Author(s): Simon Courtauld
Part history, part memoir, part travelogue - a fascinating tour of Spain by an author who knows its history and culture inside outBritons have been drawn to Spain for many centuries. It has played host to bloody wars and legendary love affairs that have shaped the culture, history and psyche of both nations. Over time, Spain has made its mark on many of our best-loved artists, thinkers, writers and royals.Intelligent, humane and idiosyncratic, this book tells the story of great British lives in Spain from the Pyrenees to Gibraltar and A Coruna to Valencia. In doing so, it vividly charts the tumultuous history of Spain, its people and its British visitors, from Catherine of Lancaster to Laurie Lee. Writing with warmth, colour and an eye for a great anecdote, Courtauld gets to the heart of Spanish life and sheds new light on this eternally fascinating country.
Praise for Courtauld's previous books:;'Simon Courtauld is both an acute observer and an accomplished writer. This book entertains and instructs.';Spectator;'Every page offers some surprising, often informative, anecdote or digressive titbit...';Times Literary Supplement
Simon Courtauld is the author of seven previous books including To Convey Intelligence (Profile Books) and Border Life (Elliott & Thompson). As well as spending many years travelling Spain he has been legal correspondent to the Times, deputy editor of the Spectator and a regular contributor to the Telegraph. He lives in Devizes, Wiltshire.