OCTOBER SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘Petals and Bullets’ by Mark Derby

It was bright moonlight – good bombing light – and once we had to stop and put out our lights as a Fascist aeroplane flew over. They usually come swooping down with guns firing at cars, especially ambulances. Finally we arrived at a town among the hills about 12.30 p.m. Here there is a hospital of about 100 beds in a former convent . . … Continue reading OCTOBER SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘Petals and Bullets’ by Mark Derby

SEPTEMBER SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Dead’ by Mark Oldfield

MADRID, 1982. Comandante Leopoldo Guzmán has decided it is time to disappear. Franco is in his grave and there’s no place in the new order for the one-time head of the dead dictator’s secret police. But first Guzmán needs money. Luckily, blackmail has always come easily to him – after all, he knows where the bodies are. And so he should. He buried them. MADRID, … Continue reading SEPTEMBER SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Dead’ by Mark Oldfield

SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: July – The Spanish Civil War 80th Anniversary – Part 2: Fiction

Following on from yesterday’s post –SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: July – The Spanish Civil War 80th Anniversary – Part 1: Non-fiction, here is part two, novels based around the Spanish Civil War. It is a particularly difficult task to pluck suggestions from so many books on offer, so I stuck to just a few of the books I have read, and only ones in English. I included … Continue reading SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: July – The Spanish Civil War 80th Anniversary – Part 2: Fiction

SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Sentinel’ by Mark Oldfield

Madrid 13 January, 1953:  The Spanish Civil War has been over for 13 years, but Franco swore he would never forgive or forget his opponents. And he hasn’t.  At dawn tomorrow, 15 enemies of the state will be rounded up and executed. Shot in the head if they are lucky, garrotted if they aren’t.  Their bodies wont be found for 57 years, tangled bones in … Continue reading SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Sentinel’ by Mark Oldfield