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October 2015

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At the heart  of Tremlett’s book is an investigation into the legacy of Spain’s devastating civil war and its transition, after Franco’s death in 1975, to democracy - ironically pioneered by a king who Franco himself appointed as his successor.


On Giles Tremlett’s  “Ghosts of Spain”

Spain’s general election, now just over two months away, will be won
and lost primarily on economic policy.


(SUR in English 9th October 2015)

Target practice

One couldn’t wish for a better travel companion than Gerald Brenan. His honesty, curiosity, humour and deep knowledge of Spanish history are all on display in The Face of Spain …….


(SUR in English 9th October 2015)

On Gerald Brenan’s “The Face of Spain”

This week, Brussels’ criticism of Spain’s 2016 budget was made
official, following warning remarks made last week by EU
Commission chief Pierre Moscovici.


(SUR in English 16th October 2015)

Shopping for a solution

Jason Webster has written what is surely the most arresting
opening sentence in recent travel literature, a sentence that
forces difficult, searching questions upon you: “Often we end
up doing what  we almost want to do because we lack the
courage to do what  we really want to do.”


(SUR in English 16th October 2015)

On Jason Webster’s “Duende: A Journey in Search
of Flamenco”

In another sign that Spain is beginning to be creative about
possible ways to nurture its nascent economic recovery, the
Spanish film industry is calling for the government to increase
tax breaks for foreign film producers. The hope is that Spain
could be, once again, one of the international locations of
choice for great directors, as it was in the 1960s.



(SUR in English 23rd October 2015)

Lights, camera …….. jobs

After a tumultuous summer in Europe, the world’s gaze has now turned away from Greece  and rests firmly on Catalonia


A long road ahead

(SUR in English 2nd October 2015)

It changed my life and made me want to write and explore
the world.” So says American bull runner and author Bill
Hillman of the novel that put a small Spanish town and its
annual bull-running fiesta well and truly on the world stage.


(SUR in English 23rd October 2015)

On Ernest Hemingway’s “Fiesta: The Sun
Also Rises”

Some unjustified assumptions inform the Spanish
government’s anti-Catalonian rhetoric: that it will
be in power long enough to prevent Catalonia leaving
Spain; that it can disallow the region’s continued or
renewed membership of the EU as an independent
state; or, at the very least, that it can ban a referendum
on the matter.


(The Spectator 27th October 2015)

(SUR in English 2nd October 2015)

Spain’s hunger for political change might
be just what Catalonia needs

The state of a country’s property market is always a

good indication of its economic health, and applying
the property litmus test to Spain at the moment yields

some positive results.


(SUR in English 30th October 2015)

Hot property

(SUR in English 30th October 2015)

“A Rose for Winter” is a love letter to Spain’s most iconic region,
written when Lee returned with his wife Kati, after a fifteen-year
absence, for a three-month tour of “the great white cities of
Andalucia”



On Laurie Lee’s  “A Rose for Winter”