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An appreciative reader

” I absolutely loved “Pope of Good Promise” which I read in hardly more than a long single sitting. It’s beautifully written, hugely engaging and built on what must be a unique well of experience and knowledge.  I loved the way it’s written as an intensely personal journey, and in particular the way you bend over backwards to be fair and balanced to all concerned, sharing your own doubts and intuitions. You took a risk in writing about your transcendental experience in the Basque Country but you carry it off …

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Good crowd at Wigtown

Nice appreciative crowd at  the wonderful Wigtown literary festival joined me on Saturday October 3rd to hear some thoughts on Pope Francis and buy my book! We were blessed with beautiful weather and I was privileged to have Rod Pryde as my interviewer.Rod has returned to his native Scotland after  working for several years in Spain for the British Council. I was delighted to meet him and know that as well as settling in one  the most beautiful parts of the UK, he has now also become involved in  the …

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Author’s personal favourite now on kindle

How time flies. I remember just two years ago finding myself berating a fellow passenger on a train from Washington to New York who was on the seat next to me reading from a kindle. “You are putting me out of a job!” I moaned. The book he was reading was not only not one of one my own but the thought of a whole new generation begining to opt for a download and a screen in preference to a firm hard back and a visit to the library filled …

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Books old & new available in print & digitally

Jimmy Burns’ books, including some  ‘classics’ of the genre,  are now available as  e-books as well as in print. (see Amazon UK and Endeavour Press websites). They include his prize winning account of the Falklands War and Argentina,  The Last that Lost Heroes ; a hugely entertaining Literary companion to Spain; the Real Deal (original title when  first published When Beckham went to Spain) , an updated history of Real Madrid ; Barca: A People’s Passion, a history of FC Barcelona and the rise of Catalan nationalism; Papa Spy: Love, …

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La Roja launched in London

Spanish Meetup Group – Wednesday 16th May. 18.30 start. ‘The Horse’ pub 124 Westminster Bridge Road The European Bookshop – Friday 18th May. 18.30 start. 5 Warwick Street, London W1B5LU Queen’s Park Book Festival London NW6 – Sunday 20 May. 6 pm start with David Winner and Mihir Bose. Chairman Chris Maume of The Independent Cervantes Institute , Dublin Monday 28th May 6pm 29th May, Dublin 1.30pm pre record for Sport at 7 with Damien O’Meara on RTE Radio 1. 2.15pm pre record interview for Now that’s …

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La Roja enters Amazon UK’s top 100 sports books

New video of La Roja Book launch: Jimmy Burns with Guillem Balague at the NH Hotel Book Launch: La Roja. A Journey Through Spanish Football by Jimmy Burns from Visuad Studio on Vimeo.

Jimmy Burns – Barca: A People’s Passion

FC Barcelona is much more than a football club- it is a social and political phenomenon.

Jimmy Burns discusses Lionel Messi

Spies: Author Talk

Windsor Festival Spring Programme – Spies Bestselling historians Jimmy Burns and Alex Von Tunzelmann talk about espionage during WWII and the Cold War. Jimmy Burns is the author of Papa Spy, the highly acclaimed biography of Jimmy’s father, Tom Burns, who served as an intelligence officer in Madrid during WWII. Alex Von Tunzelmann’s latest book, Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean, discusses the story of the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crises from the perspectives of Kennedy, Castro and the CIA. As …

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New book on Spain research: Bilbao Revisited

My recent stay in Bilbao is the subject of a blog elsewhere on this site. It was alsoeported in Althetic Club of Bilbao’s magazine. An no, I haven’t been recruited by ETA. I just love Basque food and wine, the company of friends, andd local football’s deep cultural roots and enduring belief in home-grown talent.