Jules Brown


I've been a pro travel writer for over 30 years – born in Africa, raised in the UK and living in places from Sicily and Portugal to Hong Kong and New Zealand. You might even have had one of my guidebooks along for the ride in your travel bag - in which case, happy to have helped!

I took my first solo trip around Europe when I was 17, and have been travelling and writing professionally since I published my first Rough Guide – to Scandinavia – in 1988. Since then I have written guides to Sicily, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Washington DC, Portugal, Spain and England, and contributed to many others. I've also written widely for newspapers, magazines, blogs and websites, and I'm a consultant for the best-of-UK-travel website Cool Places.

My latest books
Takoradi to the Stars (via Huddersfield) – a travel memoir
Not Cool: Europe by Train in a Heatwave – a laugh-out-loud rail journey
Montenegro: A Trust-Me Travel Guide – a new kind of travel guide to one of Europe's most exciting destinations

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Ghana in West Africa (my father was a teacher there) but grew up in Huddersfield, a small town in Yorkshire in northern England. They are both unheralded places, the sort of places people leave as soon as they have a chance, and in a way – after 30-odd years of travel – I'm still looking for a place to call home. All my travel writing reflects this I think – a search for somewhere to hang my hat.
When did you first start writing?
I've always been a reader and a writer, from an early age. I published my first travel feature in the local newspaper in 1986 – got paid the princely sum of £12.50 – and followed that up with my first travel guide in 1988. I've been writing and publishing ever since, though I've moved away from traditional guidebooks and concentrate more these days on writing for my blog and my publishing imprint Trust-Me Travel.
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Where to buy in print


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