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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. As you might imagine, this is very much ‘up my street’, Olga. I have his other book on my wish list still, and this one is going on it too.
    I hope all is well with you and your mum over there.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I did think of you as I read this book, as I remembered we’d talked about these topics in the past, and you had shown an interest in his previous book as well. I hope you are well. My Mum has had two doses of the vaccine. Not my turn yet, but we’re OK so far. Things going very slowly, even the weather seems a bit slowed down, but won’t complain. It looks brighter. Take care.

  2. This is not my normal reading genre, but you make Exhuming Franco sound so interesting. It’s tempting!

    1. Thanks, Priscilla. I’ve been reading and doing a bit of research on historical memory (both, for family reasons and out of personal interest), and the author is an authority on the topic, with the added bonus that not being Spanish gives him an analytical distance (not necessarily neutrality) and that helps when embarking on a project such as this, where views are very polarized. I do prefer fiction, in general, but there are some non-fiction books that I cannot pass on. I hope all is well with you and all your projects are rolling on. Stay safe!

  3. Thank you very much, very interesting. I am interested in history, and read The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
    by Antony Beevor . This sounds fascinating.

    1. Thanks, Eva. I’ve heard a lot about that book, and it is a topic close to my heart, so I’ll make sure to check it out as well. Although this looks into a much more recent period of Spanish history, it is true that the shadow cast by the Civil War is very long. Stay safe and have a great week!

  4. This sounds really interesting, Olga.

    1. Thanks, Mary. It is. And written in a very reader-friendly format, rather than heavily academic. I hope you’re feeling a bit better today. Remember to take it slowly, dear Mary and have a good week.

  5. When it’s well presented (as this book seems to be) nonfiction can be positively gripping. Thanks for this review, Olga. You’ve made the book sound very interesting. Best to Sebastiaan. Hugs on the wing!

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Yes, this is a book any interested reader will be gripped by, I’m sure. There’s also plenty of information for people who want to dig into the topic, but it is not necessary to be an expert to understand and learn from it. Have a lovely week and stay safe, Teagan.

  6. This sounds extremely interesting, Olga. Another great review. Toni x

    1. Thanks, Toni. It is a good book for anybody interested in the topic. All the best with all your projects and stay safe.

  7. This sounds fascinating, Olga. I’ve been reading up on WW1 which caused so much change in European politics. The issues with democracy in Spain are mirrored here.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. There’s a lot of talk about memory, history, and the way the country dealt with the dictatorship. I know you love history, and you done plenty of research on the history in different countries, so I think you’d find it interesting. Keep well. 🙂

  8. This sounds like a fascinating book, Olga, and one I would enjoy. The issues affecting democracy in Spain are the same issues we face here.

  9. dgkaye says:

    This sounds fascinating Olga xx

    1. Thanks, Debby. I know you enjoy non-fiction, particularly in-depth analysis of important issues, so I think you’d find it as interesting as I did. Thinking of you and wishing you the best. ♥

      1. dgkaye says:

        You know me! <3

        1. I know we both enjoy a bit of an intellectual challenge when we have a bit of headspace for it. Big hugs!

          1. dgkaye says:

            True dat! <3

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