.Journalist and photographer, David Baird lives in the south of Spain
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A people caught between two fires

The Civil War book Between Two Fires by David Baird is exactly the kind of thing you would hope to find when you are aimlessly looking through the shelves in a bookshop

Hostalric. At the end of the XVIII century women crossing the Tordera river.  ARCHIVE

A rude welcome

Expecting better luck, an aristocrat and her family experience an eventful welcome to Catalonia

Life Embitters

The fleeting pulse of reality

Pla called Life Embitters 'narrative literature', a book combining a youth's passion to understand the world and a revised mature take on the follies of human behaviour

British writer Joanna Trollope.  ARCHIVE
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The Balancing Act of the English family

Joanna Trollope, a former chair of the UK's Orange Prize for books, has recently made the mainstream news with her comments criticising UK literary festivals for their commercialism.

 Homage to Catalonia
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Orwell and journalism Homage to Orwell

June 8 is the CCCB and Pen Català's third edition of Orwell Day

Flocks of sheep pasturing are a common sight in Ibiza  ARCHIVE

Ibizan festive fare

An antipodean writer joins in with the festivities of the ancient tradition of the pig slaughter and sausage making

David Izquierdo, in front of the Liceu opera house, one of the book's protagonists.  ALBERT SALAMÉ

Unknown Barcelona

The book Curioses històries de Barcelona invites readers to learn more about the city's mysterious side, explaining events and legends from Barcelona's 2,000-year history

Soller Pont de la Creu, on the road to Fornalutx.

A sad farewell

A British writer describes how she was forced to flee her beloved Mallorca at the outset of the Civil War

The cover of Mercè Rodoreda's The Diamond Square.

What was published in 2014? In English, life after drowning

With Catalonia's international profile rising, Catalan literature translated into English has finally arrived opening up a world of quality for all readers

Sant Jordi in Catalonia: Statue of the saint on the Pati dels Tarongers in the Palau de la Generalitat,  A. PUIG / J. RAMOS / A. GARCÍA

All about George Of knights and dragons

The Diada de Sant Jordi is these days dominated by the Catalan tradition of exchanging books for roses but the origins of the festival are rooted in the Saint George legend