Ghosts of Spain

Giles Tremlett

In Ghosts of Spain, the Guardian journalist Giles Tremlett travels through contemporary Spain examining the darker sides of its history.

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The Spanish are reputed to be amongst Europe’s most voluble people. So why have they kept silent about the terrors of the Spanish Civil War and the rule of dictator Generalísimo Francisco Franco?

The appearance – sixty years after that war ended – of mass graves containing victims of General Franco’s death squads has finally broken what Spaniards call ‘the pact of forgetting’. At this charged moment, Giles Tremlett embarked on a journey around Spain – and through Spanish history.

As well as a moving exploration of Spanish politics, Tremlett’s journey was also an attempt to make sense of his personal experience of the Spanish. Why do they dislike authority figures, but are cowed by a doctor’s white coat? How had women embraced feminism without men noticing? What binds gypsies, jails and flamenco? Why do the Spanish go to plastic surgeons, donate their organs, visit brothels or take cocaine more than other Europeans?

‘Lively and well-informed . . . at once a history, a journalistic inquiry and a travel book.’ Sunday Telegraph

Critic Reviews

Tremlett's work will bring many who think we know Spain to confront what we have hesitated to acknowledge even to ourselves.

Matthew Parris
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Tremlett writes with humour, modesty and a great affection for his subject

Miranda France, Daily Telegraph
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a transfixing, elegantly written account of Spain today

Siobhan Murphy, Metro
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An excellent and readable book for anyone interested in Spain, or even looking for superior Costa holiday reading.

Christopher Frew, Scotland on Sunday
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Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Spain.

Sarah Williams, BBC History Magazine
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A feast of a book

Irish Times

Giles Tremlett is the Guardian’s Madrid correspondent. He has lived in, and written extensively about, Spain almost continuously since graduating from Oxford University twenty years ago. His first book was GHOSTS OF SPAIN: Travels Through a Country’s Hidden Past.

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