The travel destinations that inspired this summer's hottest novels

Ahead of their appearances at this year's digital Hay Festival, five acclaimed authors including Lisa McInerney and Robert Jones Jr reflect on the places that inspired, supported or provoked them while they created this summer's hottest novels.

Following in the footsteps on Don Quixote on the vast plains of Castile-La Mancha, central Spain

On a quest to restore chivalry to the nation, Spain’s greatest literary hero, Don Quixote, roamed the Spanish region of Castile-La Mancha. This stark landscape, with its dramatic plains and hidden caves, forms an inspiring backdrop to a new canon of stories.

The future of travel: Hay Festival authors discuss a responsible return to global exploration

Lockdown has left us with itchy feet, but it’s also taught us the value of local community. How will this affect the way we journey in the future? Six authors scheduled to speak at the online Hay Festival (26 May to 6 June 2021) share their visions for the future.

Notes from an author: Nadia Owusu on life-shaping lessons in Ethiopia

Moving to Addis Ababa as a child, during one of the 20th century’s worst humanitarian disasters, proves to be a life-shaping lesson in the power of unity.

Six new cookbook releases for summer 2021

Whether you’re after recipes for simple suppers or complex dishes infused with smoky flavours from the grill, these six soon-to-be-released cookbooks should be on your radar.

From Italy to Japan: our favourite cookbooks for spring 2021

The latest batch of cookbook releases takes us on a journey through Italian delis, the rich cuisine of the eastern Mediterranean and plant-based recipes inspired by Asia.

Anthony Bourdain's final book offers a guide to the world through his eyes

A posthumous collection of Anthony Bourdain’s best travelogues offer up a guide to the world according to TV’s beloved bad-boy chef.

Eight of the world’s best historic bookshops, from Portland to Paris

The world’s bookshops have their own stories to tell, often just as fascinating as those on their shelves. Repositories of knowledge and bastions of avant-garde thought, these eight independent booksellers are historic monuments in their own right.

The Masterclasses online: expert-led sessions on travel writing and photography — 19-21 April 2021

National Geographic Traveller’s The Masterclasses returns with a series of online courses in 2021, bringing the popular travel writing and photography sessions into homes across the globe.

Six new travel reads for your bookshelf in 2021

We look ahead to some of this year’s most hotly anticipated travel books, including Cal Flyn's Islands of Abandonment and Craig Taylor's New Yorkers. 

The 12 best travel books of 2020

From exploring the natural world right on our doorstep here in the UK to taking a trip into the fictional landscapes of South America and the Caribbean, we highlight the books that have given us a great escape this year.

Six destinations every Agatha Christie fan should visit

The crime writer’s life was full of mystery and adventure, her novels even more so. We take a closer look at six destinations that shaped the life and works of the legendary Queen of Crime.

Six inspiring travel books for your Christmas wishlist

Including Ahmed M. Badr's While the Earth Sleeps We Travel and Melissa Harrison's The Stubborn Light of Things, these bright new books offer some itinerant inspiration for those dark winter nights. 

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