"There's more to understanding people than language. Speak the Culture: Spain
is a guide to those who may be visiting the land of Spain in the future. A guide to understanding the Spanish people, their culture, and how to avoid cultural misunderstandings, as well as what to expect, the contents within are as vital as a fluent grasp of the Spanish language. Also serving as a book of history, Speak the Culture: Spain
is highly recommended to armchair and onsite world travelers alike."
"Essential addition to any Spain fan's library. To get to grips with Spain and the Spanish, you have to get to grips with the culture argues a fabulous new book."
"When I'm off sunning my self in Espana I always make sure I look and feel the part. Hey, I may not speak the language but thanks to Thorogood's Speak the Culture I feel just as Spanish as the next person.
Rather then just concentrating on useless phrases to disappoint your waiter with, this book focuses on the history and lifestyle of the country, while also looking at their architecture, food and literature. So rather then going to a gorgeous country and spending all day cemented to the beach go there with a little knowledge and embrace it."
"The second in a series of books (the first was on France) that promises to unravel the DNA of a nation. It's like a breezier, brighter version of one of those Contexts sections in the back of a Rough Guide, a tapas menu with bite-sized chunks on everything from history to film."
"Whether you own a second property in Spain or visit as a tourist, you can get much more out of your experience by exploring what makes the Spanish tick."
"Captures the true spirit of Spain."
Andrew Whittaker has travelled widely and written extensively on France and the Mediterranean countries.