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Five more great books set in Spain

15th June 2019

Five more great books set in SPAIN.

Spain is the latest country for us to visit in our ‘Great books set in…’ series. For many, Spain is a destination for a beach holiday… but it is so much more. There are fantastic cities – think of Madrid, Barcelona, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Santander, and Valencia – and a country that is absolutely steeped in history, from the invading Moors from North Africa, through the Middle Ages and the colonial era, and on to the Spanish Civil War and Franco.

It seems that you’ve really enjoyed our ‘Ten great books set in Spain‘ list, so here are 5 more to get those literary travel juices flowing in time for the summer:

Five more great books set in Spain1. Soldiers of Salamis by Javier Cercas

The unnamed voice of this book is a contemporary journalist, who is investigating the story of Rafael Sanchez Mazas, a “good, not great” writer from the 1930s,set against the final moments of the Spanish Civil War.

Sometimes philosophical, sometimes a litle ponderous, but with good pace and insight.

Five more great books set in Spain2. Death on a Galician Shore by Domingo Villar

One misty autumn dawn in a quiet fishing port in northwest Spain, the body of a sailor washes up in the harbour.

Detective Inspector Leo Caldas is called in from police headquarters in the nearby city of Vigo to sign off on what appears to be a suicide. But details soon come to light that turn this routine matter into a complex murder investigation.

Finding out the truth is not easy when the villagers are so suspicious of outsiders. As Caldas delves into the maritime life of the village, he uncovers a disturbing decade-old case of a shipwreck and two mysterious disappearances.

Death on a Galician Shore is a chilling story of violence, blackmail and revenge that has enthralled readers across Europe…

3. The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

One hot summer. One week in a villa on the outskirts of Deia, a village nestling in the rugged, mountainous west coast of the island of Mallorca. One family for whom the carefully laid jigsaw of life is about to be broken.

Jenn and her husband Greg holiday each year in Deia, enjoying languorous afternoons by the pool. But this year the equilibrium is upset by the arrival of Emma, Jenn’s stepdaughter, and her boyfriend Nathan. Beautiful and reckless, Nathan stirs something unexpected in Jenn. As she is increasingly seduced by the notion of Nathan’s youth and the promise of passion, the line between desire and obsession begins to blur.

What follows is a highly-charged liaison that put lives and relationships in jeopardy, and a taut narrative which percolates with enough sexual tension to make it impossible to put down.

4. A Late Dinner:Discovering the Food of Spain by Paul Richardson

In this vivid and humorous journey, Richardson takes us past the cliches of paella and gazpacho to tell the real story of Spain’s mouth-watering food, from the typical coastal cuisine to the shepherd cooking of the interior and the chic ‘urban’ food of Madrid and Barcelona.

Along the way he gets caught up in a fish auction and the annual pig slaughter, spends a day at El Bulli restaurant and makes a never-ending stream of new friends.

5. As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee

Abandoning the Cotswolds village that raised him, the young Laurie Lee walks to London. There he makes a living labouring and playing the violin. But, deciding to travel further a field and knowing only the Spanish phrase for ‘Will you please give me a glass of water?’, he heads for Spain.

With just a blanket to sleep under and his trusty violin, he spends a year crossing Spain, from Vigo in the north to the southern coast. Only the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War puts an end to his extraordinary peregrinations . . .

Andrew for the TripFiction Team

Which other titles would you add for Spain? Please leave your thoughts in the Comments below, and remember that there are so many more books already on our database that will transport you to this ever-enticing location.

Other posts in our ‘Ten/five great books set in…’ series that might interest you:

Ten great books set in Spain

Five great books set in Portugal

Ten great books set in Paris

Ten great books set in London

Ten great books set in Rome

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  1. User: Teresa Mcgovern

    Posted on: 19/06/2019 at 9:10 am

    Dolores Redondo, the baztan trilogy. Wonderful. Just wonderful.

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