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GIVEAWAY: 3 copies of The Art of Traveling Strangers set across Italy and in Paris

25th June 2023

We are delighted to offer 3 copies of The Art of Traveling Strangers by Zoe Disigny, set across Italy and in Paris.

Open to UK/EU entries

3 copies of The Art of Traveling Strangers

It’s the 1980s, and art historian Claire Markham reels from a series of heartbreaking losses. Desperate to escape her shattered reality, she becomes an art guide in Europe for quirky stranger Viv Chancey and embarks on a life-changing journey through the art-filled cities of Milan, Venice, Ravenna, Florence, Siena, Rome, and Paris.

Once abroad, Claire tries to hide her woes by focusing on Viv’s art education, but Viv—who is not who she seems—has a different learning experience in mind. Frustrated and wanting to reimagine her life, Claire embraces the idea of reality as illusion and finds herself slipping into the tales of art and history.

When threatened with one more crushing loss, Claire must learn from the spirit of her eccentric companion and the lessons from the art they encounter to take charge of her life or lose the most precious thing in it.

The Art of Traveling Strangers is a journey of self-discovery and personal empowerment inspired by the great art masterpieces of Italy and France. It’s a tale of female bonding and the amazing powers of perception. After all, reality, like art, is just an illusion.



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  2. This is the story of two mis-matched women travelling together. But who would you LOVE to have as your travelling companion on an upcoming trip – you can choose anyone who you think would be good company! Share your thoughts with us in the COMMENTS BELOW by Saturday, 8 July 2023. The first three names chosen at random will be sent a copy each of the novel. UK/EU ONLY.

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  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 12/07/2023 at 10:12 am

    The winner are:

    Jenny Cawley
    paul lodge


  2. User: FiLe

    Posted on: 09/07/2023 at 3:50 pm

    My Husband. I love every minute we spend to.


  3. User: Natalia

    Posted on: 08/07/2023 at 6:03 pm

    My best friend G. She’s got a terrific sense of humour and lives abroad so I don’t get to see her very often.


  4. User: bobkinscotland

    Posted on: 08/07/2023 at 3:44 pm

    Xiaomanyc (the YouTube guy) – he would be able to speak wherever you went


  5. User: Victoria Bazley

    Posted on: 08/07/2023 at 1:36 pm

    My husband because he’s so good at directions and I’m rubbish!


  6. User: Sheena Read

    Posted on: 08/07/2023 at 11:36 am

    Joanna Lumley – Such an interesting person.


  7. User: alisonann

    Posted on: 08/07/2023 at 11:25 am

    I would travel with my husband, as he is always there for me through my many disabilities.


  8. User: Gardenia

    Posted on: 08/07/2023 at 9:42 am

    Got to be my mum, she’s brilliant company 🙂


  9. User: aspella

    Posted on: 08/07/2023 at 9:12 am

    I’d travel with my mum.


  10. User: Lauren Old

    Posted on: 08/07/2023 at 8:32 am

    Miranda – she’d be hilarious!


  11. User: SKnightley

    Posted on: 08/07/2023 at 8:10 am

    Without a doubt I would love my travelling companion to be Miriam Margolyes. I love that she says exactly what she thinks with no filter, and she would be full of funny stories.


  12. User: John Walker

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 10:52 pm

    I usually like to travel with my partner and some friends.


  13. User: Patricia Barrett

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 10:38 pm

    I would travel with my best friend as we get along so well and have much in common.


  14. User: Claire Hamilton

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 10:33 pm

    I have a small groups of friends that I always like to travel with.


    1 Comment

    • User: Zoe Disigny

      Posted on: 08/07/2023 at 3:44 pm

      I have a group of family/friends I like to travel with too. Makes for great bonding memories.


  15. User: Adrian Bold

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 10:29 pm

    I would like to travel with my partner.


  16. User: Angela Macdonald

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 8:28 pm

    My husband is my best travelling companion


  17. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 8:05 pm

    I’m going to be a complete hermit sociopath and take nobody, apart from characters in novels. Solo travel is a joy.


    1 Comment

    • User: Zoe Disigny

      Posted on: 08/07/2023 at 3:46 pm

      It’s a gift to enjoy your own company. Travel on!


  18. User: pyramidblaster

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 7:21 pm

    Stephen Fry for some intellectual conversation.


  19. User: Debbie W

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 2:47 pm

    Sandi Toksvig. Funny, great company, full of stories but doesn’t monopolise the conversation. And wants to see the side of places that other people don’t see.


