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Top Ten: Great books about Spain

Top Ten: Great books about Spain
There is a huge amount of literature on Spain to help you to better understand the country and its people. File Photo: El coleccionista de instantes/Flickr
For World Book Day, The Local has put together a list of some of the very best books ever written about Spain.

To put together our latest Local List, we asked bookshop owners around the country to give us the names of the best books about Spain.

We deliberately steered clear of some of the most obvious choices. There is no Hemingway on the list, and we haven't included Cervantes either.

But the recommendations we received do include plenty of other classics.

Click here to see our list of ten great books about Spain.

Here you'll find everything from an account of life in the mysterious Alpujarras region of Andalusia in the 1920s to a collection of essays about the future of Catalonia.

There are novels, works of history and travel books as well.

What all of these books have in common, though, is that they shed light on the delightful puzzle that is modern Spain.

Happy reading.

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