Books on Spain 2.0 | Rants, Reviews and a new book-in-progress

First up, thank you everybody for the lovely comments on my blogiversary post! Of course, I wrote it and promptly went off on holiday, hence this belated acknowledgment- but now I’m back and raring to get started on the next 12 months of rants and reviews.

From September, this blog will also be home to updates on my book-in-progress From Cervantes to Sunny Spain, the Making of a Modern Spanish Obsession, 1888-1918 – which means that on top of normal service, I’ll be posting titillating titbits and scintillating snippets about the people, institutions, events, celebrations, exhibitions, tours, performers and – of course! – books that contributed to making Spain public property and a crucial part of British public life during the 30 years between the tercentenary of the Spanish Armada in 1888 and the First World War. That means more trashy Edwardian novels (and some Victorians), more on the Anglo-Spanish royal wedding and the quite spectacular wave of opportunistic literary toadying it provoked, more Hispanophile entrepreneurs,  more tourism history (don’t you just love the Booth Line postcard at the top of the post?) and my new obsession, mapblogging. Watch the Cervantes to Sunny Spain tag for more!

Next up, though, will be my promised review of María Dueñas’s El tiempo entre costuras. Watch this space!



  1. Love the mapblogging (post)! Looking forward to following the progress of the book. Also, just in Barcelona, the CCCB had this exhibit on Brangulí and one of the activities was to go to a spot he had photographed and find the postcard the museum people left there. You could get a 2×1 promotion to get to the exhibit. It was very disorienting trying to imagine how the old photographed fit with the new layout of the city, but it was lots of fun. All work trips should be indeed this fun. Good luck!

    1. Thank you! That exhibit sounds fascinating – am totally addicted to old maps and figuring out how they fit with new landscapes … have seeds of an idea or two for developing the digital side of the project and yes, it should definitely be *fun*!

  2. Love this blog and will be following it closely! I’ve been writing a similarly spirited blog, not focused so closely on literature, per se, but with the angle of bursting the “Hemingway paradigm” which seems to dominate the imagination of American visitors to Spain.

    In the spirit of reading up a bit more on my blog’s patron saint, I’ve lined up two books which I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on: 1) Richard Ford, Spaniards and Their Country, 1846 (which I believe you know, but I guess falls before your time period), and 2) Burns Marañon, Hispanomanía, 2000. The latter book, written by the grandson of _the_ Marañon and who is part British and part Spanish, sounds particularly intriguing and relevant to your project.

    1. Thank you, and thanks for stopping by! You’re right, I do know the Ford (and the guidebooks that came afterwards), and can certainly put it on the list of books for review … I was rereading parts of the guidebook yesterday (the parts on Coruna) and some of it was quite unbelievably colourful. I don’t know the Burns Maranon, but I’m intrigued and will definitely follow it up. Thank you!

  3. […] perhaps the most exciting of the last few months’ developments is connected with The Project Formerly Known as From Cervantes to Sunny Spain, which now has a spiffing new title: The Edwardians and the Making of a Modern Spanish Obsession. […]

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