  20. User: Tamdy

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 2:12 pm

    Gerard Butler for obvious reasons!


  21. User: Gilley Susan

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 1:50 pm

    The Art of Traveling Strangers:
    I would love to have my late friend Sally with me again to travel the world together. We were kindred spirits and would laugh till we hurt. I miss you so much Sally


  22. User: Penelope Senior

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 1:39 pm

    My husband is always my ffirst choice as a travelling companion as we tend to enjoy the same mix of interests activities


  23. User: lorelaicrumpet

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 1:14 pm

    id travel with my partner


  24. User: Dora A

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 1:06 pm

    i prefer to travel alone, with my dog


  25. User: Milly A

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 12:37 pm

    id travel with my best friend


  26. User: Nicole A

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 12:14 pm

    my travel companion would be my mum


  27. User: paul lodge

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 11:38 am

    i would take my lovely wife Linda, she is my soulmate and a joy to be with


  28. User: Logan G

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 11:11 am

    id travel with my Dad


  29. User: Graham A

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 10:25 am

    my wife – she does all the planning!


  30. User: Brendan Gavan

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 9:53 am

    id choose my sister


  31. User: Liz Atkin

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 8:47 am

    id take Peter Andre – he’d be a laugh


  32. User: Janine Atkin

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 7:26 am

    id choose my mum and shes really chilled


  33. User: Traceymb

    Posted on: 07/07/2023 at 3:00 am

    Would love to go on a road trip with my husband


  34. User: SimonSez

    Posted on: 06/07/2023 at 8:32 pm

    My wife is a great companion. But I’d also love to take my son and brother on a road trip – they have so much in common and they are both such funny company!


  35. User: Gul Akkaya

    Posted on: 06/07/2023 at 6:57 pm

    I would love to take my sister holiday with me.


  36. User: Angela Kelly

    Posted on: 06/07/2023 at 3:11 pm

    I’d love to go on a road-trip with my brother. We always used to go driving when we were teenagers so it would be a good throwback.


  37. User: Claire D

    Posted on: 06/07/2023 at 2:03 pm

    I’d go for Sue Barker


  38. User: Erica Hughes

    Posted on: 06/07/2023 at 11:05 am

    Bob Mortimer


  39. User: Sarah Parker

    Posted on: 06/07/2023 at 11:00 am

    my hubby 🙂


  40. User: Pamela Cook

    Posted on: 06/07/2023 at 8:35 am

    Very boringly I would love to have my husband with me as he is so supportive and much better at knowing where we are or how to gt to somewhere we want than me. I would just get lost without him.



    Posted on: 06/07/2023 at 7:34 am

    Famous companion? Simon Reeve..if he’s not available then my husband 😉


  42. User: Lesevans6

    Posted on: 06/07/2023 at 4:45 am

    Carol Kirkwood, I hear she is a good laugh to be with.


  43. User: Sheri

    Posted on: 05/07/2023 at 9:04 pm

    Well iy has to be my husband, who else?


  44. User: Maya Russell

    Posted on: 05/07/2023 at 4:21 pm

    I think I’d go with Jennifer Saunders – I think she’d be game for a laugh!


  45. User: Ali13

    Posted on: 05/07/2023 at 1:22 pm

    A tall, dark and handsome friend.


    1 Comment

    • User: Zoe Disigny

      Posted on: 05/07/2023 at 4:49 pm

      Ooooooh, I see a story in this trip!


  46. User: Liz Hardy

    Posted on: 05/07/2023 at 6:40 am

    My husband


  47. User: Rich Tyler

    Posted on: 04/07/2023 at 10:21 pm

    I’d love to go with my wife, she’s my best friend!


  48. User: andyi

    Posted on: 04/07/2023 at 5:00 pm

    I just got married 2 months ago (after 32 years) so I should take my wife!


  49. User: BiblioHound

    Posted on: 04/07/2023 at 4:20 pm

    I’d love to travel with the presenter Sara Cox – she’s a book lover and a dog lover so we’d have plenty in common, and I know she’d have lots of funny stories to tell


  50. User: Jo Jones

    Posted on: 04/07/2023 at 3:07 pm

    I would choose my husband as he is my best friend and would be great to travel with as he enjoys the same things as I do.


  51. User: Cornelia Ridler

    Posted on: 04/07/2023 at 2:29 pm

    I think Bob Mortimer would be a lot of fun – but could get us into some scrapes!


