• "Alert to nuance, resistant to over-simplification…. Intriguing and passionately argued … in the Gerald Brenan tradition"

    El País
  • "This is the most comprehensive, most perceptive book on Spain that I have read for a long time. I'm full of admiration for the scale of Treglown’s undertaking, for its fine balance between storytelling and reflection and its subtle and deep political and aesthetic judgments, which touch on practically everything that irritates or pains me most about my country. Normally these matters are presented abroad with exasperating stereotypes and, at home, with intolerable factionalism. Spain, so obsessed with memory, is extraordinarily forgetful. This is a book that must be read, in Spain and abroad, by anyone who wants to understand the country’s history, her present and future"

    Antonio Munoz Molina
  • "In a book ranging elegantly between travel writing, history, literary criticism and investigative journalism, Treglown unpicks the puzzle of Spain"

    Giles Foden, Condé Nast Traveller
  • "Evocative and melancholy"

    Sunday Business Post
  • "Treglown's interplay of history with personal narratives is skilful and incisive"

    Mercedes Camino, Times Higher Education