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An Englishman in Madrid (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
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Anthony Whitelands, an English art historian, is invited to Madrid to value the collection of a Spanish duke. At a welcome lunch he encounters Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder and leader of the Falange, a nationalist party whose antics are bringing the country ever closer to civil war. The paintings turn out to be worthless, but before Whitelands can leave for London the duke's daughter Paquita reveals a secret and genuine treasure, held for years in the cellars of her ancestral home. Afraid that the duke will cash in his wealth to finance the Falange, the Spanish authorities resolve to keep a close eye on the Englishman, who is also being watched by his own embassy. As Whitelands - ever the fool for a pretty face - vies with Primo de Rivera for Paquita's affections, he learns of a final interested party: Madrid is crawling with Soviet spies, and Moscow will stop at nothing to secure the hidden prize.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781782068372
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 197 x 134 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'A funny, gripping and perfectly balanced blend of P G Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene' Christian House, Independent on Sunday. * Independent on Sunday *
'A highly enjoyable read [that] elegantly evokes the eccentricities of Spain's capital city' Miles Johnson, Spectator. * Spectator *
'This Englishman's excursion takes us to the very heart of Spain' Michael Kerrigan, T.L.S. * TLS *

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“Mixed Feelings”

I was sent this book to read and review by Waterstones and was initially quite excited to read it as it had been awarded the Planeta Prize and was not a book I would have chosen to read without being sent it- and it’s... More

Paperback edition
22nd July 2014
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“Slow and overly political”

I had high hopes for this book as I was expecting something similar to Victoria Hislop's The Return. Unfortunately this was book very slow and seemed to have a much more political emphasis. I don't know that... More

Paperback edition
23rd July 2014
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“A Hunt for a Lost Velazquez? or a long, hard slog”

One cannot always judge a book by what one might read on the cover -and this book's cover promised me much that was not fulfilled.
So it won the Planeta Prize. First place in this is always now awarded to that... More

Hardback edition
24th June 2014
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