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  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Pallas Athene; 4 edition (22 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873429789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873429785
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 3 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 678,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This admirable book is both heartfelt and informed --The Independent on Sunday

An enjoyable and erudite read that falls between literature and guide book --The Bookseller

Succeeds a tricky task, to portray a region without getting bogged down in historical morass, nor to resort to a gush of people prose --James Daunt, Daunt Books, 10 Favourite Guidebooks

Funny, learned and beautifully written --New Statesman

He is the ideal companion we all dream of but rarely find: patient, lively and endlessly generous with his encyclopaediac cultivated mind --Irish Independant

No other book can compare --Cosmopolitan

One of the best current writers on Spain --Time Out

Jacobs is an engaging, wonderfully informative, and ever-surprising companion --Jan Morris

An estimable companion --The Independent

Jacobs' fluid style is as readable as a novel, and it covers the history and culture of the region better than anyone else... it gives great fuel for the modern Andalucía and breathes real life into the area like no one since Hemingway --Wallpaper

A remarkable guide --The Times

Full of enchantments --The Lady

Best for culture --The Sunday Times

Most comprehensive, accurate and entertaining book --San Francisco Chronicle

It is a joy to discover a writer who knows Spain so intimately and is so clearly at ease with its people --The Oldie

The George Burrow of the High Speed Train Era --ABC Madrid

The best one volume guide to Andalucía --Rough Guide

A beautiful book that gives a true and full sense of the history and culture which the region possesses in abundance, and should be considered a wonderful companion --Latin London

About the Author

Michael Jacobs studied art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art where he gained a doctorate in 1982. He is now Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the Hispanic Department of the University of Glasgow. He is the author of numerous books on art and travel, including Madrid for Pleasure, In the Glow of the Phantom Palace and The Road to Santiago - published by Pallas Athene. His latest book is The Factory of Light, published by John Murray.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tamarindos on 7 Aug 2005
Format: Paperback
If you are really interested in Andalucia, not just to lie on the beaches or take photos of the Alhambra then this book is an absolute must. In the great tradition of travel writing, it is so much more than just a guide book. Jacobs writes with real clarity and passion. If you are planning a trip to Andalucia the investment of a few pounds in this book, will definitely be worth it. If you are not planning a trip, but have an interest in the land of Carmen,Flamenco, bullfighting etc.then it is a must! First class book.
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Good history and geography of the lovely unspoilt part of Spain. Read it before you go and take it with you!
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Airey on 6 Oct 2009
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If you want a guide. don't buy this.

Its a good book, but more of a detailed history/documentary.
Very good if this is what you want.

Virtually no pictures.
Mostly black and white.
Not a guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Best book on Andalucia 18 May 2006
By punstrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although written in a simple style, it's not a "Dummy's Guide to Andalucia". By the same token, although it's incredibly well-researched and intelligently written, it's not some inaccessible high-brow lost-me-on-the-first-page essay.

I grew up in Andalucia, and this book captures the rich history and charm of Spain's southernmost region. Anyone who has spent a substantial amount of time in Andalucia should own a copy of this book!

Travel writing at its best!
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Detailed reference 1 Nov 2012
By Peter B. Retallick - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been to Andalusia once before and wanted a reference book that provided some insider knowledge. Michael Jacobs has been living there for many years and with a background in Art History he gives a uniques insight. So far I've only browsed through the book because I want to make notes abuout the places to visit when my plans for a new trip are more evolved.
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