Dolman Best Travel Book Award

The Dolman Best Travel Book Award is one of the two principal annual travel book awards in Britain, and the only one that is open to all writers.[1] The other award is that made each year by the British Guild of Travel Writers, but that is limited to authors who are members of the Guild.

The first Dolman award was given in 2006, just two years after the only other travel book award - the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award which ran for 25 years - was abandoned by its sponsor.[1] The £1,000 to £2,500 prize, organized by the Authors' Club, is sponsored by and named after club member William Dolman.[1][2]


Each year a small number of works are shortlisted and a winner is announced in early July at a dinner gala with the authors and publishers in attendance.

= winner


  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths: Journeys in and around an Italian Mountain Village
  • Jacek Hugo-Bader, White Fever: A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia
  • Olivia Laing, To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface
  • Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America
  • Colin Thubron, To a Mountain in Tibet


  • Nicolas Jubber, Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah's Beard: A Journey Through the Inside-Out Worlds of Iran and Afghanistan
  • Rachel Polonsky, Molotov’s Magic Lantern: A Journey in Russian History
  • Katherine Russell Rich, Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language
  • Graham Robb, Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris
  • Douglas Rogers, The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe
  • Simon Winder, Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History


  • William Blacker, Along the Enchanted Way
  • Horatio Clare, A Single Swallow
  • Matthew Engel, Eleven Minutes Late: A Train Journey to the Soul of Britain
  • Daniel Metcalfe, Out of Steppe
  • Susan Richards, Lost and Found in Russia
  • Hugh Thomson, Tequila Oil: Getting Lost in Mexico
  • Ian Thomson, The Dead Yard



  • Tim Butcher, Blood River
  • Henry Hemming, Misadventure in the Middle East
  • John Lucas, 92 Acharnon Street
  • Robert Macfarlane, The Wild Places
  • Christopher Robbins, In Search of Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared


  • Rory McCarthy, Nobody Told Us We Are Defeated
  • David McKie, Great British Bus Journeys
  • Tom Parry, Thumbs Up Australia: Hitchhiking the Outback
  • Claire Scobie, Last Seen in Lhasa



External links

  • The Authors' Club, official website.
  • Dolman Best Travel Book LibraryThing
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