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The Train in Spain
The Train in Spain
by Christopher Howse
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 11 Nov 2013
This review is from: The Train in Spain (Hardcover)
This is the Telegraph writer Christopher Howse's second book on Spain and if anything it is even better than the last one (A Pilgrim in Spain). It is simply structured in 10 chapters each describing a train journey (with the occasional bus, where a line has been closed) and the stops on the way - Zamora to Zafra, Cuenca to Valencia, Guadix to Chinchilla, and so on. Not the usual tourist routes. As Howse says, it is a book about Spain, not about trains - about its language, food, landscapes, trees, art, religion, history and people. There's a lot about food, actually, and even some recipes ("first, collect your acorns..."). The author stays discreetly in the background - humane and gently ironic - but he makes you see. The section on Spanish ways of being drunk is superb. All in all, a great pleasure.


The Fix
The Fix
by Damian Thompson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.77

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read book about addiction, 24 May 2012
This review is from: The Fix (Hardcover)
At last, a book about addiction with real insight, where you get the sense that the author knows what he's talking about. Thompson argues that compulsive behaviours are creeping into every area of our lives, to damaging effect. His analyis is compelling, and he writes with tremendous wit and verve. Anyone who is interested in what's happening in society today ought to read this.


A Pilgrim in Spain
A Pilgrim in Spain
by Christopher Howse
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.67

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific read that's destined to become a classic, 23 Jun 2011
This review is from: A Pilgrim in Spain (Hardcover)
Try this book - it's unusual and brilliant. Howse, a solitary traveller who observes everything, builds a powerful sense of place with precise and detailed description. He's very good on churches and architecture, which you might expect, but he writes about anything that he finds interesting - it might be an old woman's monologue overheard in a town square, or the different smells in a Spanish bar. Always it is done with great economy of means and there's no straining for effect. You get drawn in and you just want to continue on the road with him. "In Spanish," he says, "dolor means both pain and sorrow, and is one of the undoubted touchstones of human life." There is pathos in this book, too, because the author is sensitive to the way the Spain he loves is changing. All in all, A Pilgrim in Spain is a terrific read - and bound to become a classic.


Counterknowledge: How We Surrendered to Conspiracy Theories, Quack Medicine, Bogus Science and Fake History
Counterknowledge: How We Surrendered to Conspiracy Theories, Quack Medicine, Bogus Science and Fake History
by Damian Thompson
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistible, opinionated assault on dishonesty, 2 July 2008
Thompson seems genuinely angry at the dishonesty he encounters among those who would prey on our gullible natures. And there's also a sort of impish glee in the way he demolishes sloppy thinking. Thompson is a very funny writer and he's completely in command of his material. It's a mixture - decisive, pellucid argument, humour and savage indignation - that makes Counterknowledge a delight to read. I honestly think it should be a bestseller.


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