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Top Ten: Great books about Spain

For World Book Day, The Local has put together a list of some of the very best books ever written 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

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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Eight Iraqis saved from refrigerated truck in Spain

Eight Iraqis, including four children, were found crammed inside a refrigerated truck in a service area in eastern Spain, police said on Saturday, adding that they had been trying to reach Britain.

Eight Iraqis saved from refrigerated truck in Spain
The Iraqis had been trying to reach Britain. Photo: Robert Atanasovski/AFP

The four adults and four children, aged two, five, eight, and 10, were all in good health, Spanish police told AFP on Saturday.

“After we received an anonymous call, yesterday (Friday), agents from the Spanish police opened the back of a refrigerated truck in a lay-by on the A23 motorway and found eight Iraqis inside, all in perfect health,” police said.

None of the migrants carried identification, but police said they were able to determine that all were Iraqi nationals.

The occupants included one family of two adults and three children, another family of a woman with a two-year-old daughter, and a man travelling alone.

It wasn't immediately clear how long they had spent inside the truck, but police said they were on their way to Britain when their truck was intercepted in the eastern province of Teruel.

“We do not know yet how these Iraqi families came to be in Spain,” police said.

The driver, a 37-year-old Romanian national, was arrested on charges of human trafficking.

According to Spanish media reports, a family coming from Iraq was found in a refrigerated truck on the same motorway and in the same province last month.

On August 27th, the decomposing bodies of 71 people were found inside a truck at the side of an Austrian motorway in a discovery which sparked a horrified response across Europe as it struggles with its worst migration crisis since World War II.

Investigations revealed that the migrants – mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan – had been picked up at Hungary's border with Serbia and transported to Austria via Budapest.