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This is not a book about trains but about the variety of Spain. The bestselling author Christopher Howse makes ten great railway journeys that explore the interior of the peninsula, its astonishing landscapes and ancient buildings. The focus is the way the Spanish live now: their habits, streets, characters, stories - and quite a bit about their eating and drinking.Christopher Howse has been travelling around Spain for 25 years, and has now made a 3,000 mile circumnavigation by train from the top of the Pyrenees - through the vulture-haunted wilds of Extremadura and the Spaghetti Western deserts of the south, to the ancient hilltop city of Cuenca and beyond. On the way he meets troglodytes, visits a city ruined by an earthquake, runs into a dancing lion, stumbles across a body-snatching plot and tries out a recipe for acorn pie. An entertaining exploration of a much-loved country, The Train in Spain gives a fascinating and entirely original portrait of a strange land at a time of great change.
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1. Canfranc to Montserrat (via Jaca and Zaragoza) 2. Barcelona to Betanzos (via Tudela, Sahagun and Monforte) 3. Zamora to Zafra (via Caceres) 4. Merida to Cabeza del Buey (via Medellin) 5. Seville to Granada (via Osuna) 6. Guadix to Chinchilla (via Lorca and Murcia) 7. Cuenca to Valencia 8. Tortosa to Medinaceli (via Tarragona and Calatayud) 9. Bilbao to Leon (via Cervera) 10. Burgos to Madrid (via Aranda)

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The variety of Spain in ten great railway journeys exploring the extremities and interior of the peninsula and the way the Spanish live now

About the Author

Christopher Howse is an assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph and a regular contributor to The Spectator and The Tablet. Among his bestselling books are Sacred Mysteries (2007) and A Pilgrim in Spain (2011).

Reviews

On his 3,000 mile trip around Spain, [Christopher Howse] is less benevolent than Michael Palin and, much more interestingly, a blend of two great travel writers, the magisterial literary flaneur Norman Douglas and the romantically nostalgic Norman Lewis -- Iain Finlayson * The Times * Christopher Howse has a good eye for detail... [and] a wealth of historical, etymological (every place name is explained) and statistical information at his fingertips... This book is an interesting read for anyone who loves Spain. -- Fiona Pitt-Kethley * The Oldie * This is a book by a man who both understands and loves Spain, the way time expands there, so that, as Gerald Brenan once said, an hour in Spain can seem like a week in another country. It is worth buying alone for the descriptions of hearty traditional dishes, more valuable than all the arcane inventions of Ferran Adria...This is a small classic, worth its place on the shelf alongside the works of the other great eccentric British hispanophiles, Richard Ford, George Borrow and Gerald Brenan. -- Harry Eyres * The Spectator * His description of scenes Spanish will often have his readers smiling, and sometimes laughing aloud. His book is essential reading for those following him to those parts, whether they risk doing so by train or not. -- Peter Linehan * The Tablet * Christopher Howse, in his offbeat book The Train in Spain, prefers slow trains, and particularly those that meander along single tracks in obscure parts of the country. -- William Chislett * Times Literary Supplement * We come to love his quiet and self-effacing personal honesty, the unhurried pace, the acutely observant eye, the dry non-judgmental humour and the opening up of obscure alleyways of knowledge -- Barnaby Rogerson * Daily Telegraph * His has been an illuminating odyssey through a country he obviously loves. He rekindles the desire to visit Spain and provides a charmingly erudite companion for the journey. -- Simon Scott Plummer * Standpoint *

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