Nick Inman was born Yorkshire and graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Politics. For the last 20 years he has been a freelance travel writer and photographer specialising in France and Spain. He now lives in an old farmhouse near the Pyrenees in southwest France with his wife, Spanish writer Clara Villanueva, and their two children. A self-confessed Francophile, he is particularly passionate about the country's vernacular and medieval architecture as well as its wildlife. He has contributed to over 60 travel guides including numerous titles for Insight and Berlitz, while his non-travel books include Politipedia and The Optimist's Handbook.