The influential English novelist George Orwell.
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“1984” - George Orwell

The writer takes a look at where Orwell did and did not get it right

Georgina Hardinge.  ARCHIVE

An Englishwoman in Valencia

Where are you originally from and where do you live now?I'm English, originally from the Surrey/Sussex area, though I lived in several other countries during a large part of my youth. Following a few years...

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A disappointing second serving

Not without some interesting observations of the US lifestyle, Matthew Quicks' The Good Luck of Right Now does not live up to his earlier offering, The Silver Linings Playbook

Vineyards in the town of Salses,with the Canigó mountain on the horizon.

Almost perfection

A mystic and poetic portrayal of the grape harvest in the town of Salses, in northern Catalonia

Eduardo Mendoza in an archive photo Archive
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'In somewhat of a pickle'

Eduardo Mendoza presents us with Spain seen through the eyes of An Englishman in Madrid as happenstance carries the protagonist on an unplanned journey into unknown terrain

The Rambla in Figueres, early last century.  ARCHIVE

Two worlds meet

A wealthy American socialite travels incognito with the Infanta of Spain, brushing shoulders with the peasantry


The Gray Notebook

A diary from nearly a century ago about the life of a student from Palafrugell does not sound very appealing. Yet this is Josep Pla's masterpiece, one of the best-loved books in Catalan literature

Reproduction of the sculpture of the Lady of Elche, at “El Huerto del Cura”.  Archive

A southern oasis

A prolific travel writer fascinated by all things exotic, waxes poetic about the delights of Elx.

Port de Soller, 19th century. Archive

Back on terra firma

After a rough passage from Barcelona, a 19th century lady enjoys the simple delights Mallorca has to offer

A family of Spanish migrants having lunch in their housein the suburbs of Barcelona.  RAFAEL USERO PRIVATE COLLECTION

The other Catalans

Paco Candel's book 'Els altres catalans', published 50 years ago, remains a key account of the lives of Spanish migrants who moved to Catalonia's suburbs