Books inspired by New York

Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood to travel

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The Godfather

Mario Puzo

The classic novel about Don Corleone and his crime family set in New York's criminal underworld.

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A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

A profound and beautifully-written novel about four ambitious US college friends who move to New York to begin their lives and careers after graduating. Deeply disturbing, but with an enduring human love and kindness, this book will move you in a way that none has before. Everyone should read it.

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Cosmopolis

Don DeLillo

Follows an eventful day in the life of Eric, a self-made billionaire who gets stuck in traffic in the back of his limo on a journey across New York to get a haircut. He conducts his business and his life from the confined space, his bodyguards worried that he may be a target. Complex but uniquely matter-of-fact, this book will challenge you and make you think.

New York Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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3rd May 2020 by Rachel Nicole

New York, Las Vegas & Los Angeles – The dream itinerary

2020 was supposed to be a huge year for travel but obviously my plans have been put on hold. Today, Stefan and I should’ve been visiting Disneyland in California but instead, we’re in lockdown in separate houses. It’s hard to know what to post about in this crisis but I’ve decided to talk about my Multi-Centre trip to the USA as something to look forward to. As you may know, we were supposed to be in the US for three weeks now but we had to cancel. Thankfully, we managed to get about...

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17th December 2019 by PommieTravels

How to spend a weekend break in New York City

No city defines America quite like NYC. New York represents diversity, dreams, ambition, and wealth. Around every corner, you’re witnessing someone’s success story. Some have made it, while others are on their way. In short, it’s an exciting place to visit. However, the Big Apple’s vast number of attractions, restaurants, and bars makes planning an itinerary difficult. Plotting out activities for a week can be challenging, but what if you only have 48 hours?...

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22nd August 2019 by Budget Traveller

My favourite budget places to stay in New York

One of the most common questions I get from readers is if I can recommend them a good hostel to stay in New York that is not too expensive. There are a few decent budget places to stay in New York but forget about finding a cheap room in New York. For anything half decent, good location, clean -you’re looking at around $150-$200 for a private room. One way to save money in New York is by choosing to stay in a hostel. Based on my recent trip to the Big Apple, I’ve rounded up my 3 best...

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23rd May 2019 by The Wandering Quinn

10 things I’d do on a return trip to NYC in my 30’s

New York City is amazing at any age and I’ve heard it only get’s better the more you visit! This Summer marks 9 years since I flew to the USA to work at a Summer Camp for 3 months and then spend a month travelling around the US. Of course New York was high on my list to visit and a group of us from my Camp all went there after a fun week in Miami together. I’ve only returned to New York one time since which was for a few hours on a layover in April 2015. I remembered why I loved it the...

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17th April 2019 by Stuart

Virgin Atlantic flight deals from £268 return

Virgin Atlantic has just launched a collection of 2019/20 flight deals from £268 return. Us Brits love Virgin Atlantic, consistently rating it as one of our favourite airlines in terms of customer service and customer experience. So when a chance comes along to bag a bargain flight - as it has today - then it's time to get booking! We've spotted some great deals to some of the world's top destinations, departing from London and Manchester. Whether for business or for pleasure, they've got...

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28th May 2019 by Charlie, Distracted

Three stupidly delicious brunches in Williamsburg, NYC

I had no doubt in my mind when planning my first trip to New York that I wanted to stay in Williamsburg. It’s gone beyond up-and-coming and is well and truly here, making a name for itself with boutiques, breweries and street art that could have kept me away from Manhattan for our whole visit.​ Our base was The Williamsburg, nestled between The Hoxton and The Wythe hotels, opposite Brooklyn Bowl and within strolling distance of some excellent brunch spots. Although we braved Manhattan some...

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27th September 2019 by Charlie, Distracted

An afternoon’s baking class at Milk Bar, New York

I’ve never felt comfortable describing myself as a ‘foodie’. People start analysing where you last ate or expecting Michelin- star restaurants to be top of my list, but in reality, some of the best food might be classed as ‘junk’. That’s why I loved the Christina Tosi episode of Chef’s Table. She is the unashamed queen of sugar; a woman who champions cakes and cookies over fine patisserie, despite her impeccable training. Her bakery Milk Bar was top of my list to try on my trip to...