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Alberto’s Lost Birthday

Alberto’s Lost Birthday

Author(s): Diana Rosie

Location(s): Spain

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern looking back

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A little boy and his grandfather embark on a quest to find the old man’s missing birthday in Diana Rosie’s debut novel, Alberto’s Lost Birthday. Alberto is an old man. But he doesn’t know how old – he remembers nothing...

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Clarissa’s Warning

Clarissa’s Warning

Author(s): Isobel Blackthorn

Location(s): Fuerteventura

Genre(s): Mystery

Era(s): Contemporary

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A lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life. She buys an ancient stone ruin on the island of her dreams. Her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger, but Claire pays no heed. Soon after moving to the idyllic island,...

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Iberia

Iberia

Author(s): James A Michener

Location(s): Spain

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue

Era(s): 2000s

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Spain is Michener’s second home and he writes about the glories of the Prado, the bullfights, and everything that is Spanish: such a great storyteller, he magnificently captures the stunning variety of life and culture in Spain.

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The Labyrinth of the Spirits

The Labyrinth of the Spirits

Author(s): Carlos Ruis Zafón (Carlos Ruis Zafon)

Location(s): Barcelona

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1950s

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The Labyrinth of the Spirits is the fourth book in Zafón’s wonderful The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series As a child, Daniel Sempere discovered among the passageways of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books an extraordinary novel that would change...

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The Snares of Memory

The Snares of Memory

Author(s): Juan Marsé

Location(s): Barcelona

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1982 looking back to 1949

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In January 1949 on an otherwise unremarkable day in an unremarkable Barcelona neighbourhood cinema, a prostitute is murdered in cold blood in the projection booth by the assistant projectionist, one Fermín Sicart. More than thirty years later, a screenwriter...

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Winter in Madrid

Winter in Madrid

Author(s): C J Sansom

Location(s): Madrid

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1940s

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The Spanish Civil War is over, Madrid is in ruins, the Germans continue their sweep through Europe, and Franco refuses to enter the Second World War. Unassuming spy, Harry Brett, is sent over to Spain and rekindles his friendship...

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A Meeting in Seville

A Meeting in Seville

Author(s): Paul A Mendelson

Location(s): Seville

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern looking back to 1980s

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A Meeting in Seville follows a couple whose marriage is on the rocks. They return to Seville on Semana Santa (Easter) for a `second honeymoon’, a gift from their daughter, only to encounter their own younger selves, on their...

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A Summer Reunion

A Summer Reunion

Author(s): Fanny Blake

Location(s): Majorca (Mallorca)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

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Amy, Linda, Kate and Jane were best friends at school. Now, years later, they have grown apart. When Amy discovers her husband has been stealing from her successful interiors business, and with a milestone birthday looming, she decides it...

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An Echo of Scandal

An Echo of Scandal

Author(s): Laura Madeleine

Location(s): Andalusia (Andalucía), Gibraltar, Tangier

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1970s looking back to 1920s

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In the dead of night, with blood on her hands, she made her escape. Accused of murder, Alejandra flees her home, escaping to the southern edge of Spain, where she faces a life of poverty and destitution. Seduced by...

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Bread and Oil: Majorcan Culture’s Last Stand

Bread and Oil: Majorcan Culture’s Last Stand

Author(s): Tomas Graves

Location(s): Majorca (Mallorca)

Genre(s): Gastro

Era(s): 2000s

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On the island of Mallorca pa amb oli (bread and oil) is rubbed with garlic or tomatoes and salt, as it is in many other Mediterranean countries. Graves starts with this simple dish as a starting point to explore...

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