In this masterly book, now in a revised and updated fifth edition, 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 which - Seville, Granada, Cordoba and Cadiz - are as lovely and as haunting as anywhere in the world.
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Michael Jacobs studied art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art where he gained a doctorate 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, travel, and food; he is now a Knight of the Wooden Spoon and represents Andalucia at international food and wine gatherings. His many books on Spain and Latin America have gained him a reputation as the leading Hispanist of his generation.Review:
Enjoyable and erudite: must be core stock Bookseller The best one volume guide to Andalucia Rough Guide No other book can compare Cosmopolitan One of the best current writers on Spain Time Out Jacobs is an engaging, wonderfully informative and ever-surprising companion Jan Morris Funny, learned and beautifully written New Statesman He is the ideal companion we all dream of but rarely find: patient, lively and endlessly generous with his encyclopaedic, cultivated mind Irish Independent The George Borrow of the High-Speed Train Era ABC Madrid
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