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Maroma Press:

 specialising in Andalucía

 After having several books published, journalist

 and author David Baird decided it was time to
 go into the publishing business himself. Thus,

 was born Maroma Press, specialising in themes

 relating to southern Spain.

 That name comes from La Maroma, at 2,068 metres the highest peak
 in Málaga province — and probably the closest thing to a holy
 mountain in these parts. Quite a few malagueños dream of hiking to   Once outlaws roamed the Málaga mountains. And   Don’t Miss The
 the top at least once in their lifetimes. Some make a point of sleeping   more recently a guerrilla movement hid out here.   Fiesta! tells of dark
 there at the summer solstice to see the dawn, this year on Friday,   Learn more about it in Between Two Fires —   goings-on in an
 June 21 .  Guerrilla war in the Spanish sierras, a poignant   outwardly placid
 Their feelings are reflected in a plaque at the summit which records:   account of how this area suffered a brutal conflict   village in the Sierras.
 “Here and now ends an ascent  for years after the Spanish Civil War, ignored by   Beneath the tranquil
 Here and now begins another.  the rest of Europe. Historian Paul Preston says: “A   surface of a remote
                                                          Spanish village lurk
         tragic yet heroic story. This superbly written book
 This mountain is the centre of the world.  could not be more timely. As exciting as any   ancient feuds.
 This mountain unites land and sky.  thriller, yet deeply moving.”  Fleeing from his
 This mountain like any mountain is a sacred place.  The Spanish edition is titled La Gente de la Sierra   scandalous past, an
 That’s why you are here…”  - Lucha sin cuartel contra las fuerzas franquistas.  expatriate
                                                          seeks peace and
 You can find out more about it and the surrounding area in the first   When David and his wife first took up residence in   security there — only
 English guide to this region: Maroma Press’s East of Málaga - Your   Málaga province, in the 1970s, their village   to be caught up in a
 guide to the Axarquía and Costa Tropical. It is an essential guide to   appeared frozen in time, hardly changed since   whirlwind of primitive
 the Axarquia and Costa Tropical.  Meticulously researched, this is the   before the Civil War. Thus, they had a front-row   passions, leading to
 first English guide to one of the most attractive corners of southern   seat as the maelstrom of “progress” hit the Costa.  a chilling climax.
 Spain. It offers a wealth of information on local history, rich traditions   That inspired David’s non-fiction book Sunny Side   In contrast, Typhoon
 and memorable sights as well as advice on what to eat and where to   Up — The 21st Century hits a Spanish village. It   Season is a fast-
 stay    describes the dramatic change, offering an often   paced thriller set in Hong Kong, where David Baird worked
         humorous, sometimes tragic, view of life behind
 Authors Profile - David Baird  the white walls of Andalusia. It vividly depicts how   for several years as a journalist. In the last days of empire,
 Born in Shropshire, David Baird worked for publications around the   the storm of progress collides head-on with a   murderous forces are at work in the British colony. A body
                                                          found floating in the South China Sea, a missing heroin
 world, from Britain and Australia to Hong Kong and Canada, before   near-mediaeval way of life. Several Spanish   stash, a doomed love affair, corruption in high places.
 basing himself in Spain. As a foreign correspondent, he has   schools have selected this book as a learning aid   Events hurtle towards an explosive climax.
 contributed articles to The Economist, The Guardian, the New York   for language students.
 Times, Maclean’s Magazine, and many other publications.  Maroma Press has published two books of fiction.
 His non-fiction books include Between Two Fires, a poignant account
 of the impact of the guerrilla war which raged in southern Spain in   David Baird’s books are available from English-language bookshops in
 the 1940s. It won praise from historians Ian Gibson and Paul Preston.   Spain or direct from the publishers, Maroma Press or via Amazon.
 His humorous account of life in an Andalusian village, Sunny Side Up   W:     E:
 - The 21st Century hits a Spanish village, was selected for study in
 Granada and Málaga schools.
 He has also written several guidebooks and two works of fiction. He   Featured  On the BOOKSHELF
 has twice been awarded Spain’s national prize for non-Spanish travel
 writers.         Author                 For your books to be featured in our magazine and on the

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