Land of surprises — the Other Costa

September 9, 2016

“East of Malaga – Your guide to the Axarquia and Costa Tropical is full of useful information and thoughtful advice. It contains everything you need to know about fiestas, sights, wine and food, places to stay and much more.” — The Mail on Sunday

Until recently there was no decent guide in English to the sub-tropical area to the east of Málaga. But that’s all changed thanks to a totally updated guide published by Maroma Press.EastMal cover

Here is all the info  you need to find delightful small hotels and good-quality restaurants as well as facilities for all manner of outdoor activities, from mountain biking to hiking, scuba-diving to canyoning. Read the rest of this entry »


Praise from Lonely Planet

January 30, 2016

Lonely Planet, the leading guide book on Spain, has heaped praise on the Maroma Press publication Between Two Fires — Guerrilla war in the Spanish sierras

It comments: “A few communists and republicans continued their struggle after the Civil War in small guerrilla units in Andalucia’s mountains. David Baird’s book Between Two Fires fascinatingly documents the struggle between the guerrillas and the Guardia Civil around the village of Frigiliana in the 1940s and ’50s.”.

The fruit of years of investigation, Between Two Fires is the only book in English that relates what happened AFTER Spain’s Civil War, when rural communities were torn apart as rebels fought to undermine the Franco dictatorship.

To research what happened in those years when tight censorship sealed off Spain from the rest of the world author Baird interviewed former guerrillas, Civil Guards, villagers and their families.

He checked official files all over Spain and as far apart as London and Washington to find out just what happened in a war that went virtually unreported.

In the process  he uncovered details about a brutal crime that was covered up for more than 50 years and about the clandestine training of Spanish guerrillas by members of the American secret service.

Between Two Fires is on sale at English bookshops in Spain and from Amazon and other online outlets.

 


ICE, SNOW AND WAR IN THE SIERRAS

October 31, 2015

ANY DAY NOW the first snows will blanket the summit of one of southern Spain’s highest mountains — just a short distance from the Mediterranean beaches where (hardier) folk swim all year around.

La Maroma, soaring 2,068 metres, is the highest peak in Málaga province — and probably the closest thing to a holy mountain in these parts.

In the days before refrigeration the neveros (literally, “snowmen”) would trek to the top of Maroma to seek snow and ice. This they would pack hard in straw and load it in esparto baskets on the backs of mules. Transported to the coast, the ice was used to cool drinks or make ice-cream. Read the rest of this entry »


TITLE IT RIGHT — HOW TO GRAB READERS

June 23, 2015

Picking the right title can make all the difference when your book goes on sale. But how do you find it? The possibilities are endless, as David Baird discovered.

What do these phrases have in common?

Sunstruck, Fiesta fever, Follow that mule!, Whitewash and olives, The vintage years, Is there a Spaniard in the pueblo?, Everything under the sun, The blossoms of spring, The sunshine life, The donkey that roared…

Answer: they are all suggested titles for a new book. Read the rest of this entry »


SPAIN’S HISTORIC MEMORY — What it’s all about

March 22, 2014

DECADES after Spain tore itself apart in a civil war the pain lingers on. The Ley de la Memoria Histórica, a recently enacted law, aims to heal some of the old wounds but has only succeeded in exacerbating the fierce debate. Guerrilla leaflet 1945,b&w

Passions are still fierce, not just about the war itself but about the repression that followed during the long years of dictatorship. The country has yet to come to terms with events that occurred more than 50 years ago, not least those of a desperate guerrilla conflict which raged in the 1940s.

Thus, Between Two Fires — Guerrilla war in the Spanish sierras could not be more timely. This important  book throws fresh light on a struggle which — thanks to strict censorship — went largely unreported both in Spain or in the rest of the world. Read the rest of this entry »


Libro presentado en Frigiliana

April 27, 2012

El periodista, historiador y escritor británico David Baird, ha presentado su libro Sunny Side Up, The 21st century hits a Spanish village (El siglo 21 llega a un pueblo español) en Frigiliana (Málaga). Esta obra se ha editado en inglés y alemán.

En este libro el autor relata la evolución de un pueblo axárquico, que no nombra, en los últimos 40 años. Intercala el tono humorístico y el serio para contarnos una serie de anécdotas que pueden ir desde un mendigo ciego que circulaba en moto, hasta un fantasma que aterrorizaba al pueblo. Read the rest of this entry »


HOW TRIVIA MADE A MILLION

November 27, 2010

What do you call a female hedgehog?
Who shot Abraham Lincoln?
What part of an elephant has 100,000 muscles?
Who wants to be a millionaire?

“Invest a thousand bucks in our project and you could make a million,” suggested two fun-loving young Canadians as one winter 30 years ago they circulated around the bars of Nerja on Spain’s Costa del Sol.
It was an offer that was easy to refuse, especially as their main investment seemed to be in San Miguel beer. So everybody laughed and called for another round.
Everybody — except one fellow Canadian. “Why not?” he said and bought a share.
Today he’s a millionaire, for the project he invested in was Trivial Pursuit, possibly the most successful board game of all time. Read the rest of this entry »