As well as looking for the best short form travel writing through our New Welsh Writing Awards we asked readers to vote for their favourite travel books in the English language in our Best Travel Book Poll.

A longlist of 20 titles was selected by co-judges Gwen Davies and Rory MacLean with nominations from the students of the University of South Wales and librarians across Wales. 

The shortlist and winner was voted for by the general public and the winner was announced on  7 July. 


Congratulations to Jasmine Donahaye for winning the Best Travel Book Poll for Losing Israel (Seren), a moving and honest account of the author’s relationship with Israel, which spans travel writing, nature writing and memoir. Voted for by the public, Losing Israel was the overwhelming winner from a shortlist of three titles that comprised Wildwood: A Journey through Trees by Roger Deakin (Penguin) and A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor (John Murray). Losing Israel has also been shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year 2016.


1.    Wildwood: A Journey through Trees by Roger Deakin
2.    Losing Israel by Jasmine Donahaye
3.    A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor 


1.    The Way of the World by Nicolas Bouvier
2.    A Walk in The Woods by Bill Bryson
3.    The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
4.    Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
5.    Wildwood: A Journey through Trees by Roger Deakin
6.    Losing Israel by Jasmine Donahaye
7.    A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor   
8.    Journey Through Wales by Giraldus Cambrensis/Gerallt Gymro
9.    A Trip to the Light Fantastic (also known as Travels with a Mexican Circus) by Katie Hickman
10.    Two in a Boat: A Marital Rite of Passage by Gwyneth Lewis
11.    Mountains of the Mind by Robert Macfarlane
12.    The Long Exile by Melanie McGrath
13.    On a Shoestring to Coorg: An Experience of Southern India by Dervla Murphy
14.    A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby
15.    The Caliph’s House by Tahir Shah
16.    Travels on my Elephant by Mark Shand
17.    The Green Road into the Trees: An Exploration of England by Hugh Thomson
18.    Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron
19.    Old Glory: A Voyage Down the Mississippi by Jonathan Raban
20.    Letters Written in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark by Mary Wollstonecraft