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Mary Novakovich

Award-winning journalist and travel writer

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Nov '09

IMG_1510For more than 25 years, I have been working as a journalist in newspapers, magazines, books, radio and television. Since I left the BBC to go freelance in 1997, I have worked for The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, London Evening Standard, CNN, France Magazine, New Statesman and BBC World Service, among many others.

I focus on travel writing and editing, with a particular interest in France, Italy and the countries of the former Yugoslavia where my family is from (Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro). In the line of work, I trekked through Costa Rica’s rainforests (got very wet), learnt how to snowboard (badly) and managed to drive a vintage Ferrari without crashing it.

I ski better than I snowboard – and love writing about it. Once the snow is more or less gone, I’m usually found on a walking holiday somewhere intriguing. Wherever I am, it’s extremely rare for me not to write about the food, which is another one of my obsessions.

Mary Novakovich skiMy love of France was put to extensive use in 2011-12 when I researched and wrote the latest edition of Frommer’s Provence and the Riviera guidebook. I contributed to the Frommer’s Complete Guide to France and the EasyGuide to France, published in 2014 and 2015. Over the years I’ve been to every region in metropolitan France (plus Corsica), with the exception of Alsace and Lorraine. This I hope to rectify soon.

In 2013, I updated  the latest editions of the Insight Guides guidebook to Croatia and the Berlitz Pocket Guide to Croatia, both of which came out in 2014. My Explore Dubrovnik guidebook for Insight Guides came out in July 2015.

If you click on the relevant links on the left, you can read some of my articles, find out about my background and special skills (including several foreign languages) and my client list.

I’m a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers, which you can check out at www.bgtw.org. I also write a blog about my travels, Small World, and if you’re into Twitter, you can follow me here. Any fans of Instagram can click on my page here.


All photographs © Adam Batterbee and Mary Novakovich