Talking Location With … author Simon Carr, Beira Beixa, Portugal
Stanfords – a new era for the famous travel book and map emporium
11th January 2019
‘For over 160 years, explorers, travellers and adventurers have looked to Stanfords as map specialists to get them where they need to go, and back again.’
‘When Edward Stanford set up as a map seller in 1853, he couldn’t have dreamt of where the journey would lead. He started off on the Strand and then a map shop on Cockspur Street, but before long he had to expand, ultimately moving to Covent Garden and our home on Long Acre, where we’ve been since 1901.’
But after more than 100 years this grande dame of shops is finally moving on from Covent Garden’s Long Acre. But don’t worry….it’s only around the corner – to Mercer Walk – and TripFiction were privileged and delighted to be invited to the Grand Opening of the new Stanfords Store. With so many years of history – and three floors of travel paraphernalia – it’s no surprise that both shops will be trading ‘in parallel’ for a little while yet, before Long Acre finally closes its doors.
The new store is light, airy and located in a shiny new development just on the other side of Long Acre. It will continue to have everything you need for travel and exploration, and also boasts the largest supply of globes in the world. Maps, travel guides and books, accessories, gifts and stationery, maritime charts….Stanfords will continue to be your one-stop travel destination, hopefully for another 150 years.
Separately, the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards celebrate the art form inspired by the great man’s maps, which generated such a passion for adventure, exploration and foreign travel back in the 19th century. The shortlisted books for the 2019 Awards were announced – by renowned travel writers Benedict Allen and Phoebe Smith – at the Grand Opening event.
TripFiction’s very own Tina heads up the judging panel for the category Travel Fiction, With a Sense of Place. Here is the shortlist for this category that speaks so loudly to everything we do at TripFiction:
- Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi – set in UGANDA
- Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Myrata – set in JAPAN
- Ponti by Sharlene Teo – set in SINGAPORE
- The Madonna of the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida – set in the VENETO, ITALY
- Woman at Sea by Catherine Poulain – set in ALASKA & the NORTHERN PACIFIC OCEAN
- House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma – set in RHODESIA/ZIMBABWE
Watch this space….the winners of all Award categories will be announced at the end of February.
Have you read any of these books already? If not, you can get hold of them through your favourite bookseller…just click on the links above and scroll to the bottom of the synopsis.
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