.The cave hospital at La Bisbal de Falset featured in the book

Recovering ignored history Hymn to freedom

Warm Earth, the fourth in our series of works of fiction looking at Catalonia through foreign eyes, tells the dramatic and moving story of British women working as nurses and organisers with the International Brigades during the 1936-39 Civil War

A scene in Tarragona's Rambla, end of 19th century  PERE GIFRA ARCHIVE

An eye for detail

An excellent description of the city of Tarragona by a 19th century Scot whose keen eye missed little


Success too late Elderly angst

Unlike Colm Tóibín's The South or Lucia Graves' Memory House, the first two books discussed in this series on fiction in English about Catalonia, The Corrida at San Feliu is not wholly successful

One of the original illustrations for the book by John Tenniel depicting the Tea Party.  ARCHIVE

Alice in Wonderland still going strong after 150 years

The book that gave us one of the West's foremost cultural icons celebrates a century and a half of entertaining generations of children and inspiring works of literature, theatre, art and film


Colm Tóibín: sober, intense master Flight to Catalonia

A worthy start to this series, The South tells the story of Katharine, who in 1950 flees her husband and son in Enniscorthy and comes to live in Barcelona. Tóibín explains Katharine's emotional journey over 30 years

Carlos Nadal 1917-1998. Works on paper:

A wild beast filled with colour

This sumptuous large-format book of some 300 colour and black-and-white paintings, drawings and photos tells the story of Carles Nadal's life and his colourful and happy art

.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.