We are thrilled to announce an exciting enterprise — a program of literary-based tours, developed to enhance your understanding and appreciation of a specific literary genre.


Better Read Than Dead bookshop based in Newtown is one of Sydney’s most iconic and loved independent bookstores, and Lonely Planet’s favourite Sydney bookstore. With over 20 years of experience in the Australian market, Better Read Than Dead is an active member of the Australian literary community, known for its enthusiastic involvement with authors and engagement in and support of wide-ranging literary events. With this extensive literary and business background behind us, Better Read Tours is now offering an extension of reader immersion for book-lovers in the form of a fully escorted tour.






There is something truly magical about retracing the steps of some of the world’s most brilliant authors. Spoil yourself with a full immersion into a specific literary and historical period, whether it be an exploration of the French Siècle des Lumières (the Age of Enlightenment) of the 19th century, Dante’s Italy, Tolstoy’s Russia or the American Southern Gothic.


This unique chance to glimpse the genesis of some of the classics of our literary Canon and gain fresh perspectives into their world, is an opportunity that comes along too rarely. Better Read Tours affords its members the chance to pay homage to these writers and their works in a unique and intimate environment.


Join us for a unique tour that is carefully curated to include informative and insightful guided tours, unforgettable sightseeing, with local guides bringing their insider knowledge that money can't buy. Enjoy book clubs and memorable dining experiences, savourING fine cuisine in hand-picked restaurants as part of an itinerary that is infused with local knowledge and a perfect balance of activity and downtime. 




Memoir Writing with Patti Miller

Paris, France

18 October - 3 November 2018


Memoir Writing in Paris 2018 is not a tour... it is a journey of renewal and discovery for those who want to experience Paris, not as tourists but from the inside, writing and living in this fascinating city. Read on and join us for this memoir intensive to immerse yourself in ideas, beauty and writing in the city of light.


This is 17 days that could change your life, as it has changed the lives of many who have taken this journey over the past several years. In Paris, you will be one of only 12 people who experience this exclusive opportunity. Join Patti Miller as we offer you the experience of a lifetime.




Creative Writing with Kate Forsyth

The Cotswolds, England

16-24 June 2018


Join internationally bestselling author Kate Forsyth for a week in beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, at a writing retreat designed to help you re-discover your creativity and joy in writing.


This retreat is for writers at any stage of their careers, from those who have always wanted to write but never found the time, to those who are deeply immersed in a creative project and want to find the way to boost it to the next level. Spend your mornings talking, listening, laughing and playing with words with Kate and your fellow students. Spend your afternoons exploring the glorious countryside of Oxford and the Cotswolds, a landscape that has inspired some of the world’s most beloved authors.


Discover Oxford, ‘the city of dreaming spires’, and have a restorative ale in the pub where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien first shared their enchanted worlds. Walk the streets where Shakespeare once trod, and read the curse he cast on anyone who disturbed his grave. Wander through some of England’s most beautiful gardens, and be inspired by the romantic setting of castles and yew mazes, mysterious circles of standing stones, and haunted manor halls.




Literary Paris

Paris, France

13-23 May 2018


Sartre, Camus, de Beauvoir, Hugo, Maupassant, Baudelaire, Flaubert….. 


If you’ve ever been curious about the lives and works of these canonical authors, this is your chance to experience where they lived, wrote and conceived all their oeuvres! Step back in history to discover remnants of Paris’ rich literary past: explore the houses these authors lived in; the landscapes and sites their novels describe; and, not least of all, visit the very cafés they frequented! It will be a thoroughly enchanting experience for bibliophiles and Francophiles alike.


Led by our very own French/Australian Travel Director Fabienne, this 10-day tour is guaranteed to reveal the very best of French culture, enlighten you to Paris’ rich literary patrimony, and impart a unique, awe-inspiring experience that will no doubt stay with you for très longtemps.





We hold regular information nights about upcoming tours at Better Read Than Dead bookshop in Newtown. There are no obligations when attending our information evenings, other than enjoying the complimentary wine and cheese provided! 


Booking enquiries can be made through our Better Read Tours website.




Contact Us


If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with our travel administrator Jenny.



Phone: +61 475 761 717


Better Read Tours Pty Ltd

265 King Street

Newtown NSW





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