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Living and Working in Spain: A Survival Handbook (Living and Working) [Paperback]

David Hampshire
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20 Jan 2009 Living and Working
Living and Working in Spain is essential reading for anyone planning to live or work in Spain and is the most up-to-date source of practical information available about everyday life. It's guaranteed to hasten your introduction to the Spanish way of life, and, most importantly, will save you time trouble and money. The best-selling and most comprehensive book about Living and Working in Spain since it was first published in 1995, containing up to twice as much information as similar books. Now completely redesigned and printed in full colour. David Hampshire was born in England and after serving in the Royal Air Force, was employed for many years in the computer industry before taking up writing full-time in the '80s. His work has taken him around the world and he has lived and worked in many countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Panama, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. David is an authority on living, working and buying property abroad, and is the author, co-author or editor of some 20 titles, including Buying a Home in Spain.

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Survival Books; 8th edition (20 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905303653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905303656
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A much clearer, sympathetic read than your average guidebook, it provides an all important reality check! --A Place in the Sun

For a smooth move to Spain, this is the vital weapon with which to arm yourself. --Everything Spain Magazine

Get hold of David Hampshire's book for its sheer knowledge, straightforwardness and insights to the Spanish character and do yourself a favour!
--Living Spain Magazine

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4.0 out of 5 stars Just one sentence may make all the difference 7 April 2010
Firstly, beware reviews praising older editions. This book is the Jan 2009 edition. The others are all for an edition published 10 years ago [before the Eurozone!]. They are totally irrelevant and since I complained to Amazon about this, I see they have deleted them from reviews of this edition..

I have the earlier edition. It should have gone out in the paper recycling box years ago. Legislators continue to legislate, Eurobureacrats contine to hand down directives on every jot and tittle of our lives, local government comes up with new stunts to suit the mood of the incumbent town-hall mafia.

Having said that, I found Hampshire's previous book to be useful. If this book is as comprehensive and well researched it will have nuggets of info that are valid and valuable, even though one must remember that he will have sent in the manuscript around mid-'08. Important things will have changed. For example, last year the public health rules that apply to ex-pats, particularly the retired, changed radically. Whatever Hampshire says in his book about the public health set-up, is now useless.

The main thing to remember is that books like this cannot tell you everything. There will be whole chapters that are useful - at very least interesting - and there may be one sentence that is gold-plated, saving you pots of money and/or very difficult times.

Useful and worth the price as this book will certainly be, it should be regarded as a primer for those contemplating a move. The real gold is to be had on ex-pat forums, where real life is constantly discussed, in real time, by those living it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK - A MUST HAVE! 25 Feb 2014
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I have only just leafed through the book so far but lots of useful information. Just what you need if thinking of moving to Spain. needed!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what we need! 12 Dec 2013
By jolaw
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Bought this book for some help and guidance for our move to Spain. Have had a house in Spain for a number of years, but we are hoping to move there permanently in the next couple of years. This book explains what you can expect when you move, together with lots of information on legal requirements etc. on moving to this country. I am sure that this book will prove very helpful in the next few years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars useful! 6 April 2013
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i bought this as a gift for a mate who was moving to spain. He found the info up-to-date and worth knowing. Brownie points for me!
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3.0 out of 5 stars good book 5 Oct 2010
good book with a lot of information. also a lot of tables/ charts for fast information. if you are planning to move to Spain i would recommend reading this book.
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