New Moomin museum opens in Finland

Tove Jansson never took her family of fairytale characters too seriously, but they now have their own museum in Tampere, attracting Moomins fans from around the world

The retreats where famous authors found inspiration – in pictures

Former president Barack Obama is to journey to the South Pacific island of Tetiaroa, once owned by Marlon Brando, to write his memoir. Here’s a look at where other famous authors found the inspiration to write

Temples of literature: writers’ houses – in pictures

From the abbey where Byron partied to the house where Agatha Christie tested out her whodunnits, Nick Channer tells the inside story of the homes behind some of the great works of English literature

Nature travel writers on the UK places that inspire them

The winner of the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015, John Lewis-Stempel, and shortlisted authors William Atkins and Philip Marsden, reveal the sights and sounds of the countryside that move them and compel them to write

Reading American cities: Los Angeles in books

Whether hymning it as the City of Angels or writing it off as La La Land, thousands of authors have pictured Los Angeles in prose Here the author defends its romantic appeal and recommends the essential literary companions for a trip to this West Coast metropolis, from tales of eccentric architecture to the darkest LA noir

books about San Francisco

Younger and smaller than most great American cities, San Francisco has a rich cultural heritage. Anisse Gross picks out the literary landmarks of this west coastal city, from its first newspaper chroniclers to the Beats and beyond