About the author

David Baird is an experienced foreign correspondent, editor and photographer. After working on newspapers and magazines around the world — from London and Ottawa to Sydney and Hong Kong — he now makes his home in southern Spain.
His books have been published in English, Spanish and German. They include Between Two Fires,  a critically acclaimed investigation of recent Spanish history, novels such as Typhoon Season and Don’t Miss The Fiesta!,  and a number of travel books. He has twice won Spain’s national travel-writing prize for foreign writers and journalists.
Before basing himself in Spain, he worked on such publications as The Times of London, the Daily Express, the Ottawa Citizen and the Far Eastern Economic Review.
His reports on Spain, Portugal and North Africa have appeared in many publications, including The Economist, Daily Telegraph, International Herald Tribune, Maclean’s Magazine (Toronto), Boston Globe, Sydney Morning Herald and South China Morning Post.
His books include:
East of Malaga – Essential guide to the Axarquía and Costa Tropical
Between Two Fires – Guerrilla war in the Spanish sierras
Sunny Side Up – the 21st century hits a Spanish village
Don’t Miss the Fiesta!
Typhoon Season
Inside Andalusia
Versatile Guide to Spain
Back Roads of Southern Spain
The Incredible Gulf
(travel in the Australian Outback)

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18 Responses to About the author

  1. edward says:

    Now you’re getting somewhere! Perhaps a litle more about your research, the remote places on goat tracks, the ancient gnarled men (e owen EXCEPTED), the secrets hidden for generations…

  2. bill yim says:

    I met David Baird in Hong kong when he was a reporter with the South China Morning Post almost 30 years ago.
    Not only he is a prolific writer, he is also a gentleman with a very dry sense of humour, which is pleasantly reflected in his very light-hearted book about the Pueblo, Sunny Side Up.
    I’m confident that his new book about the guerrilla will be another success, a topic of conversation among interlectuals and scholars who are interested in the history of Spain.
    David has spent five long years in his research for this book. I wouldn’t be surprised that he’ll be awarded another medal from the Spanish Government. I look forward to reading it.

  3. bob hawkins says:

    Like Bill Yim, I too have not read David Baird’s latest book. But, having had the pleasure of editing Baird’s writings for the Far Eastern Economic Review in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I am certain Between Two Fires will be a thoroughly absorbing read. Baird has always shown a flair for getting to the guts of an issue. I doubt he would have gone to press on Fires if he had not done so yet again.

    Sorry to remind you Bill, but it’s 40 years, not “almost 30”, since you knew David in HK. It’s pleasing to know, Bill, that you are still around. So many of my old friends and acquaintances from my HK years are no longer able to communicate on the mortal plane. I’ve still got a sketch that you produced, I think, at the bar of the Dateline behind the old SCMP building. I can’t believe I ever looked like that.

    Do you remember that day in, I think, 1967, when David Wong (sadly now “the late”), sauntered down the stairs into the Dateline late one afternoon, announced that the PLA were shooting HK police on the border at Lowu, and adding, coolly, “The usual, Ah Fai” before taking a seat at the bar?

    Here’s to many more such fond memories.

    Bob Hawkins

  4. Magnus Llewellin says:

    I know the author has been working on this for years and can’t wait to read it. Sunny Side Up was great – and I have even read The Incredible Gulf (a late 1960s Baird vintage ).

    El Bairdo, as he is known to some, is a fine, upstanding Oswestry man and one of Shropshire’s finest exports.

  5. Sandra Cerezo says:

    Necesito, de algún modo, conseguir contactar con el Sr.Baird ya que estoy muy interesada en su libro Entre dos fuegos, debido a que mi abuelo es el único guerrillero superviviente de los maquis. Si alguien sabe como o el propio Baird leyera esto, seria de gran ayuda.

    • Juan Antonio Rodriguez says:

      Quisiera saber si Sandra Cerezo ha contactado con David Baird
      y si su abuelo aún vive. Mi padre fue guardia civil en Frigiliana.

  6. Linda Stalley says:

    I returned from David Baird’s street in it’s intriguing village last week (March 2012) and have just finished reading Sunny Side Up. He captures the feel of the village wonderfully and deals with the dark years very sensitively. We are returning to the same village and house next winter and think David should set himself up an information bureau – there are SO many questions we’d love to ask him!

  7. Drew Duncan says:

    I have read David’s book ” Between Two Fires ” which I think is excellent. As a retired history teacher I am very interested in the Spanish Civil War period and its aftermath. I think David’s book is an excellent addition to the literature of the Spanish Civil War – especially in covering the little known guerilla war which continued in the Nerja region. My wife and I visit Nerja at least twice a year and know Frigiliana well. I am particulary interested in the area and its history, so this has become a valuable book on my bookshelf now.

  8. Ken Robson says:

    I am currently in Frigiliana and would like to buy copies of Between Two Fires and Sunny Side Up – is there a bookshop locally or in Nerja that would sell these books

    • maromapress says:

      Hola, Ken, As the author living in Frigiliana, I can sell you these books directly. No problem! And cheaper than in a bookshop! My phone no. is 952 53 31 00. Please give me a call. Yours David Baird

  9. GEORGE PAWLOWSKI says:

    HELLO DAVID, I HAVE YOUR BOOK, THE INCREDIBLE GULF, THAT MY DAD GOT FROM YOU. HE PASSED AWAY RECENTLY BUT ALWAYS SPOKE HIGHLY OF YOU. I HAVE A MOUNTAIN OF HIS MATERIAL, FILM, PHOTOS ETC THAT NEED PRESERVING AND MAYBE COMPLETING AS WELL. CHEERS
    GEORGE PAWLOWSKI CAIRNS AUSTRALIA

    • maromapress says:

      Hi, George. Great to hear from you. Your dad was one of the most memorable persons I have ever met. He had a hell of a life and I admired his ability to overcome all obstacles.Good luck with all that material. It must contain some fascinating stuff, which should be available to the public.
      Best regards
      David

      • GEORGE PAWLOWSKI says:

        HI DAVID, GOOD TO SEE YOU ARE DOING WELL. AM STILL TRYING TO FIND A COPY OF THAT BOOK DAD WROTE AND THAT PRENTICE HALL PUBLISHED WITHOUT DAD KNOWING ABOUT IT. PROFESSOR GRAHAME WEBB IS ASSISTING ME/US. PRENTICE HALL SAY THEY SOLD THEIR EDUCATIONAL DIVISION(PEARSONS) AND DO NOT HAVE ANY COPIES. STILL I HAVE THE ORIGINAL AND WE WILL INCOROPORATE IT INTO A NEW BOOK THAT STEVE AND I HAVE STARTED. I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST FOR THE FUTURE.
        KIND REGARDS
        GEORGE

  10. Dev Berger says:

    Hi David, Derek Pogson’s nephew Owen Barber is trying to reach you. Can you provide him or me contact information to reach you? Thanks, hope to check out some of the books of yours I haven’t purchased yet. Take care. Dev

  11. Patrick Hargreaves says:

    Hi – I’ve had holidays in Nerja and la Herradura at our family apartments since 1980 and have always seeked to know more about the area and the bandits which my grandad spoke of. And now, having read your fantastically informative and sad book – Between two fires – I know a lot more than I did. Particularly interesting are the personal accounts. Great stuff.

  12. maromapress says:

    Thanks, Patrick. Good to know you found the book interesting. Some of the survivors (fewer every year) are my near neighbours so I can’t forget how tough times once were in this village.

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