Welcome to the 200th edition of essential Marbella, in a trajectory that sees us on the eve of our 17th birthday!

Over the years, we have brought our loyal readers an endless degree of diversion having covered virtually every aspect of lifestyle and we relish the challenge of continuing this evolution.

For a glimpse of all the front covers we have published, see pages 32 & 33; good to know that each one of these magazines has been produced on recyclable paper!

Fittingly, this month’s focus is on the written word and we begin with a comparison of Modern vs Classical Literature and discuss some of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. Many well-known authors have experienced publisher rejection and we discover some of the most astonishing examples.

We also profile famous female authors and top food writers, investigate the outstanding success of Spain’s leading contemporary novelist, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, review landmark titles that literally shook the world and great books made into films, and visit the Library Hotel in New York.

In an issue packed to the brim with exceptional content, you can check out the all-new Porsche 718 Boxster, haute couture from Roberto Torretta, and a sumptuous property on the fringe of Marbella.

Take a trip with us to Milan’s fairytale sister, Bergamo, view the new collection from Guy Laroche at Marbella Carpets and sample some award-wining organic wines from Rioja.

Look out for our 17th anniversary edition coming next month!