Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2022 Shortlists & Winners

by Travel Writing World

The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2022 shortlist was announced on February 1.

Last year’s awards were abbreviated, with the following categories being awarded: Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, the Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year, and the Edward Stanford Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing.

The awards are getting back to normal this year with the following awards being reintroduced alongside the aforementioned ones: Fiction with a Sense of Place, Children’s Travel Book of the Year, Food and Drink Travel Book of the Year, Photographic Travel Book of the Year, and Illustrated Travel Book of the Year.

The winners were announced at an event at Stanfords in Covent Garden on March 3. They are in bold below.


Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing

Hilary Bradt

Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year

Titles have been selected in this category for their innovative and/or literary merit with content which is relevant, useful or inspiring to travelers:

  • Fifty Sounds by Polly Barton
  • Minarets in the Mountains by Tharik Hussain
  • Small Bodies of Water by Nina Mingya Powles 
  • The Amur River by Colin Thubron
  • Wars of the Interior by Joseph Zárate

Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year

  • “Waiting for Wilma” by Jane Adams
  • “Ghar Ghosts” by Ruth Cox
  • “The Quiet of Switzerland” by Neasa Murphy

Fiction with a Sense of Place

A novel from any genre within fiction (populist or literary) with a highly developed and integral sense of a real location interwoven within the plot or narrative.

  • Barcelona Dreaming by Rupert Thomson
  • Elena Knows by Claudia Piñeiro
  • The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
  • The Country of Others by Leïla Slimani
  • The High House by Jessie Greengrass
  • The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

Children’s Travel Book of the Year

Fiction or non-fiction title for pre-teens which inspires a love of travel, exploration and adventure.

  • Bandoola by William Grill
  • Journey to the Last River by Teddy Keen
  • Lionheart Girl by Yada Badoe
  • Spin to Survive Frozen Mountain by Emily Hawkins
  • Wild Child by Dara McAnulty
  • The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell

Food and Drink Travel Book of the Year

Cookbook or non-fiction food writing focussed on a particular national cuisine or telling of food related exploration/travel. Must capture a sense of the place’s identity and culture.

  • Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them by Dan Saladino
  • From Gujarat with Love: 100 Authentic Indian Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes by Vina Patel
  • How Wild Things Are: Cooking, Fishing and Hunting at the Bottom of the World by Analiese Gregory
  • Ripe Figs: Recipes and Stories from the Eastern MEditerranean by Yasmin Khan
  • Sumac: Recipes and Stories from Syria by Anas Atassi

Photographic Travel Book of the Year

A book of photography relating to travel, adventure or world cultures with limited accompanying text. The overall design and quality of publication of the book will also be considered by the judges.

  • Epic Train Journeys by Monisha Rajesh
  • Let’s Get Lost by Finn Beales
  • Only Us by Stuart Dunn
  • Southern Light by Dave Brosha
  • The Travel Photographer’s Way by Nori Jemil

Illustrated Travel Book of the Year

A book of illustrations, maps or infographics relating to travel, adventure or world cultures aimed at the adult market and with their focus on either one place or the entire World. The overall design and quality of publication of the book will also be considered by the judges.

  • The Atlas of Unusual Languages by Zoran Niikolic
  • Antarctic Atlas by Peter Fretwell
  • Atlas of Imagined Places by Matt Brown, Rhys Davies, and Mike Hall
  • Black Girls Take World by Georgina Lawton
  • India: The Passenger
  • Wild Waters by Susanne Masters

Purchase Copies of the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2022 Nominees

If you live in the UK, please purchase your books from Stanfords, who put on the awards ceremonies. By supporting them directly, you help support the celebration of travel literature.

If you live in the United States or the United Kingdom and wish to order online, we urge you to purchase your travel books from Bookshop, an online store that supports independent bookstores (and choose Stanfords as your shop). Whether you use Bookshop or you decide to purchase your travel books from Amazon, please use our links. If you use our links to make a purchase, we will receive a few cents commission at no additional cost to you. These commissions help support and maintain the site.

Last Updated on 9 March 2022 by Travel Writing World

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