One of the original illustrations for the book by John Tenniel depicting the Tea Party.  ARCHIVE

Alice in Wonderland still going strong after 150 years

The book that gave us one of the West's foremost cultural icons celebrates a century and a half of entertaining generations of children and inspiring works of literature, theatre, art and film


Colm Tóibín: sober, intense master Flight to Catalonia

A worthy start to this series, The South tells the story of Katharine, who in 1950 flees her husband and son in Enniscorthy and comes to live in Barcelona. Tóibín explains Katharine's emotional journey over 30 years

Carlos Nadal 1917-1998. Works on paper:

A wild beast filled with colour

This sumptuous large-format book of some 300 colour and black-and-white paintings, drawings and photos tells the story of Carles Nadal's life and his colourful and happy art

.Journalist and photographer, David Baird lives in the south of Spain
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A people caught between two fires

The Civil War book Between Two Fires by David Baird is exactly the kind of thing you would hope to find when you are aimlessly looking through the shelves in a bookshop

Hostalric. At the end of the XVIII century women crossing the Tordera river.  ARCHIVE

A rude welcome

Expecting better luck, an aristocrat and her family experience an eventful welcome to Catalonia

Life Embitters

The fleeting pulse of reality

Pla called Life Embitters 'narrative literature', a book combining a youth's passion to understand the world and a revised mature take on the follies of human behaviour

British writer Joanna Trollope.  ARCHIVE
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The Balancing Act of the English family

Joanna Trollope, a former chair of the UK's Orange Prize for books, has recently made the mainstream news with her comments criticising UK literary festivals for their commercialism.

 Homage to Catalonia
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Orwell and journalism Homage to Orwell

June 8 is the CCCB and Pen Català's third edition of Orwell Day

Flocks of sheep pasturing are a common sight in Ibiza  ARCHIVE

Ibizan festive fare

An antipodean writer joins in with the festivities of the ancient tradition of the pig slaughter and sausage making

David Izquierdo, in front of the Liceu opera house, one of the book's protagonists.  ALBERT SALAMÉ

Unknown Barcelona

The book Curioses històries de Barcelona invites readers to learn more about the city's mysterious side, explaining events and legends from Barcelona's 2,000-year history