Dolman Travel Book Award Long List Announced

July 12, 2012

Summer is the perfect time of year to read a travel book because many of us have getting away on our minds–even if it can only be in our minds. If you’re looking for a terrific travel book, seek no further than those found in the Dolman Travel Book Awards:

“The Authors’ Club Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award is Britain’s only dedicated prize for serious travel literature. The £2500 prize was founded in 2006 by retired coroner and Authors’ Club member, William Dolman, after the Thomas Cook Award was abandoned by the tour operator after a run of 20 years. It is open to any travel writer whose book has been first published in Britain, and looks for works of literary merit that show excellence in the tradition of great travel writing, combining a personal journey with the discovery or recovery of places, landscapes or peoples to instil a sense of place, excitement and wonder in the reader.”

The 2012 Authors’ Club Dolman Travel Book of the Year long list:

  • Harlem is Nowhere, by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
  • On Extinction, by Melanie Challenger
  • Street Fight in Naples, by Peter Robb
  • The Fetish Room: The Education of a Naturalist, by Redmond O’Hanlon
  • Thin Paths: Journeys in and around an Italian Village, by Julia Blackburn
  • To a Mountain in Tibet, by Colin Thubron
  • To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface, by Olivia Laing
  • White Fever, by Jacek Hugo-Bader

Regrettably, only two of the long-listed books are currently available in LION Libraries but don’t let that stop you from picking one up along your travels.  The shortlist will be released in early August and the winner will be announced on September 5,  2012.