The short list was announced earlier today for the Edward Stanford Travel Book of the Year*. There are eight books on it:
The Last Overland by Alex Bescoby (Michael O’Mara)
High by Erika Fatland (Quercus)
The Po: An Elegy for Italy’s Longest River by Tobias Jones (Head of Zeus)
The Slow Road to Tehran by Rebecca Lowe (September Publishing)
Crossed Off the Map: Travels in Bolivia by Shafik Meghji (Latin America Bureau)
Walking with Nomads by Alice Morrison (Simon & Schuster)
My Family and Other Enemies by Mary Novakovich (Bradt)
In The Shadow of the Mountain by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado (Octopus).
The winner will be announced on March 16, 2023, with the winners in other categories of the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards.
(* Until last year the prize was for the “Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year”. Is it still being run in association with the Authors’ Club? There’s no mention of that on the Stanfords site. The prize was started by the Rev William Dolman, who sponsored it through the club from 2006 until 2015, when it was rebranded and became part of an awards scheme run by the bookseller Stanfords and named after its founder.)
Updated December 15, 2022
Stanfords told me this week that the Rev William Dolman is no longer able to offer financial support but that it is hoping to find another sponsor. It is currently organising the prize on its own, though Sunny Singh, former chair of the Authors’ Club, will be among judges this year. Stanfords has scaled back its awards scheme to concentrate on four prizes: for travel book of the year, children’s travel book of the year, new travel writer of the year (a prize it organises with the publisher Bradt) and an outstanding contribution to travel writing.