  52. User: Riddler

    Posted on: 04/07/2023 at 12:53 pm

    Montmorency – as long as he behaves himself!


  53. User: Angellight

    Posted on: 04/07/2023 at 6:59 am

    My ideal travelling companion would be Dimash Qudaibergen, an insanely talented artist and musical genius..he’d be my travelling companion because he’s also kind hearted,educated, well travelled and speaks multiple languages


  54. User: Marycarol

    Posted on: 03/07/2023 at 8:41 pm

    My sister Becky – always fun and willing to try anything once


  55. User: pateci0

    Posted on: 03/07/2023 at 8:36 pm

    Stephen Fry, guaranteed for witty and intelligent conversation.


  56. User: shivster

    Posted on: 03/07/2023 at 7:36 pm

    I would love to go travelling with my best friend Jo and try and relive the holidays we had when we were in our 20’s!


  57. User: Amy

    Posted on: 03/07/2023 at 7:22 pm

    my daughter xx


  58. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 03/07/2023 at 7:21 pm

    I would love to travel with my sister, we would have a great time!


  59. User: Mary N

    Posted on: 03/07/2023 at 2:07 pm

    I would love to have my incredible, brave and wonderful mum with me as my travelling companion. My mum is my hero, and one of the most fascinating and knowledgeable person I know. Her and I share so many of the same interests, such as art, history and reading etc, so we would be able to enjoy all the same activities.


    1 Comment

    • User: Zoe Disigny

      Posted on: 05/07/2023 at 4:52 pm

      Can I come too?


  60. User: atebbs

    Posted on: 02/07/2023 at 5:56 pm



  61. User: Turtledove

    Posted on: 02/07/2023 at 9:47 am

    Mark Steyn. Intelligent, informed, opinionated and funny. Great company on any trip.


  62. User: AdiLee

    Posted on: 02/07/2023 at 8:53 am

    Sir Alex Ferguson


  63. User: Lisa22

    Posted on: 02/07/2023 at 6:55 am

    I was going to say my cat as he’s good company and I always miss him when I travel but I don’t think he would make a great travel companion as he would be constantly trying to escape so I will instead say my mum! To be honest, it’s not so much a case of who I would want to travel with but who would want to travel with me!


    1 Comment

    • User: Zoe Disigny

      Posted on: 02/07/2023 at 4:14 pm

      Yeah, too bad cats don’t travel well. They are such a comfort, like bringing a bit of home on a trip with you.


  64. User: CowperA

    Posted on: 01/07/2023 at 7:47 pm

    I think Sandi Toksvig would be an entertaining, well-informed and fun travelling companion.


  65. User: Lilihu

    Posted on: 01/07/2023 at 3:08 pm

    I’d travel with my husband who enjoys and appreciates art and culture as much as me.


  66. User: Kim Murray

    Posted on: 30/06/2023 at 3:17 pm

    Sarah Millican would be lovely company and we could eat lots of cake!


  67. User: Howard Foster

    Posted on: 30/06/2023 at 11:07 am

    Miriam Margoyles OBE – Would be more than a laugh a minute with high anticipation of what she would come out with next


  68. User: Alyson Caddick

    Posted on: 30/06/2023 at 10:42 am

    I would love to have Stephen Fry as my travel companion. I’m sure that he could teach me so much about places we would visit.


  69. User: nancyt

    Posted on: 30/06/2023 at 7:54 am

    The travelling companions I always want to accompany me are my lovely husband John and our dogs Gracie and Snuffs. It just wouldn’t be as much fun without them.


  70. User: dana manning

    Posted on: 29/06/2023 at 3:02 pm

    I would go with my husband


  71. User: Brenda Hackett

    Posted on: 29/06/2023 at 2:43 pm

    My friend and sister-in-law Vera we will have a good laugh.


  72. User: Jenny Cawley

    Posted on: 29/06/2023 at 12:34 pm

    It would have to be my sister, we always end up in crazy situations and laugh all the time. She has good sense of direction whereas i get lost in my accommodation.


    1 Comment

    • User: Zoe Disigny

      Posted on: 29/06/2023 at 3:38 pm

      I love traveling with my sister too. She’s always been my best friend.


  73. User: chris2468

    Posted on: 29/06/2023 at 9:49 am

    But who would you LOVE to have as your travelling companion on an upcoming trip . . . . The Princess of Wales


  74. User: WendyB

    Posted on: 29/06/2023 at 8:42 am

    I have always thought that Jennifer Saunder would have a tale or two to tell.


