A compilation of the best travel books – as shortlisted by Stanfords!
If you made it your New Year’s Resolution to read more this year then I have some of the best travel books for you. These travel books were all shortlisted for The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. Yes, Stanford’s – that gorgeous store selling maps and books. There’s one in Covent Garden and one in Bristol and any travel book lover needs to check them out!
I used to work in Covent Garden and my office was above Stanford’s so I’d spend many a lunch time whiling away my free 30 minutes getting lost in beautiful maps and books while dreaming about far-off lands.
There are 43 titles shortlisted for The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2018 (although still as relevant today as they ever were!) and you these travel books will whisk you off to over 150 countries…
Stanford Dolman Best Travel Books of the Year, in partnership with The Authors’ Club
- Islander by Patrick Barkham
- The Rule of the Land by Garrett Carr
- Border by Kapka Kassabova
- The Epic City by Kushanava Choudhury
- RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR by Philip Hoare
- Where the Wild Winds Are by Nick Hunt
- Travels in a Dervish Cloak by Isambard Wilkinson, Photographs by Chev Wilkinson
Hayes & Jarvis Fiction, Best Travel Books with a Sense of Place
- Towards Mellbreak by Marie-Elsa Bragg
- These Dividing Walls by Fran Cooper
- Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
- Hummingbird by Tristan Hughes
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- The Bureau of Second Chances by Sheena Kalayil
Wanderlust Adventure Travel Book of the Year
- The Orchid Hunter by Leif Bersweden
- Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains by Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent
- The Land Beyond by Leon McCarron
- Revolutionary Ride by Lois Pryce
- Shark Drunkby Morten Strøksnes translated by Tiina Nunnally
- Eastern Horizons by Levison Wood
Food and Travel Magazine Travel Cookery Book of the Year
- Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen by Zoe Adjonyoh & Nassima Rothacker
- The Palestinian Table by Reem Kassis
- My Vegan Travels by Jackie Kearney
- Andina: The Heart of Peruvian Food by Martin Morales
- Bart’s Fish Tales by Bart van Olphen & photography by David Loftus
Destinations Show Photography & Illustrated Travel Book of the Year
- Londonist Mapped by AA Publishing
- Pilgrimage by Derry Brabbs
- Atlas of Untamed Places by Chris Fitch
- Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations by Simon Jenkins
- Lonely Planet’s Atlas of Adventure by Lonely Planet
- Explorer’s Atlas by Piotr Wilkowiecki and Micha? Gaszy?ski
Marco Polo Outstanding General Travel Themed Book of the Year
- The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from Indiato Europe for Love by Per. J. Andersson translated by Anna Holmwood
- Small Island by Little Train by Chris Arnot & AA Publishing
- Grape, Olive, Pig: Deep Travels Through Spain’s Food Culture by Matt Goulding
- Island People: The Caribbean and the World by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
- The Hidden Ways by Alistair Moffat
- The Alps by Stephen O’Shea
London Book Fair Children’s Best Travel Books of the Year
- The Picture Atlas by Simon Holland
- Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
Saturday 9th of June 2018
Love the list, but your children's selection - the Oliver Jeffers book "Here We Are" - has the wrong book cover (an adult fiction book my Michael Marshall "We Are Here")!
Monday 11th of June 2018
Thanks so much Andy! I'll get that changed!
Wednesday 7th of March 2018
All of them look so good, even though I shouldn't judge them by cover but can't help it. Thanks for this awesome post. Can you also do a book list for romantic novels...
Monday 5th of March 2018
Thanx for this comprehensive guide!!
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Friday 26th of January 2018
Yess I've been looking for more travel books to read! There's so many on here I don't know where to start. Which ones have you read and which do you recommend?