Bradt Travel Guides continues to go from strength-to-strength, as both Hilary Bradt, founder of the publisher, and Adrian Phillips, the company’s current m.d., have been honoured for their travel writing and services to the travel industry.
Bradt has been made an Officer of the National Order of Madagascar in recognition of her work promoting tourism to the island. Entitled Madagascar, Bradt's guidebook to Madagascar, was first published in 1988 and is now in its 12th edition. Bradt has now led over 30 tours there. Roughly equivalent to an OBE, the Officer of the National Order of Madagascar has only been bestowed on UK citizens David Attenborough and Princess Anne.
Bradt said: “I first wrote about Madagascar in 1977. Over 20 published articles and 12 editions of a guidebook later, it is still pure pleasure to write about such a wonderful country so I feel very fortunate as well as honoured."
Hilary Bradt receiving her honour
Meanwhile Phillips was named Consumer Writer of the Year at the Travel Media Awards for articles appearing in National Geographic Traveller, including "The Hothouse Heart of the Jungle", which described his journey deep into the Ecuadorian rainforest. In addition to leading Bradt Travel Guides, Phillips writes regularly for a range of national media, and in 2018 has also received top prizes in the LATA and AITO media awards. He is the first writer to scoop prizes at all three ceremonies in the same year.
Phillips said: "It’s of course a tremendous honour to be recognised by the industry in this way. Bradt has – I think uniquely among guidebook publishers – supported editorial staff who want to do some travel writing themselves. Writing is a great pleasure but, more than that, it allows us a greater understanding of the authors of our books by experiencing things from the other side of the fence."
Hugh Brune, head of sales and marketing at Bradt, said: “We’re all very proud of Hilary and Adrian’s achievements and thrilled they’ve both been honoured in this way. Bradt has always been a company of travellers and writers, and these awards demonstrate that commitment.”
Adrian Phillips was presented with his accolade at the Travel Media Awards
Bradt has also secured a raft of publicity for its newly published title Christian the Lion: The Illustrated Legacy by John Rendall and Derek Cattani. Christian was the lion cub bought at Harrods 50 years ago and successfully released into the wild in Kenya by George Adamson. The footage of John Rendall’s reunion with Christian in Africa two years later has become one of the most watched clips on YouTube.
The book was launched last week at Moravian Place in Chelsea, where John used to exercise Christian when he lived on the King’s Road, and last weekend Channel Five broadcast the documentary "The Lion Cub from Harrods". The authors are due to be interviewed on ITV’s This Morning this week, and on Saturday the Daily Mail will run an extract.
Authors Rendall and Cattani at the launch for Christian the Lion