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Great Books on Spain

GENERAL BACKGROUND - HISTORY - TRAVEL - FOOD AND WINE - SPANISH CULTURE - ADVICE

Freelance Spain's selection of recommended books about Spain. These titles can be ordered on-line from Amazon.com

GENERAL BACKGROUND

Basque History of the World, by Mark Kurlansky (Penguin). An American writer's study of life in the Basque Country, from the origins of the Basque people to their search for an identity in modern Europe. MORE

Driving Over Lemons, by Chris Stewart (Knopf). Personal account of settling on a remote farm in Andalusia, funny and touching at the same time. MORE

The New SpaniardsThe New Spaniards, by John Hooper (Penguin). Fascinating and readable chronicle of the making of modern Spain by British journalist Hooper, who was a foreign correspondent in Madrid during the key years of the transition. MORE

South from Granada, by Gerald Brenan (Kodansha). The British author's account of life in a Spanish pueblo in the 1920s is still a classic and an inspiration for thousands who have moved to Spain.  MORE

The British on the Costa del Sol, by Karen O'Reilly (Routledge). The first attempt at a serious, indepth study of why so many Britons choose Spain to live, and what makes them tick. MORE

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HISTORY

Homage to Catalonia, by George Orwell (Harvest Books). Orwell's poignant account of his involvement in the Spanish Civil War.  MORE

Malaga Burning, by Gamel Woolsey (Pythia Press). Originally published as "Death's Other Kingdom", an American woman's eyewitness account of the opening days of the Spanish Civil War.  MORE

Spain: A History, edited by Raymond Carr (Oxford University Press). A sweeping overview of Spanish history from prehistoric days to modern times. MORE

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TRAVEL GUIDES

Eyewitness Guide to Madrid (Dorling Kindersley). Visually impressive and thorough guide to the best of the Spanish capital. 0789441799  MORE

Fodor's SpainFodor's Guide to Spain (Fodor's Travel Guides). Updated each year, an eminently practical guide to the country, with great descriptive restaurant and hotel recommendations aside from all the information on the best sights.  MORE

Insight Guide to Spain (APA Insight Guides). In addition to practical travel information, well-informed, journalistic features on diverse aspects of the country. MORE

The Rough Guide to Spain (Rough Guides). This travel guide is a good source of detailed information on the main sights. MORE

Special Places to Stay in Spain and Portugal (Alisdair Sawday). Regularly updated, the best guide in English to charming small country hotels on the Iberian peninsula. MORE

Wild Spain, by Frederic Grunfled and Teresa Farino (Interlink). A thorough and practical guide to Spain's wildlife. MORE

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FOOD AND WINE

The Food and Wine of Spain, by Penelope Casas (Random House). A compendium of great recipes collected by an American food writer who lived in Spain many years. MORE

Tapas: The Little Dishes of Spain, by Penelope Casas (Random House). Culinary insights and recipes for those tasty little Spanish appetizers, MORE

Traditional Spanish Cooking, by Janet Mendel (Garnet). From Andalusia to the Basque Country, American Janet Mendel reveals the flavors of Spain's regional cuisines. MORE

A Traveller's Wine Guide to Spain, by Desmond Begg (Interlink). A review of the modern wines of Spain, with travel information as well as details of wines and wineries.   MORE

Wines of SpainWines of Spain, by Jan Read (Mitchell Beazele). Authoritative review of modern wine making in Spain. MORE

The Wines of Spain, by Julian Jeffs (Faber and Faber). The well known British wine writer traveled all over Spain to research this insightful guide to Spanish wine.  MORE

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SPANISH CULTURE

Death in the Afternoon, by Ernest Hemingway (Touchstone Books). Though frowned upon by purist aficionados, Hemingway's explanation of the bullfight is still the most readable book in English on the subject.   MORE

On BullfightingOn Bullfighting, by A L Kennedy (Anchor Books). Published in 2001, in this modern look at the bullfight the author combines information with personal reaction to Spain's corrida.  MORE

Spain: A Literary Companion, by Jimmy Burns (John Murray). A comprehensive anthology of Spain and its writers.  MORE

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ADVICE

Living and Working in Spain, by David Hampshire (Survival Books). Practical guide covering all aspects of settling in Spain.   MORE

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