When in Spain reading list: 16 must-read books on Spain



With the Summer holiday season just around the corner, you might be contemplating which books to pack to while away the hours while relaxing or travelling. Assuming you’re a big fan of Spain, I’ve put together a ‘When in Spain Reading List’ of 16 of my favourite reads about Spain.

My recommendations include books on Spanish history and society, light reads about moving and adapting to life in Spain, Flamenco, The Moors, culinary tradition and a great Spanish recipe book, that’s a must-have if you love cooking Spanish food!

I’ll give you a background to each book, read you some excerpts and give you my review of them too. So if you need some recommendations, here are mine!

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And…here’s a list of the books I talk about in this episode:

Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past – Giles Tremlett

The New Spaniards – John Hooper

South from Granada – Gerald Brenan

Homage to Catalonia – George Orwell

Spain – Jan Morris

Driving Over Lemons – Chris Stewart

The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society – Chris Stewart

The Last Days of the Bus Club – Chris Stewart

Duende – Jason Webster

Andalus – Jason Webster

The Road to Santiago: Walking the Way of St James – René Freund

A Late Dinner: Discovering the Food of Spain – Paul Richardson

Tasting Spain: A Culinary Tour – H.M Van den Brink

The Telling Room – Michael Paterniti

Footprints in Spain: British Lives in a Foreign Land – Simon Courtauld

Spain: The Cookbook / 1080 Recetas de Cocina – Inés Ortega & Simone Ortega

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WHAT IS WHEN IN SPAIN?

The When in Spain show is a weekly podcast show, recorded in Madrid (and other parts of Spain) where l talk about my ‘warts and all’ observations and insights on life and culture on the Iberian peninsular.

I cast an eye on everyday life, people, places, politics, culture and history and attempt to give an honest opinion from a Brit who has a love-frustration relationship with Spain. I shall attempt to dispel or indeed confirm Spanish stereotypes through my ramblings and see if I can delve into the Spanish psyche.

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WHO THE HELL IS WHEN IN SPAIN?

I’m Paul Burge, former BBC journalist, Hispanophile and Manchego lover. A Brit, born in Oxford and living in Spain for almost 5 years. I currently live in the centre of Madrid.

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