The Bottom Line
- Excellent account of recent Spanish history
- Lively style - book is written by a journalist rather than a historian
- Varied content - from the Spanish Civil War to the rise of the bikini!
- Perhaps gallops through a few too many topics for a single book
- Ghosts of Spain by Giles Tremlett
- "Travels Through Spain And Its Silent Past"
- Published by Walker & Company, 2007.
Guide Review - Ghosts of Spain by Giles Tremlett
I disagreed with some of Tremlett's social commentary, but I smiled at other parts - Tremlett knows Spain very well and recounts his experiences in the country with great enthusiasm.
The book begins with three chapters on the Civil War and its effects on modern-day Spain. Then the pace suddenly changes with an analysis of 'How the Bikini Saved Spain'. If you're expecting a book just on the Spanish Civil War, you'll be disappointed, but Ghosts of Spain is actually a better book by delving into some interesting elements of Spain that are rarely addressed elsewhere and certainly not in a single book. At times, Tremlett attempts to cover a little too much and spreads himself a little too thinly - the chapter on flamenco, for one, could have been a book on its own. However, there are already numerous books on flamenco - there is no other book quite like this one.