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Mary Novakovich

Award-winning journalist and travel writer

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As I have a wide range of skills (writing, sub-editing, book editing, researching), the list of the publications for which I work/have worked is suitably varied:

The Independent and The Independent on Sunday

Travel articles, arts articles, business articles, sub-editing on the following desks: news, travel, comment, features, arts and business.


The Guardian

I’ve contributed travel features on France, Italy, Montenegro and Austria. Previously, I was one of the paper’s regular television previewers, writing for the page variously known as “Pick of the Day”, “Watch This”, etc.


London Evening Standard

Regular contributor to the travel pages, and former television and radio previewer.


Frommer’s and Frommer’s Unlimited

For the US division of Frommer’s I wrote the latest edition of Frommer’s Provence and the Riviera guidebook, which was published in 2012. I contributed to the Complete Guide to France and the EasyGuide to France, published in 2014 and 2015. For the London office, I worked as an editor and writer on several of its online travel projects. This involved creating bespoke websites for major travel clients, including Hotels.com, Best Western, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Travel Supermarket and other projects.


Insight Guides

Over the past few years, I’ve been updating and creating new guides for Insight Guides publishers. These include the Insight Guide to Croatia (2014), Berlitz Pocket Guide to Croatia (2014), Explore Dubrovnik (2015) and Explore Croatia (2016).


Guinness Publishing

I was the desk editor for seven editions of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and Albums, which was the biggest-selling pop music book in Britain. This made me a handy person to have on pub quiz teams.


The Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Rough Guides, Wanderlust, From Our Own Correspondent (BBC World Service), Financial Times, France Magazine, Living France, The National (UAE), Travel Weekly, Insight Guides, The Sun, Sunday Mirror, CNN, MSN Travel, DK Eyewitness Travel, Weather2Travel, Mojo, FHM, Q, Total Film
I won’t list every publication I have ever written for, but this is a selection of some of my other clients.



2017 French Travel Media Awards

Winner of the Best Sports and Activity Feature for “Walking with llamas – not your average ski holiday”, published in The Independent 3 November 2016. You can read this article on my Travel Writing page.

2014 Italian Tourist Board Travel Writing Awards

Winner of Best Guide for my holiday guide to Calabria, which was published in The Guardian on 4 October 2014. You can read it here.

2013 Abtof French Travel Article of the Year Awards

Runner-up for Best Online Article for my article “Slice of the City: Nice – Grand tour destination by the Med”, published in The Independent on Sunday on 30 June 2013. You can read it by clicking here.

2011 Abtof French Travel Article of the Year Awards

Winner of the French Travel Article of the Year and Best Newspaper Article awards for my article “Antibes and Juan-les-Pins: A true taste of two towns”, published in The Independent 12 February 2011. You can read this article on my Travel Writing page.

2011 British Guild of Travel Writers Awards

Winner of Best Business Feature for “Proof that a business based on happiness can change the world”, published in The Independent on Sunday on 12 December 2011. You can read this on my Other Articles page.

2010 Italian Tourist Board Travel Writing Awards

Runner-up, Best Newspaper Article for The Traveller’s Guide to Emilia-Romagna published in The Independent on
19 September 2009. You can find it by clicking here.