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Spanish nostalgia trip is prize-winner — adopted as school textbook
Ever meet a woman cured of disease by visions of the Virgin, a blind beggar who rides a motor-bike, a phantom who terrorises a whole community? They’re all here in this sharply observed — often humorous, always moving — look at rural Spain.
Among the entities to select the non-fiction book is one of Spain's official language schools. Another is a Malaga secondary school.
"I'm honoured," says author Baird, a veteran British journalist who has had a number of fiction and non-fiction books published.
In Sunny Side Up he documents the drama and the passion that are played out in a typical Andalusia village.
"All human life is here, in all its varieties," says Baird, who with his Dutch wife settled in such a village, seeking “the simple life”. They soon found that things were anything but simple.
While the book may read like fiction, it’s all fact. This is the Spain that Hemingway never saw and never wrote about.
This is the tale — hilarious at times — of a rural community as its shifts from a medieval way of life into the computer age. You’ll find passion but also pathos in this sharply observed dissection of local ways, including a wicked glance at expatriate eccentricities.
“Baird’s ironic glance back over the past 30 years is recommended reading for anybody who has ever wondered what happened to ‘the real Spain’,” according to the Sunday Times, of London.
Baird’s other books include Between Two Fires, a highly acclaimed account of a largely unreported guerrilla war in Spain in the 1940s, as well as travel books and two works of fiction (Don’t Miss The Fiesta! and Typhoon Season).
Sunny Side Up, distributed by Maroma Press (http:maromapress.wordpress.com)
A German edition, Leben im Pueblo, is available from the publisher, Verlag Winfried Jenior, of Kassel, Germany.