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A Castle in Spain Paperback – 4 May 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (4 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141019433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141019437
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,008,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matthew Parris was born in Africa in 1949 and grew up in Cyprus, Rhodesia, Jamaica and Britain. He worked for the Foreign Office and Margaret Thatcher before becoming an MP in 1979. For seven years a Conservative MP, he quit to present LWT's Weekend World, after which he became the regular parliamentary sketchwriter for The Times for 13 years. His books include his autobiography Chance Witness, Read My Lips, Scorn with Added Vitriol, and Inca-Kola, about his travels in Peru. He is a regular travel writer, reviewer, broadcaster and columnist and divides his time between London, Derbyshire and Spain.


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A lot more than an account of how an spectacularly-situated, isolated mansion in Catalonia was rescued from dereliction. Parris uses that enormous project as the centrepiece for a heart-felt tribute to an unfamiliar Spanish locale. His style is highly visual and his family's local knowledge extraordinary. Thus the book avoids, by a distance, the trappings of the eccentric-Brit.-bloody-foreigner narrative.

The financing of this enormous restoration project is rather mysterious, and a ground plan of the mansion would help. But there's an overwelming sense of rediscovered dignity in a special place.
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Fabulous book written by Matthew Parris, describing his obsession and passion for this beautiful house l'Avenc. After reading this and on my last visit to Spain in October 2011 I had to see this place for myself and my friend and I drove from Girona into the Collsacabra hills north of Barcelona. What an amazing place and I can see why he and his family had the obsession to restore l'Avenc to its former glory, the views are out of this world. Well done!
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Unlike other reviewers, I was not looking for a guide to restoring houses (in Spain or anywhere), but was interested in Matthew Paris' view on an area he knows well and where he has family connections. My main reason for buying was having enjoyed Parris' other writings but this book has sparked my curiosity about an area I knew nothing about, and have avoided as being too close to the most "touristy" parts of Spain. I have had my error pointed out, and now intend to correct it by visiting as soon as possible
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I enjoyed the book immensely, and wanted to buy some copies for my Catalan friends as gifts. ( I have lived in Catalunya for the past 11 years. I thought that it would be nice to also include the audio book (read by the author himself) so they could read it and listen at the same time. Luckily I decided to listen to it myself first - otherwise they may well have lynched me! The pronunciation of Catalan place names was appalling and REALLY got on my nerves. Montseny became Montseni, Vic - Beak on so on. If you have never been to Catalunya and don't plan on ever going there, this small lapse of preparation won't matter a jot, listen on and enjoy the audiobook. However if you have been there, or plan on visiting it - stick with the book - because it's brilliant!
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This was an interesting read about doing up this ancient house, however, I would have liked more photos and descriptions of how the work was done. There are a few black and white photos but it is not really a book about how to do it.
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