June 17, 2011 by Robert Bovington
Gerald Brenan was an English writer who spent much of his life in Spain and who has written a number of books about the country and its people.
He was actually born in Malta – in 1894 but was educated in England and later served in the British Army in the First World War where he won medals for bravery.
After the war he lived in Spain for a while in the small village of Yegen, in the Alpujarras. He married an American poetess and lived for a time in a house near Málaga but returned to England during the Spanish Civil War.
During the Second World War he was an Air Raid Warden and a Home Guard. Afterwards he returned to Spain where he lived for the remainder of his life. He died at Alhaurín el Grande, Málaga in 1987.
He wrote several books about Spain including ‘The Spanish Labyrinth (1943)’ and ‘The Face of Spain (1951)’ but his best-known work is ‘South From Granada (1957)’ which is generally regarded as being one of the best travel books about Spain.
Gerald Brenan was awarded a CBE in 1982, and was much honoured in Spain.