Simon Courtauld has certainly written a winner.
Footprints in Spain, published by Quartet and now in paperback is still attracting a great deal of interest. Highly recommended by critics, it has now garnered the attention of British Airways magazine High Life which it highlighted in their current August issue with the following headline.
‘From soul searching to sun seeking, Benjamin Disraeli to George Orwell, legendary tiffs to lovers’ trysts, the British have heard the Iberian siren call for centuries. Simon Courtauld paints an idiosyncratic portrait of the two countries’ passionate history.’
If you happen to be travelling on a British Airways flight this August, you will no doubt read the full coverage in its magazine and would certainly hanker to buy a copy of the book which is truly informative as well as highly entertaining.
It’s a good holiday companion and it will also make an affordable Christmas present in the present austerity climate. What more can you ask for…
Part history, part memoir, part travelogue – a fascinating tour of Spain by an author who knows its history and culture inside out. Britons have been drawn to Spain for many centuries. It has played host to bloody wars and legendary love affairs that have shaped the culture, history and psyche of both nations. Over time, Spain has made its mark on many of our best-loved artists, thinkers, writers and royals. Intelligent, humane and idiosyncratic, this book tells the story of great British lives in Spain from the Pyrenees to Gibraltar and A Coruña to Valencia. In doing so, it vividly charts the tumultuous history of Spain, its people and its British visitors, from Catherine of Lancaster to Laurie Lee. Writing with warmth, colour and an eye for a great anecdote, Courtauld gets to the heart of Spanish life and sheds new light on this eternally fascinating country.