My Secret Life: Kate Humble, wildlife presenter, 41

My parents ... instilled a real sense of priority in me; they made me realise that the most joyful and important things in life cost nothing. My dad worked for IBM – I was never quite sure what he did. My mum looked after me and my younger brother Charlie.

Traveller's Guide: Nicaragua

Central America's largest country is more than just a land of lakes and volcanoes – it is also rich in culture.

Is it really only 10 years since 1999?

No Facebook. No Freeview. No ‘X Factor’. Jonathan Ross on a fraction of his current pay. Ian Burrell looks back one decade and finds that it seems like a century ago...

The Complete Guide To: Spanish journeys

Whether you crave a spiritual pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela or prefer to follow in Don Quixote's fictional footsteps, you can find your perfect route

Is the Arab world ready for a literary revolution?

It’s been published in 38 countries, translated into 42 languages, turned into an Oscar-nominated movie – and sold more than 10 million copies. The haunting tale of The Kite Runner has become one of the publishing industry’s greatest success stories. Now the search is on for the next big thing to come from the East