A Stranger in Spain


Morton, H. V.

29/06/2006 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9780413522009

About A Stranger in Spain

 A travel book which manages to be completely originalSunday Times

A handsome re-issue of a travel classic.

With his trademark wit and inquisitive eye, H. V. Morton travels through a Spain unspoilt by tourism, revealing a country where the past is very much alive.

Interspersed with episodes from Spain's rich history, A Stranger in Spain is a journey of discovery that should appeal to those with a sense of adventure.

Morton’s classic travel book on Spain:  delightful travel guide and a brilliant introduction to Spanish history and culture.

‘The stranger who wishes to approach Spain with sympathy and appreciation,’ H. V. Morton wrote, ‘must do so through its history.’ Thus, as he takes us on a leisurely tour through a country where the past is very much live, he reveals a rich tapestry of events, related with his inimitable humour, charm and sincerity.

The Spain of the Christian kings and the caliphs of Córdoba, of Philip II and the tragic Hapsburgs, the Spain of Columbus, of St Teresa, of Cortés and Pizarro, Velázquez and Goya, is the thread on which his narrative is strung.

Vivid, varied and enchanting, A Stranger in Spain reflects the pleasures and surprises of travel at its best and will be enjoyed by all who know the country or intend to visit it, or simply prefer to travel at home.


H. V. Morton


H. V. Morton (1892–1979) was one of the most popular travel writers of his time. After a brief period of military service he established a career as a journalist and became a reporter for both The Daily Express and The Daily Herald. H. V. Morton’s debut as an author came in 1927 with In Search of England, a book that became a best seller. His genial writing style endeared him to the countless readers of the books he wrote about his travels around the British Isles, Spain, Italy and the Middle East between 1927 and 1950. In 1941 H. V. Morton accompanied the delegation which travelled to Newfoundland for the meeting between President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill which established the Allied policy for post Second World War Europe, known as the Atlantic Charter. Morton was famously present at the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb by archaeologist Howard Carter and his team in 1922. After the Second World War, H. V. Morton emigrated to South Africa where he lived until his death in 1979.


‘The much-loved master of his genre, often imitated but never matched. His books are genuine classics.’

Jan Morris


‘...a travel book which manages to be completely original, and to avoid going over the beaten track...I shall certainly read it again...’

The Sunday Times

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