Dan Richards

Dan Richards

Dan Richards is an acclaimed non-fiction writer specialising in art, travel and adventure. He was born in Wales, grew up in Bristol, and studied at the University of East Anglia and Norwich Arts School.

Why are we drawn to wilderness and what can we do to protect them? Dan sets out to answer such questions in his fourth book, Outpost: A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth, published by Canongate in 2019. He explores the appeal and pull of far-flung shelters in mountains, tundra, forests, oceans and deserts - landscapes which have inspired writers, artists and musicians. Dan follows a route featuring the Cairngorms of Scotland and the fire-watch lookouts of Washington State, Iceland’s tundral ‘Houses of Joy’, Mars missions in the Utah desert, the frozen ghost towns of Svalbard and ancient mountain shrines in Japan.

Dan's first book, Holloway, co-authored with Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Stanley Donwood, was published by Faber in 2013 and became a Sunday Times bestseller.