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Andalucia Guide, The
Michael Jacobs

published 2013 • 6" x 8" • 463 pages • color and b&w illustrations, maps
ISBN 9781566569514 • paperback • $25.00

“The best one volume guide to Andalucia.”
—Rough Guide

“No other book can compare…”

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In this masterly book, Michael Jacobs looks with fresh eyes at all the traditional delights of Andalucia while doing full justice to the lesser-known aspects of the region. He examines the underrated local food and drink, the extraordinarily varied natural scenery, the composers and writers who created the romantic myths and legends of the nineteenth century, the strange legacy of Lorca and the Spanish Civil War.

Andalucia's Moorish remains, its outstanding prehistoric and classical heritage and its exuberant Renaissance and Baroque monuments make it one of the richest regions of Europe for the visitor. Nearly a hundred Andalucian villages and towns are described in the gazetteer, some of whichSeville, Granada, Cordoba and Cadizare as lovely and as haunting as anywhere in the world.

Michael Jacobs studied art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he gained a PhD in 1982. He is now Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the Hispanic Department of the University of Glasgow. He is the author of numerous books on art and travel, including Alhambra, Madrid for Pleasure, In the Glow of the Phantom Palace, The Road to Santiago and The Factory of Light: Tales from My Andalucian Village. He has also translated a number of Spanish and Latin American plays. He is a member of the Andalucian Academy of Gastronomy and in 2002 was made the first foreign knight of “The Very Noble and Illustrious Order of the Wooden Spoon.” When not in Spain, he lives in London.

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“Enjoyable and erudite….”
—The Bookseller

“One of the best current writers on Spain.”
—Time Out

“Jacobs is an engaging, wonderfully informative and ever surprising companion.”
—Jan Morris

“It is a joy to discover a writer who knows Spain so intimately and is so clearly at ease with its people.”
—The Oldie

“Funny, learned and beautifully written.”
—New Statesman

“Extremely penetrating…”

“He is the ideal companion we all dream of but rarely find: patient, lively and endlessly generous with his encyclopedic, cultivated mind.”
—Irish Independent 

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