Notes from an author: Wade Davis on Colombia's Magdalena River

A journey along the Río Magdalena reveals a sacred tributary, the Río Claro — a repository of stories that paints a unique picture of the country.

Author series: Julie Davidson

Julie Davidson on her impending journey to Malawi’s great lake and why she fell for this watery wonder, ‘discovered’ by David Livingstone in 1859

Author series: Simon Armitage

Novelist, poet and playwright Simon Armitage explains how the mystery of the Yorkshire moors has inspired his latest, collaborative project, Stanza Stones

Author series: Lesley Downer

Japan specialist Lesley Downer on falling for the cultural enclave of Kyoto with its sashaying geishas and hidden temples

Author series: Roopa Farooki

Roopa Farooki on falling for steaming mussels, surfer bars, and delectable food markets in the French beach town of Biarritz

Notes from an author: Kate Mosse

The bestselling author tells of Carcassonne, the ancient French city where stories of the present are indelibly linked to those of the past 

Author series: Julian Sayarer on Athens

After recessions and housing crises, the Greek capital has certainly suffered. But its creative locals and life lessons prove it can be a gentle, generous teacher.

Bookshelf: All together now?

A month before the 2016 EU referendum, journalist Mike Carter retraced his father’s 1981 unemployment march route. He found a country ‘lost’

Notes from an author: Chibundu Onuzo

How do you capture the spirit of Lagos, a city home to some 20 million people? It's best done through one personal perspective at a time.

In the footsteps of... Dylan Thomas

From cutting-edge fashion to exceptional cuisine, Antwerp leads the way as Belgium's coolest city. Discover a vibrant, multi-cultural port city with bags of history and no shortage of boutiques, hip bars and world-class restaurants

Notes from an author: Marc Bennetts

After a decade on the outskirts of Moscow, the British-born writer moved to the centre of the Russian capital, where every doorway has a story.

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