Two novels by former winners of the Man Booker Prize are in the running for a new award, for fiction with a sense of place, organised by the bookseller Stanfords. The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (who won the Booker in 2002 for Life of Pi) and The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes (Booker winner in 2011 for The Sense of an Ending) have been short-listed for Fiction Book of the Year in the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards, named after the company’s founder. Short lists for awards for books in various other byways of travel (food, adventure, illustrated books and children’s travel books) are announced by Stanfords today.
The Man Booker is worth £50,000 to the winner, and £2,500 to each of the six authors short-listed. Stanfords’ purse falls a bit short of that, and the only cash in the awards scheme goes to the writer of the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year. Formerly the Dolman prize — after the Rev William Dolman, a member of the Authors’ Club, who had been sponsoring it through the club since 2006 — it was rebranded in 2015 and its value doubled to £5,000. The short list for that will be published on January 17 at a party to introduce the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards at the National Liberal Club in London. The winners of all categories will be announced on February 2 during the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival at the Destinations show at Olympia, London.