Author: John Payne
Extent: 200 pp
Publication: January 2016
Publisher: Five Leaves Publishing
The current claims for independence in Catalonia raise new questions about how Catalan-speaking people view their own past and future.
The book covers the Catalan-speaking areas of Roussillon (in France) and in Spain the autonomous regions of the Valencian Community, Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.
Topics covered include the Mediterranean Sea, population movements, revolt and revolution, the continuing impact of the Spanish Civil War, the Catalan language and popular culture.
John Payne has written previous books on Catalonia, on William Morris and on the West Country and on Bath. He lives in Frome. He also writes for the Times Literary Supplement, European Judaism, Catalonia Today, Vida Hispanica, Adults Learning, International Journal of Iberian Studies.