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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Fiction set in the Pyrenees

The Pyrenees, a range of mountains that forms a border between Spain and France, are a classic holiday destination. We have chosen three novels from both sides of the divide. All different genres, they just capture the spirit and feel of this beautiful part of the world. Do come along for the trip and see a location through an author's eyes.... click on each link and you will be taken to the book.

A timeless piece of writing, short, a two hour read. Set in the Catalan Pyrenees around the villages of Pallarès, Montsent, Torrent, Noguera, Ermita. It describes the hardships of peasant life in a beautifully lyrical and evocative way, and is the story of Conxa, and how she falls for Jaume when she is living with her aunt, Tia. In the background is the build-up to the Spanish Civil War, King Alfonso XIII leaves the country and as the country changes so does Conxa's life. The mountains, the search for mushrooms - Moixarrons and Carreretes - the animals, the life and its hardships....just gorgeously descriptive.

And over to the French side with this light hearted novel set in Fogas. The Auberge des Deux Vallées has been bought by an English couple and not by the Mayor's brother-in-law as had been expected. The English are going to run a restaurant? Zut alors, ce n'est pas possible! The Mayor calls an emergency meeting hoping to authorise an order for compulsory purchase. But his deputy, Christian Dupuy, whose conscience always leads his politics, refuses to condone this. Follow the trials and tribulations of this small community...

And again on the French side a rivetting tale set in early part of the 20th century. It is 1928 and Frederick Watson crashes his car in a snowstorm in the foothills of the Pyrenees. He believes he hears a woman's voice: 'The Winter Ghosts'. He abandons his car and walks down the hillside path to the small village of Nulle, a sad village, and there he finds shelter. The young woman he meets there tell him her terrible story.
"Brilliant writing on the French countryside, if you like a bit of ghostly surrealism and a bit of romance, plus stunning descriptions, then this is definitely for you!"

More books set in the Pyrenees (and in over 670 other destinations around the globe) at Come and join us, write reviews of any books that have been evocative of location, suggest new titles....generally, we would LOVE to hear from you.


  1. If you fancy a bit of short fiction for your Pyrenees trip, M.R.James' ghost story "Canon Alberic's Scrap-book" is set there, in St. Bertrand de Comminges. (It's in "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary", various editions.)