The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

The winning titles for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards have been announced. 

Our unique approach to bespoke holidays epitomises the spirit of Stanfords’ clientele, allowing Hayes & Jarvis to sponsor this prestigious event.

So it is with great pleasure that the winners of the 2018 awards are as follows: 

HUMMINGBIRD - Tristan Hughes - Hayes & Jarvis Fiction with a Sense of Place

In the northern Canadian wilderness, fifteen year old Zachary Tayler lives an isolated life with his father and the eccentric inhabitants of Sitting Down Lake. But then one summer the enigmatic and shape-shifting Eva Spiller arrives, and together they embark on a disconcerting and deeply moving journey of discovery through a landscape haunted by their pasts. A touching and beautifully written coming-of-age story about what in the end is lost and what can truly be found.

THE AMAZING STORY OF THE MAN WHO CYCLED FROM INDIA TO EUROPE FOR LOVE - by Per J Andersson - Outstanding Travel Themed Book of the Year

This is the remarkable true story of how love and courage led an Indian street artist known locally as PK to overcome extreme poverty, caste prejudice and adversity – as well as a 7,000-mile, adventure-filled journey across continents and cultures – to be with the woman he loved.

THE EXPLORER - Katherine Rundell - Children's Travel Book of the Year

From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great adventurers. If only he could land and look about him. As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Except, it seems, someone has been there before them …

LONDONIST MAPPED - AA Publishing - Illustrated Travel Book of the Year

Londonist is about London and everything that happens in it - and now it's mapped. The city at your fingertips, brought to life by an eclectic group of illustrators. Whether you're looking for something new to do around Brick Lane, or wondering about London's bridges and how they got their names, Londonist's team of contributors know the city and its history inside out. Appealing to map addicts, trivia junkies and Londoners-about-town alike, this new compendium showcases hand-drawn maps accompanied by some of the best of their writing.

BART’S FISH TALES - Bart Van Olphen - Travel Cookery Book of the Year

In this unique and comprehensive book Bart van Olphen travels around the world to visit the most sustainable fisheries. Along with the world-renowned photographer David Loftus, Bart recounts his journey where he lived, fished and cooked with the men, women and children of the world's most sustainable fishing communities.

BORDER: A JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF EUROPE – Kapka Kassabova - Dolman Travel Book of the Year

When Kapka Kassabova was a child, the border zone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was rumoured to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall so it swarmed with soldiers, spies and fugitives. On holidays close to the border on the Black Sea coast, she remembers playing on the beach, only miles from where an electrified fence bristled, its barbs pointing inwards toward the enemy: the holiday-makers, the potential escapees. Today, this densely forested landscape is no longer heavily militarised, but it is scarred by its past. In Border, Kapka Kassabova sets out on a journey to meet the people of this triple border - Bulgarians, Turks, Greeks, and the latest wave of refugees fleeing conflict further afield.

SHARK DRUNK - Morten Strøksnes - Adventure Travel Book of the Year

Shark Drunk is, in part, the tale of two men in a very small boat on the trail of a very big fish. It is also a story of obsession, enchantment and adventure. Above all, it is a love song to the sea, in all its mystery, hardship, wonder and life-giving majesty.

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History of Stanfords

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