  75. User: Lisa Wilkinson

    Posted on: 29/06/2023 at 5:58 am

    I would love to go away with Lizzo. I think she’d be a great laugh


  76. User: Sheena Batey

    Posted on: 28/06/2023 at 9:54 pm

    I think Helen Mirren would be such fun


  77. User: Jan H

    Posted on: 28/06/2023 at 5:26 pm

    It would have to be my husband. Although we argue, on times, we are great friends and enjoy similar pastimes. We both enjoy cooking and looking at architecture and also just being friends, together.


  78. User: bopper

    Posted on: 28/06/2023 at 3:53 pm

    Dawn French – am sure she would be great company yet quite different to her tv persona


  79. User: gd2023

    Posted on: 28/06/2023 at 2:22 pm

    Stephen Fry – to keep me amused.


  80. User: galadrial

    Posted on: 28/06/2023 at 1:48 pm

    My hubby, he is the ideal travelling companion.


  81. User: Plumbobmummy

    Posted on: 28/06/2023 at 1:22 pm

    It would have to be my son. He’s great company, he’s lots of fun and interesting to chat with.


    1 Comment

    • User: Zoe Disigny

      Posted on: 29/06/2023 at 3:41 pm

      My daughter is a great traveler and fun. She also is way ahead of me with technology, so that’s always a plus!


  82. User: AnnC51

    Posted on: 28/06/2023 at 7:57 am

    My great friend Kath
    We’ve been friends for over 20 years and we would have the best time.


    1 Comment

    • User: Zoe Disigny

      Posted on: 29/06/2023 at 3:43 pm

      I have a friend I love to travel with too. We are both art historians, which makes us really compatible when it comes to choosing where to go and what to see.


  83. User: Sue Barton

    Posted on: 27/06/2023 at 5:44 pm

    I have been travelling with my husband for 50 years (married for 47) We both retire this year and will be able to travel when we want, which will be marvellous as we are great companions. It is to be hoped that money and health allow us to continue!


    1 Comment

    • User: Zoe Disigny

      Posted on: 29/06/2023 at 3:45 pm

      Good luck to you and your husband. Traveling is the best retirement gift!


  84. User: philatel

    Posted on: 27/06/2023 at 9:55 am

    My best friend, Pauline, who I’ve known since day 1 at primary school – over 73 years ago!


  85. User: Yvonne @Fiction_Books

    Posted on: 27/06/2023 at 7:22 am

    My husband and I are definitely on the same wavelength, well after forty four years, we need to be really!

    If I was on a trip of a lifetime, I would want to know that there wasn’t going to be a lot of potential for falling out or disagreeing. Travelling with someone new, as much as you might think you know them and are on the same wavelength, is potentially fraught with complications 🙂


    1 Comment

    • User: Zoe Disigny

      Posted on: 29/06/2023 at 3:51 pm

      You’re so right. Traveling with someone new can be a big challenge. But it’s a surefire way to discover how compatible you are . . . or not.


  86. User: Happy Reading

    Posted on: 26/06/2023 at 2:24 pm

    My husband


  87. User: Leochard

    Posted on: 26/06/2023 at 12:45 pm

    [email protected]

    I would love to travel with my friend Sue. We met on a bus in Canada in the 90’s and though we see each other infrequently, (living in different places) each occasion we do meet up it is like no time has passed at all. We always have many a laugh.


    1 Comment

    • User: Tina Hartas

      Posted on: 26/06/2023 at 4:21 pm

      How lovely is that!!


  88. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 26/06/2023 at 9:40 am

    There’s nobody I’d rather travel with than my husband. I’m happier travelling alone than with anyone else


  89. User: Thunderbird

    Posted on: 26/06/2023 at 7:14 am

    My husband and I did a trip to France with a group of friends which the last night was due to be in Paris. When we got to the hotel there had been a mix up with bedrooms, one with three in a room. I ended up with two female friends in one room and he shared a double bed with his mate. No romantic Paris for us


    1 Comment

    • User: Zoe Disigny

      Posted on: 29/06/2023 at 3:48 pm

      Ha! Maybe next time.


  90. User: Janine

    Posted on: 25/06/2023 at 5:41 pm

    My daughter as we are on the same wavelength


    1 Comment

    • User: Zoe Disigny

      Posted on: 29/06/2023 at 3:47 pm

      Aren’t you lucky to be on the same wavelength as your daughter! I feel the same way about mine.