Spanish Settings

Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
At 10 years old Daniel is taken by his father to the labyrinthine "Cemetery of Forgotten Books" in Barcelona. There he is allowed to choose just one book to adopt, to make sure that it will always stay alive . . .

The Lone Woman - Bernardo Atxaga
Irene returns home to Bilbao by bus striking up conversations with the passengers. She has just been released from prison after serving time for terrorist offences and two of her fellow travellers are policemen.

Soldiers of Salamis - Javier Cercas
This tells the story of Rafael Sanchez Mazas and the unknown Republican soldier who spared his life, allowing him to found the Spanish Falange and become a minister in Franco's government.

Marks of identity - Juan Goytisolo
An autobiographical reflection on exile and identity.

A Light comedy - Eduardo Mendoza
Set in Barcelona during the late 1940s, a playwright begins an affair with an actress, but then there is a murder and the playwright is the prime suspect.

The Fencing master - Arturo Perez-Reverte
An old fencing master is called to teach a young lady, but he soon finds himself in 19th century Madrid's plots and mysteries.

Offside - Manuel Vazquez Montalban
Pepe Carvalho prepares to find the truth out about death threats received by Barcelona Football club in this crime thriller.

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