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Old May 17th 2018, 10:44 am
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We have not had a thread on books for a long time and as we have had a great many new members in the past few years I thought that it would be a good idea to put one on.

So what books have you read that are either about Spain or are novels set in the various areas of Spain?

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Not about Spain, but I like James Patterson novels - Alex Cross, Run
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C.S. Forester's "The Gun".
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C.S. Forester's "The Gun".
I have not read that one. Please could you elaborate on why you have recommended it.

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I have not read that one. Please could you elaborate on why you have recommended it.

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Actually I recall it was rather good but then I was a Forester fan as a teenager.

Set in the Peninsular war I thought it was a rather good, albeit fictitious, portrayal of the period - if you are interested in history, in which case I would recommend it..
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Pedant mode on (to be taken with a pinch of salt!)"I didn't recommend it, you just asked what we had read!" Pedant mode off!

Actually I recall it was rather good but then I was a Forester fan as a teenager.

Set in the Peninsular war I thought it was a rather good, albeit fictitious, portrayal of the period - if you are interested in history, in which case I would recommend it..
Thank you for the additional information as I am sure that there must be members who would be interested to read a good historical novel. Love the pedant comment too!!!!

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I have quite a lot of books on Spain, and although they are not novels, nevertheless some people might be interested, for what it's worth. The following is a list of some of my favourites. Anyone interested could look them up on Amazon to see what they are about.

Contemporary history
Spain, what everyone needs to know ...................William Chislett
Franco's crypt............................................. ............Jeremy Treglown
Ghosts of Spain............................................. .........Giles Tremlett
Travel
A Pilgrim in Spain............................................. .....Christopher Howse
Spanish History pre 1900
The myth of the Andalusian Paradise....................Dario Fernandez Morera
Isabella of Castille.......................................... ........Giles Tremlett
History of Spanish Architecture..............................Bernard Bevan
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I have quite a lot of books on Spain, and although they are not novels, nevertheless some people might be interested, for what it's worth. The following is a list of some of my favourites. Anyone interested could look them up on Amazon to see what they are about.

Contemporary history
Spain, what everyone needs to know ...................William Chislett
Franco's crypt............................................. ............Jeremy Treglown
Ghosts of Spain............................................. .........Giles Tremlett
Travel
A Pilgrim in Spain............................................. .....Christopher Howse
Spanish History pre 1900
The myth of the Andalusian Paradise....................Dario Fernandez Morera
Isabella of Castille.......................................... ........Giles Tremlett
History of Spanish Architecture..............................Bernard Bevan
Excellent list. I too have read a few of them and now look forward to reading more.

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This made me look out a book given to me many years ago by a British ex-pat. cookery teacher.It's called"cooking in Spain" by Janet Searl.There's lots of very good info.apart from recipes about types of fish,herbs & spices ,wines & meat cuts etc.& their translations.Sad to say I haven't used it much for a good while as it is so easy to eat out with friends if you now are only catering for yourself.
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I wonder if she is married to David Searl who wrote “You and the Law in Spain” in English?
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Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom. The setting is just after the Spanish Civil War in 1940. A spy thriller.
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.... if you now are only catering for yourself.
If you are cooking, I can bring round a few dozen close friends :-)
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Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom. The setting is just after the Spanish Civil War in 1940. A spy thriller.
Gosh! I had forgotten about that one - read it early last year - it was brilliant!
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This made me look out a book given to me many years ago by a British ex-pat. cookery teacher.It's called"cooking in Spain" by Janet Searl.There's lots of very good info.apart from recipes about types of fish,herbs & spices ,wines & meat cuts etc.& their translations.Sad to say I haven't used it much for a good while as it is so easy to eat out with friends if you now are only catering for yourself.
She's published several cook books, but under the name Janet Mendel.
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Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom. The setting is just after the Spanish Civil War in 1940. A spy thriller.
Soldiers of Salamis by Javier Cercas is also worth dipping into.
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