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Dimensions:
216 × 138 × 25 mm
272 pages
Format:
Hardback
ISBN:
9781789142198
Illustrations:
105 illustrations, 75 in colour
Published:
15 Feb 2021
Series:
Cityscopes

Madrid Midnight City Helen Crisp, Jules Stewart

Spain’s top city for tourism, Madrid attracts more than six million visitors a year. Helen Crisp and Jules Stewart relate the story of a city and its people through the centuries, while their carefully curated listings give a nod to well-known attractions and sights, as well as hidden gems. Spain’s art capital, with its ‘Golden Triangle’ of museums and myriad art galleries, Madrid is also a city of dazzling nightlife, with a profusion of cafés and bars. This is the story of a vibrant, energetic city, one that remains an enigma to many outsiders.

‘I realise that it is the many layers of Madrid that I encountered on that initial visit that make the city so remarkable – layers that this excellent book luxuriates in, as it plots the twists and turns of history that have shaped the city . . . a splendid guide, delivered in charming and frequently amusing prose that displays a deep affection for the city and its inhabitants.’ — La Revista, the British-Spanish Society magazine

‘For the historically and culturally curious traveller, there is no better guide to Madrid. A treasure-trove of fascinating anecdotes and details, not to be missed.’ — Jason Webster, author of Violencia: A New History of Spain

‘This is now my favourite guide book to a city I love. It is impressively knowledgeable and well-researched. A joy to read! Jules Stewart and Helen Crisp have beautifully captured the essence of the city that never sleeps.’ — Ainhoa Paredes, journalist and London correspondent for the Spanish TV channel Telecinco

‘There’s some very perceptive writing on the influence the Who had on the wider scene . . . essential reading for anyone who’s ever loved the Who, or wants an insight into the Sixties’ music scene that goes beyond greatest hits compilations and easy generalisations.’ — Louder Than War


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Helen Crisp is a writer and editor in the healthcare field. She has been exploring the hidden corners and backstreets, little-known shops, galleries and museums of Madrid for more than 25 years.

Jules Stewart is a New York-born, London-based author of many books including (with Helen Crisp) Madrid: Midnight City (Reaktion, 2021) and Gotham Rising: New York in the 1930s (2016).

Prologue

HISTORY
1 Magerit Becomes Madrid
2 The Golden Age Of Empire And Literature
3 City Of Enlightenment
4 Bourbon Farewell And Return
5 Madrid Comes Of Age
6 City Under Siege
7 We Go Movida Along
8 Madrid Gets A Facelift

THE CITY TODAY
‘Squares’
Fiestas and Processions
Café Society
Football Madness
Theatre
Markets
Picture this
Look up
Man of La Mancha
Specialist Shops


LISTINGS

References
Chronology
Suggested Reading and Viewing
Index