On Thursday, 1 February, Tristan Hughes’s new novel Hummingbird was honoured with the ‘Fiction with a Sense of Place’ award at the 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. Tristan’s novel, set in northern Canada, is an immersive story, one in which its setting transcends its normal function. The Canadian woods become an entity unto themselves, something its protagonists, Zach and Eva, must explore, define, and endure.
According to its website, the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards were established to ‘encourage more travellers to put down their selfie-sticks and pick up their notebooks’. It recognises literature from several genres – fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature, blogging, to name a few – by curating ten awards that speak to the cross-genre scope of its mission.
The newly award-winning Hummingbird has proven to enchant readers across the UK, finding audiences from Bath to south Wales, where Tristan serves as senior lecturer at Cardiff University. The success of the 2017 hardback release of Hummingbird, has prompted a new paperback edition out in March 2018, and is available for pre-order here.
The new paperbacks of Hummingbird bear a sticker commemorating its victory at the awards, which will serve as a recognisable symbol for readers looking to get lost within an incredible novel.
Photos from the awards courtesy of Agile UK Limited.