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I've put together a 'When in Spain Reading List' of 16 of my favourite reads about Spain.
My recommendations include books on Spanish history and society, light reads about moving and adapting to life in Spain, Flamenco, Moorish history, culinary tradition and a great Spanish recipe book, that's a must-have if you love cooking Spanish food!
I'll give you a background to each book, read you some excerpts and give you my review of them too. So if you need some recommendations, here are mine!
And...here's a list of the books I talk about in this episode:
Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past - Giles Tremlett
The New Spaniards - John Hooper
South from Granada - Gerald Brenan
Duende - Jason Webster
Andalus - Jason Webster
The Road to Santiago: Walking the Way of St James - René Freund
A Late Dinner: Discovering the Food of Spain - Paul Richardson
Tasting Spain: A Culinary Tour - H.M Van den Brink
Homage to Catalonia - George Orwell
Spain - Jan Morris
Driving Over Lemons - Chris Stewart
The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society - Chris Stewart
The Last Days of the Bus Club - Chris Stewart
The Telling Room - Michael Paterniti
Footprints in Spain: British Lives in a Foreign Land - Simon Courtauld
Spain: The Cookbook / 1080 Recetas de Cocina - Inés Ortega & Simone Ortega
Incidentally, after making this episode I recorded an episode with Paul Richardson, author of A Late Dinner: Discovering the Food of Spain. The episode is here: Self-sufficiency in Extremadura with author Paul Richardson