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The Factory of Light: Tales from My Andalucian Village Paperback – 26 Apr 2004

3.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; New Ed edition (26 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719561736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719561733
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A well-constructed narrative which builds to a page-turning climax (Anglo-Spanish Society Quarterly Review)

The Factory of Light is an intelligent, beguiling story, and Michael Jacobs writes with a sly humour and real affection and understanding for his chosen region that eclipses most other writers of the genre. (Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat)

This rusticana a la Espagnola is a heartwarming and informative narrative. It should be read by everyone thinking of buying a house in Spain (Independent)

Humorous, touching and dramatic, Factory of Light is a refreshing alternative to the current wave of 'moving to the Med' travelogues, from a skilled writer with a deep knowledge of and concern for, his subject (Paul Morrison, Wanderlust)

Jacobs is worth reading for his appetite for the wry, the ironic and the grotesque (Anthony Sattin, Sunday Times)

The particular strength of this eloquent, unhurried tale is its depiction of the author's friendship with El Sereno... Theirs is a winning Quixote-Panza double act (Miranda France, Daily Telegraph)

A welcome reminder that close encounters of the Mediterranean kind don't have to be all froth (Sunday Times)

He writes ... with insight, tenderness and wit (Sunday Times)

The descriptions of events and encounters burst with vividness and energy (Oxford Mail)

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Shortlisted for the 2004 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award - the beguiling tale of a screen goddess, a writer and an ageing Romeo who transform the fortunes of a magical village in Andalusia

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