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The Most English Man in Spain

Author(s): Stephen Mackey

Location(s): Central Spain

Genre(s): Comedy

Era(s): 2017. Just after the Brexit referendum.

Kenneth Podd is pompous and egotistical. He is also eccentric to the extreme; an ardent supporter of Brexit, he emigrates to Spain shortly after the referendum.

Finding the historic town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial a little foreign for his taste, Podd prefers to remain ensconced in his elegant, five-bedroom villa.

Podd’s seclusion is disrupted when he receives a visit from a dissolute former work colleague. Initially horrified to be witnessing his guest’s lustfulness at close quarters, he is eventually forced to admit that he too has a desire for company. Galvanised, he embarks on a madcap quest for love.

THE MOST ENGLISH MAN IN SPAIN casts a wry look at the erratic ways and outmoded attitudes of its hapless protagonist. It is Stephen Mackey’s full-length debut following the success of a short-story collection M is for Spain, which describes the real, unreal and surreal experiences of a variety of British expatriates.

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