A shortlist of six travel books has been chosen for the final round of the Dolman prize,  which will be awarded on Tuesday 30th September 2014 for the best travel book published in Great Britain in 2013. (Books listed alphabetically by author surname.)

  • The Last Man in Russia: And the Struggle to Save a Dying Nation, Oliver Bullough (Allen Lane/Penguin)
  • The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos, Patrick Leigh Fermor (John Murray/Hachette UK)
  • Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain, Charlotte Higgins (Jonathan Cape)
  • American Smoke, Iain Sinclair (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin)
  • Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin in the Middle Taiga, Sylvian Tesson (Allen Lane/Penguin)
  • O My America! Second Acts in a New World, Sara Wheeler (Jonathan Cape/Vintage)

JUDGING PANEL for the 2014 DOLMAN TRAVEL BOOK AWARD for travel books published in the British Isles over 2013.

Sarah Anderson established the iconic Travel Bookshop in Notting Hill and ran it for 25 years and also wrote Anderson’s Travel Companion, The Virago Book of Spirituality, Inside Notting Hill and Halfway to Venus.  She is now back on the road as a painting traveller.

Martin Randall established the company that bears his name, Martin Randall Travel, in 1988.  It is now the world’s leading specialist in cultural holidays led by experts. They have offices in four continents and a diary of over 220 tours covering some 35 countries in any one year.

Barnaby Rogerson has written half a dozen guide books and an equal number of histories. He also runs Eland, publisher of over a hundred travel classics.

Antony Sattin is the author of many books, including The Pharaoh’s Shadow, A Winter on the Nile and the forthcoming biography Young Lawrence

Jeremy Seal is a writer and journalist with a particular interest in Turkey.  He is the author of A Fez of the Heart and Meander.

Amy Sohanpaul is the editor of Traveller magazine and co-editor of Renegade, a new alternative travel magazine published by her company Fifth Floor Publishing. Born in Kenya, she worked in book publishing before becoming a journalist.