A lovely time at the Royal British Legion in Mojacar

I had a lovely time this morning in the Royal British Legion meeting rambling on about the history of the area. Well, I did, I don’t know about the poor blighters who had to listen to me. I was there to talk about my book Turre – a history. Coming soon to a bookshop near you (and available now via Amazon in print or Kindle). Many interesting and intelligent questions were put to me, and Continue reading A lovely time at the Royal British Legion in Mojacar

Turre – a history has been published

My latest book on the history of the province: Turre – a history is now available in paperback or Kindle format from Amazon! Or if you want, you can get it from Amazon.es, the Spanish site. Turre – a history recounts the last 500 years of history of the Levante of Almeria through the story of the small town called Turre. Starting with the conquest of the province by the Spanish Catholic Kings from the Continue reading Turre – a history has been published

Exciting new fiction book by local author Britt Arenander is available now!

Local author -and occasional contributor to this blog – Britt Arenander has had her new book published. In Lux Divina Britt tells the story of Martina, a shy and oversensitive 38-year-old writer. When offered the opportunity to escape from wintry Stockholm she goes to finish a novel at a foundation for writers on a Spanish Mediterranean island, where she encounters a mystical order, Lux Divina, said to have been founded in the third century AD. Continue reading Exciting new fiction book by local author Britt Arenander is available now!

The Lamb at Nettlesham (Tales from the Saigh Valley)

Local author Kevill Davies, who lives in Mojacar, has just announced the publication of his latest novel “The Lamb at Nettlesham (Tales from the Saigh Valley)“. Sometimes tragic, often comic, this story from the beautiful Saigh Valley draws on some of the author’s experiences as a publican and hotel keeper in over twenty-five years in the trade. The story’s main characters, Jackie Meadows, a sex obsessed woman and Henry Bagshot her football mad childhood sweetheart, Continue reading The Lamb at Nettlesham (Tales from the Saigh Valley)

Jose Saramago has died

Jose Saramago, Portugal’s only Nobel prize winning author, has died at the age of 87 at his home on the island of Tenerife. The poor son of Portuguese peasants, he taught himself to read and write at a local library after being forced to drop out of school at a young age to work to support his family. He has written a number of insightful books which have explored the people of Portugal and Spain, Continue reading Jose Saramago has died

How to live dangerously

How to Live Dangerously: Why We Should All Stop Worrying, and Start Living In a similar vein to the book Freakonomics (A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything), How to Live Dangerously is a wonderful book whose power lies in making you think. It’s a “take a step back” look at modern life, and perhaps it’s most potent theme is that taking risks often makes life safer. If you’re one of those people Continue reading How to live dangerously

Franco: A biography

Paul Preston has created a wonderful profile on Franco, and this book has become the authoritive laymans guide to the only 20c Western European dictator to die peacefully in office. Despite it’s initial size, this is a book that concisly explains the evolution of Franco from the early, eager military cadet to the cool, absent caudillo he became. A wonderful book that reads more like a novel than a historical text, and I devoured it. Continue reading Franco: A biography