*A fascinating and personal portrait of a culture in danger of dying out: rural Spain.
Paul Richardson's mission - 'to sieve out the ancient, perverse and eccentric from the new, nice and normal' - took him from coastal plain to mountainous peak. It also took him, often, by surprise. From ritual pig killings to wood-chopping competitions, from an alchemist who eats stone, to pilgrimages in the name of obscure Virgins, his journey into deep Spain is captivating, often hilarious, sometimes surprising - and always highly illuminating.
'Richardson writes vividly about some of the wilder characters he meets ... read OUR LADY OF THE SEWERS if you want a glimpse of the surviving truth behind tour-operator cliches, and for a view of Spain that is becoming ever harder to find' SUNDAY TIMES
'Puckish, witty, casually erudite . delivers acute and sharply observed portraits of both people and places' TLS
Richardson writes vividly about some of the wilder characters he meets ... read Our Lady of the Sewers if you want a glimpse of the surviving truth behind tour operator cliches, and for a view of a Spain that is becoming ever harder to find - SUNDAY TIMES
Witty and knowledgeable ... fascinating - THE TIMES
Fascinating ... The really amazing thing about Spain is that it continues to stimulate people into writing books as interesting as this - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
He knows stuff about Spain we fly-by-nights can only guess at - GUARDIAN
Puckish, witty, casually erudite ... delivers acute and sharply observed portraits of both people and places - TLS