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Local writer David Baird has made his first venture into fiction with his latest book, entitled Don’t Miss The Fiesta! It’s a chilling tale of passion and vengeance set in the sierras of southern Spain, an area he knows well. David, born in Shropshire, England, but a long-time resident of Frigiliana, admits he was inspired by true-life incidents. But he is at pains to insist: “The characters in the book are all figments of the imagination and the village of Benamargo does not exist.” The book is sure to strike a chord with many readers as it tells of an English fugitive from urban tensions seeking refuge in rural tranquillity. However, nasty surprises await him when he ends up in a remote Andalusian village — then discovers he has blundered into an emotional minefield. The village’s placid surface conceals dark secrets and a nightmare of guilt. “The idea originated,” says David, “with the experience of some friends. They bought a remote farmhouse only to find they had become embroiled in all sorts of family feuds. “I think many people have stars in their eyes when they seek rural tranquillity. Every place has its history and here in Spain recent history was very violent and memories are long. “So it’s easy for a stranger to stumble into situations he does not understand.” Don’t Miss the Fiesta! is on sale from October 1 at English-language bookshops in Spain or online ( It is published by Maroma Press, which also published David’s non-fiction book Between Two Fires. That poignant account of the impact of the antiFranco guerrilla movement won praise from historians Ian Gibson and Paul Preston. His other books include Sunny Side Up, East of Malaga and Back Roads of Southern Spain.

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