prize was organized by the Authors' Club and was sponsored by and named after club member William Dolman. Beginning in 2015, a new sponsor Stanfords, a travel book store, was established along with an increase to £5,000 for the winner.
Full list of awards
The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards consist of the following awards:
- Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, in association with The Authors' Club
- Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing
- Specsavers Fiction (with a Sense of Place)
- Wanderlust Adventure Travel Book of the Year
- National Book Tokens Children's Travel Book of the Year
- Lonely Planet Pathfinders Travel Blog of the Year
- Destinations Show Illustrated Travel Book of The Year
- Food and Travel Magazine Food & Travel Book of the Year
- London Book Fair Innovation in Travel Publishing
- Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year
Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year
Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year
2016 The winner was announced 2 February 2017.
- James Attlee, Station To Station: Searching for Stories On The Great Western Line
- Geoff Dyer, White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World
- Elisabeth Luard, Squirrel Pie (and other stories): Adventures in Food Across the Globe
- Jim Perrin, The Hills of Wales
- Julian Sayarer, Interstate: Hitchhiking Through the State of a Nation
- Paul Theroux, Deep South
- Philip Marsden, Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place
- Helena Attlee, The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy and Its Citrus Fruit
- Horatio Clare, Down to the Sea in Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men
- Nick Hunt, Walking the Woods and the Water: In Patrick Leigh Fermor's footsteps from the Hook of Holland to the Golden Horn
- Jens Mühling, A Journey into Russia
- Elizabeth Pisani, Indonesia Etc: Exploring the Improbable Nation
Dolman Best Travel Book Award
- Oliver Bullough, The Last Man in Russia
- Patrick Leigh Fermor, The Broken Road
- Charlotte Higgins, Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain
- Iain Sinclair, American Smoke
- Sylvain Tesson, Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin in the Middle Taiga
- Sara Wheeler, O My America!
- Noo Saro-Wiwa, Looking For Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria
- Jeremy Seal, Meander: East to West Along a Turkish River
- Kathleen Jamie, Sightlines
- A. A. Gill, The Golden Door: Letters to America
- Robert MacFarlane, The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
- Michael Jacobs, The Robber of Memories: A River Journey Through Colombia
- Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths: Journeys in and around an Italian Mountain Village
- John Gimlette, Wild Coast: Travels on South America's Untamed Edge 
- Jacek Hugo-Bader, White Fever: A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia
- Olivia Laing, To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface
- Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America
- Colin Thubron, To a Mountain in Tibet
- Nicolas Jubber, Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah's Beard: A Journey Through the Inside-Out Worlds of Iran and Afghanistan
- Rachel Polonsky, Molotov’s Magic Lantern: A Journey in Russian History
- Katherine Russell Rich, Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language
- Graham Robb, Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris
- Douglas Rogers, The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe
- Simon Winder, Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History
- William Blacker, Along the Enchanted Way
- Horatio Clare, A Single Swallow
- Matthew Engel, Eleven Minutes Late: A Train Journey to the Soul of Britain
- Daniel Metcalfe, Out of Steppe
- Susan Richards, Lost and Found in Russia
- Hugh Thomson, Tequila Oil: Getting Lost in Mexico
- Ian Thomson, The Dead Yard
- Alice Albinia, Empires of the Indus
- Andrew Brown, Fishing in Utopia
- Richard Grant, Bandit Roads
- Kapka Kassabova, Street Without a Name
- Grevel Lindop, Travels on the Dance Floor
- Dervla Murphy, The Island that Dared
- Tim Butcher, Blood River
- Henry Hemming, Misadventure in the Middle East
- John Lucas, 92 Acharnon Street
- Robert Macfarlane, The Wild Places
- Christopher Robbins, In Search of Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared
- Rory McCarthy, Nobody Told Us We Are Defeated
- David McKie, Great British Bus Journeys
- Tom Parry, Thumbs Up Australia: Hitchhiking the Outback
- Claire Scobie, Last Seen in Lhasa
- Nicholas Jubber, The Prester Quest
- Joanna Kavenna, The Ice Museum
- Ruth Padel, Tigers in Red Weather: A Quest for the Last Wild Tigers
- Richard Lloyd Parry, In the Time of Madness
- Stevie Smith, Pedalling to Hawaii
Edward Stanford Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing award
A lifetime achievement award for travel writing.
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