Winter in Madrid – C.J. Sansom

Erenst Hemingway

Excellent mystery story full of intrigue and atmosphere (and even a touch of slushy romance). Set in the gritty days of Madrid’s post civil war era, this is a great book by a writer who is obviously very painstaking about research. I particularly enjoyed it because the story takes place largely around the web of streets in which I lived for 6 years in central Madrid. This book ought to become a classic piece of literature for any lover of Spain. I hesitate to mention this writer in the same sentence as Hemingway and Orwell but… Oh damn, I just did.

This book was a lucky find in a street stall in Khao San Road, Bangkok. I read it through Koh Chang, Delhi and Kashmir (no reflection on the book…I was BUSY ok?!). Left at ‘Appolloo Eleven Houseboat’ on Lake Dal, Srinagar. May it continue to travel in good health.


Kitbaggers book project – travel literature on speed.

Have you ever handled a classic paperback and wondered where it’s been and whose hands it passed through? Do you love the well-handled look of a book that’s obviously seen decades of serious mileage through places you might only have imagined?

This project was conceived long ago through a conversation (in San Jose, Costa Rica) between a group of friends who’d wondered about these same things and thought it would be interesting to try to trace the history of just a few random books that we read on the road.

More than just a review – this is also the story of a single adventurous copy that’s probably still out there touring the world somewhere. Let us know if you find it.

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