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John Hillaby (24 July 1917 – 10 October 1996) was a British travel writer and explorer.

John Hillaby
Born24 July 1917
Died10 October 1996
York, England
GenreTravel writing
SubjectBritain, Europe, Africa
Notable worksJourney to the Jade Sea Journey Through Britain
SpouseEleanor Riley (1940–1966)
Thelma Gordon (1966–1972)
Kathleen Burton (1981–1996)
Children2 daughters

Hillaby was the son of a Yorkshire printer. He was educated at Woodhouse Grove School, Leeds. He embarked on a career in journalism, interrupted by service in the Second World War. After the war he worked for the Manchester Guardian, the New York Times and the New Scientist.

In 1949, he published his first book, Within the Streams. His real impact on the literary scene came in 1964, when he published Journey to the Jade Sea, an account of his 1,000-mile walk with a camel train through northern Kenya to Lake Turkana. The book set the pattern for his later books, Journey Through Britain (1968), an account of his walk from Land's End to John o' Groats, Journey Through Europe (1972), an account of his walk from Holland to the Italian Alps and back to France, and Journey Through Love (1976).

His earlier journeys were always alone, but after he married Kathleen Burton (also a great walker) in 1981 the two travelled together. She featured in his later books, Journey Home (1983), John Hillaby's Yorkshire (1986), John Hillaby's London (1987) and Journey to the Gods (1991).