holiday reading suggestions, please

When I go on holiday, I like to take reading matter which is appropriate to the place I’m going. The theory is that both the book and the place are enhanced by each other. A couple of years ago, I went to Tivoli and greatly enjoyed Howard‘s recommendation – Benvenuto Cellini’s Autobiography. Really, read it, if you haven’t.

This time I’m going to Andalucía, and I’m looking for suggestions again. So, something related to Andalucía, or Spain more generally; could be biography, fiction, history, poetry or whatever. Any ideas?


  1. 20 February 2006 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Don Paterson’s book “The Eyes” is a collection of ‘free translations’ from the poems of Antonio Machado (1875-1939), who was born in Seville. It’s good stuff – mysterious and thoughtful.

  2. Harry
    20 February 2006 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Ooh, excellent, just the sort of thing was hoping for; something I probably wouldn’t have stumbled upon by myself. That goes straight onto my shortlist.

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