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Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country’s Hidden Past

Giles Tremlett

Ghost of Spain by Giles Tremlett, in a newly revised and updated edition of the Guardian journalist’s journey through contemporary Spain examining the darker sides of its history.

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Spaniards are reputed to be amongst Europe’s most forthright people. So why have they kept silent about the terrors of their Civil War and the rule of General Franco? This apparent ‘pact of forgetting’ inspired writer Giles Tremlett to embark on a journey around Spain and its history. He found the ghosts of Spain everywhere, almost always arguing. Who caused the Civil War? Why do Basque terrorists kill? Why do Catalans hate Madrid? Did the Islamist bombers who killed 190 people in 2004 dream of a return to Spain’s Moorish past? Tremlett’s curiosity led him down some strange and colourful byroads, and brought him unexpected insights into the Spanish character.

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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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
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'Lively and well-informed ... at once a history, a journalistic inquiry and a travel book.'

Sunday Telegraph

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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