Embrace the heritage and culture of Spain during your next break with these six reads

From the architecture of Andalusia in the south to the cuisine of Basque Country in the north, Spain is a sun-soaked metropolis of thriving culture. Whilst you’re exploring the country’s regions and cities, make sure you’ve got the perfect book to read and encapsulate the very best of Spain through the words of award-winning authors.

For your next break to the Iberian Peninsula, take one of these recommended reads from Waterstones as your literary companion.

Winter in Madrid

C.J. Sansom

Waterstones says: “1940: The Spanish Civil War is over, and Madrid lies ruined, its people starving, while the Germans continue their relentless march through Europe. In a vivid and haunting depiction of wartime Spain, Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom is an intimate and compelling tale which offers a remarkable sense of history unfolding, and the profound impact of impossible choices.”

The Invisible Guardian

Dolores Redondo

Waterstones says: “A killer at large in a remote Basque Country valley, a detective to rival Clarice Starling, myth versus reality, masterful storytelling: meet the Spanish bestseller that has taken Europe by storm. The naked body of a teenage girl is found on the banks of the River Baztan. Is this the work of a ritualistic killer or of the Invisible Guardian, the Basajaun, a creature of Basque?”

The Lemon Grove

Helen Walsh

Waterstones says: “Sun. Desire. Obsession. An explosive, intelligent novel from the prize-winning author of Brass. A tense, sensuous story of a marriage ripped apart by desire and obsession, set in the Mallorcan summer holiday resort of Deia.”

Imperial Spain 1469-1716

J.H. Elliot

Waterstones says: “The story of Spain’s rise to greatness from its humble beginnings as one of the poorest and most marginal of European countries is a remarkable and dramatic one. Historian J.H. Elliott chronicles how with the marriage of Ferdinand & Isabella and the discovery of America, Spain took on a seemingly unstoppable dynamism that made it into the world’s first global power.


David Boling

Waterstones says: “An extraordinary epic of love, family, and war set in the Basque town of Guernica before, during, and after its destruction by the German Luftwaffe during the Spanish Civil War. Rich in the history of the region, the Red Baron, the Luftwaffe and even Picasso make appearances in Guernica as the fate of one family is traced through the early decades of the twentieth century.”

Homage to Catalonia

George Orwell

Waterstones says: “Following his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, the author brings to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic episode: the revolutionary euphoria of Barcelona, the courage of ordinary Spanish men and more.”

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

Waterstones says: Santiago, a young shepherd living in the hills of Andalucia, feels that there is more to life than his humble home and his flock. One day he finds the courage to follow his dreams into distant lands, each step galvanised by the knowledge that he is following the right path: his own. The people he meets along the way, the things he sees and the wisdom he learns are life-changing.