'A remarkable collection of essays [with] a stellar cast-list ... the essays bring something personal and unexpected out of each.' Spectator

'Pieces have you planning urgent pilgrimages.' Observer

'These graceful, vicarious tours to museums famous and obscure are almost as good as the real thing.' Kirkus Reviews

It's Finnish Independence Day, and to mark it we're posting a free extract of our book Treasure Palaces: a collection of great writers on great museums. Here, Julian Barnes - author of A Sense of an Ending and The Noise of Time - meditates on Jean Sibelius's music, as well as the composer's apple corer, while visiting his home in Helsinki.

About the book

From a stunning villa on sunny Capri with Ali Smith to an unlikely temple in the heart of Copenhagen with Alan Hollinghurst, Treasure Palaces brings together over twenty of the world's greatest writers to give their own personal tours of the museums that have awed, haunted and inspired them. This is a collection of moving, lyrical essays that speak to the enduring power of museums in our cultural life, and will leave you longing to revisit your favourite treasure palace or looking for a new one to explore.

You can get it for 10% off and free P&P by clicking here.

Read an extract

You can read an extract from Treasure Palaces by clicking below, or read a PDF here.