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A beautifully jacketed reissue of the bestselling travel memoir about life off-the-tourist-track in Spain.

Tired of his life as a globe-trotting journalist, and desperate to finish his latest novel, writer Derek Lambert decides to settle with his new wife and young son in a mouldering casita nestled among citrus groves inland of the Costa Blanca.
As he sets about restoring his house and learning to live the ordinary life of a Spanish villager, Lambert introduces us to a Spain far removed from the tourist traps and thumping discos of the Costas, and soon discovers that adapting to this new life is not as easy as he imagined. He employs a roofer who's afraid of heights, a plumber confounded by a blocked pipe and bumbles through Spanish lessons with a mocking classmate who challenges him to a public arm-wresting contest. Then just when it seems that nothing more could go wrong, the Lamberts face Spain's first snowstorm in many years.
Written in the jaunty, anecdotal style of Peter Mayle and Bill Bryson, this is a warm, affectionate and often hilarious portrait of life as a foreigner in rural Spain.

Reviews

An entertaining read in the vein of Mayle or Bryson... truly gripping

The Times

A great insight into his first year on the Costa Blanca and the traumas that crop up

The Mirror

The comic, anecdotal style of Peter Mayle with the shrewd observation of Bill Bryson...just the thing to take on holiday

The Lady

Delightful

Mail on Sunday

At last a cracking good book by a foreigner who went native in Spain! There are a million homes owned by foreigners in Spain and Spanish Lessons should be in every one

Lookout

A humorous evocation of Spanish lifestyle in which Lambert experiences the rewards and frustrations of being a stranger in a foreign land

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  • Spanish Lessons
    Derek Lambert

    Paperback

    9780091912505

    July 15, 2006

    Ebury Press

    288 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781407061658

    July 1, 2010

    Ebury Digital

    288 pages

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