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Ben here, and today I’m going to discuss a book about Portugal that I’ve really enjoyed recently. The biggest surprise to regular readers will be that the book in question ISN’T mine! However, here’s a gratuitous and cheeky link to mine on Amazon in case you want to take a look! At the time of writing, Amazon have it at 15% off!
Anyway, before I talk about this Portugal book, I’d like to offer a quick apology for being absent from this blog for a prolonged period. All my recent time has been taken up with a big work project, and us freelancers must grab the business when it’s there. I trust that Louise has kept you entertained with her regular posts.
The book I’m introducing here is called “Portugal and the Algarve – Now and Then,” by long-term resident, Jenny Grainer.
I’m surprised that the book’s existence passed me by until now. As soon as I saw it I immediately downloaded it to my iPad via Kindle.
Jenny moved to the Algarve in 1968, when Portugal was still a dictatorship, the Algarve was a relatively obscure tourist destination, and Faro didn’t have an airport.
The book is essentially a collection of observations about Portugal between then and now, and the evocative descriptions of Portugal before I was even born were truly illuminating.
Reading the book has made the history of the Algarve come alive, especially when we’re on our travels and see how places have changed in the intervening years. Of particular interest to me were the chapters describing Portugal in the 60s and 70s, when many people lived in genuine poverty and “make and make do” was a way of life. It certainly brought the “first world problems” of the current age into embarrassingly sharp focus!
I heartily recommend Jenny Grainer’s book about Portugal. It’s quite short, and I devoured it in just a few sessions, but I feel I now know more about my adopted country than I ever did before. You can find it on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. You will find the link below: