Grape-growing and wine-making form the backdrop for the story of Josep Alvarez./  ENOTURISME PENEDÈS

Far-away adventures The grapes of peace

Noah Gordon is a writer who does not resort to using a flashy literary style or dazzling imagery. His effective but popular books are firmly based on a good story and richly detailed description

View of the island of Mallorca in 1930. /  PERE GIFRA ARCHIVE

Looting the Islands

The writer's affection for the Islands is not their beauty but the treasure trove of antiquities that she found there

Interior view of the Poblet Monastery

Lost grandeur

An American art collector ponders the lost treasures of the ill-fated and ruinous monastery of Poblet

A young couple take a selfie during a recent Sant Jordi's day in Barcelona ORIOL DURAN ELISABETH MAGRE

Saint George as a symbol of diversity?

The legend of the dragon-slaying saint is known all over the world, but each culture has its own take on the tale


1066 and all that

On the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings a new book examines the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry, which tells the story of England's conquest

Warm Earth

Mountain memories

The imposing rocky landscape of the Priorat region persists as a link between the present and darker remembrances of the volunteers who came to fight in the Civil War

Rambla Verdaguer and Plaça Catalunya in Girona. ARCHIVE

Love at first sight

An Irish writer moves off the beaten tourist track only to discover the surprising city of Girona

Barcelona's Passeig de Gràcia, around 1930. /  ARCHIVE

In praise of Gaudí

Gaudí's work was already drawing international acclaim from visitors just two years after the architect's death

American author Barbara Wilson.  ARCHIVE ARCHIVE

The traveller A mildly deranged vision

A lesbian detective is hired by a glamorous woman, Frankie, who is in fact a transsexual to look for her husband, Ben, who turns out to be a woman. It is (you've guessed right) a comedy about sexual identity

Irish novelist John Banville, author of The Blue Guitar. /  J. LOSADA
John Banville

'The only function of art is to make us feel more alive'

A leading figure in contemporary literature, John Banville –who also writes crime novels under the pseudonym Benjamin Black– delves into the selfish side of love