February Book Review. “From Barcelona” – Jeremy Holland
The vast majority of books that I have read recently with a Spanish theme, have been non-fiction. Stories about moving to Spain, Living in Spain, loving Spain… the list goes on. So I really enjoyed reading “From Barcelona – Jeremy Holland” recently.
It is a collection of short stories all based in Barcelona. I didn’t like all of the stories (hey I’m a woman – can’t be happy all the time), but the vast majority had me chompng at the bit for more… and I truly hope that Jeremy takes one or two of them and turns them into full length novels. “CSI Barcelona” for example, I really enjoyed… and I’d love to read more of that ilk.
Jeremy is quite the romantic too, with that theme being very apparent in a number of his stories. But my absolute favourite had to be his twist on the Nativity story – look out for that one!
I have to say that it painted a different picture of Barcelona than I was expecting. Forget supping coffee in the sunshine, Jeremy successfully evokes images of a darker Barcelona – one rich with personality and more than a touch of darkness. Does it make me want to visit Barcelona more than I previously did? I’m not sure; but one thing is for certain… this is one book I could read time and time again – highly recommended.
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by Elle Draper
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Gandy-Draper. Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, their three bouncing dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.