Cloth $22.00 ISBN: 9781789142198 Published March 2021 For sale in North and South America only
An e-book edition will be published.


Midnight City

Helen Crisp and Jules Stewart


Helen Crisp and Jules Stewart

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272 pages | 75 color plates, 30 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $22.00 ISBN: 9781789142198 Published March 2021 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $22.00 ISBN: 9781789142587 Published March 2020

Spain’s top city for tourism, Madrid attracts more than six million visitors a year. In this book, Helen Crisp and Jules Stewart not only place visitor attractions in their historical perspective, relating the story of a city and its people through the centuries, but they also offer carefully curated listings that give a nod to well-known attractions and sites, as well as hidden gems. Spain’s political and 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. Offering in-depth insight into the history of Madrid along with a view—from fiestas to football—into life in the city today, this is the story of a vibrant, energetic metropolis, one that remains an enigma to many outsiders.


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

Fiestas and Processions
Café Society
Football Madness
Picture this
Look up
Man of La Mancha
Specialist Shops


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Review Quotes
Jason Webster, author of "Violencia: A New History of Spain"
“There is no better guide to Madrid. A treasure trove of fascinating anecdotes and details, not to be missed.”
Ainhoa Paredes, journalist and London correspondent for Spanish TV channel Telecinco
“This is now my favorite guidebook to a city I love. It is impressively knowledgeable and well-researched. A joy to read! Crisp and Stewart have beautifully captured the essence of the city.”
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