Travel is a leap in the dark, says Paul Theroux – and one that will leave you a different person at the other end. He recommends five travel books that inspired him, from Mark Twain at sea to VS Naipaul in India
With hindsight, was the euro a good idea? Will it come through the present crisis intact or will any country decide to leave? And what happens if they do? All this and more answered by the economics professor
The co-founder of the acclaimed River Café restaurant in London takes us on a culinary tour of Italy and tells us about the books that have inspired her, including the one she asks all her chefs to read
The much-travelled author Colin Thubron reflects on more than 40 years of writing about other cultures, and shares his own favourite travel reading with us
Victor Shih's selection highlights rising inequality, economic irregularity and political heavy-handedness at the heart of modern China. As its economy blazes on, uncertain times may be looming
The food writer and journalist says it was a Pole, Edouard de Pomiane, who taught the French housewife how to cook. He wrote a book called Cooking in Ten Minutes for a bet
The writer and historian selects five Western perspectives of the East, including a novel of colonial India, a travelogue of disappearing Japan, and the collection of essays that lifted the veil on Mao's China.