Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards
The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards comprise two awards, the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year and 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 for Edward Stanford who published the Stanford's Guides travel guide-books and is sponsored by Stanfords, a travel books and map store established in England in 1901.
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.
Travel Book award
Each year a small number of works are shortlisted and a winner is announced in early July at a dinner gala with the authors and publishers in attendance.
Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year
- 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
Contribution to Travel Writing award
A lifetime achievement award for travel writing. Award inaugurated in 2015.
- 2015 Bill Bryson
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- Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards
- Dolman Best Travel Book Award at The Authors' Club (old site)
- Dolman Best Travel Book Award and Shortlist at LibraryThing