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 »
February 14, 2015
WE’RE ALL ESCAPISTS AT HEART, dreaming of another life in another place without the nagging worries that go with our daily routine.
However, if you take the big step and launch yourself into a new life, a “simple life” in a totally different environment, it can turn out rather more complicated than you expected.
In the case of one not-so-innocent Britisher, his escapist dream turn turns into a dramatic adventure with sinister surprises lying in wait.
Don’t Miss The Fiesta!, a thriller set in a Spanish village, takes the lid off the surprises that could await a stranger in an outwardly tranquil Andalusian pueblo. Read the rest of this entry »
August 8, 2012
One night was enough for me (writes David Baird). Friends invited my wife and myself to stay the weekend at their new-found shangri-la, a remote cortijo in the countryside of southern Spain.
The idea was to enjoy the rural tranquillity. Tranquillity? Madre mía! Throughout the night it seemed we were under siege as a pack of wild dogs stormed around the isolated farmhouse, baying like the hound of the Baskervilles multiplied a hundredfold.
At breakfast our friends joked about neighbours dropping in at all hours, moody, taciturn types who would sit at the kitchen table gazing at them in a strange fashion. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
December 20, 2011
SOMETIMES, says David Baird, he dreams about garbanzos.
“Yes, chick-peas, those little bullet-like beans which have to be soaked for days and boiled for hours so that finally you can add some flavouring and create a fine stew — fine that is if you like bullet-like beans.”
He claims that’s what he lived on most of the time when he and his wife first settled in a Spanish village. He describes his efforts to live “the simple life” in Sunny Side Up — The 21st century hits a Spanish village.
Hilarious, nostalgic and moving, his book inspired the Sunday Times of London to comment: “Recommended reading for anybody who ever wondered what happened to the ‘real Spain’.”
Anther angle on that ‘real Spain’ is contained in Between Two Fires, Baird’s book about the guerrilla war that raged in the 1940s. Read the rest of this entry »
September 9, 2010
LEBEN IM PUEBLO — Das 21. Jahrhundert hält Einzug in ein andalusisches Dorf
German edition of Sunny Side Up, by David Baird
Idyllisch eingebettet in eine grandiose Berglandschaft von unvergleichlicher Schönheit reihen sich die “Weißen Dörfer” aneinander, scheinbar unberührt von den umwälzenden Veränderungen unserer Zeit. Oberflächlich betrachtet machen die noch verbliebenen einheimischen Bewohner einen beneidenswert glücklichen, ausgeglichenen Eindruck. Sie strahlen Ruhe und Zufriedenheit aus. Aber der Schein trügt. Read the rest of this entry »