From Barcelona

Book Cover: From Barcelona
Editions:Paperback - 2d Ed: £ 9.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781904881858
Pages: 302
Kindle - 2nd Ed

From Barcelona: Stories Behind the City

Jeremy Holland

Dubbed, “The Great Enchantress,” by art critic Robert Hughes, Barcelona was seducing visitors long before the city’s rise to become a tourist hotspot following the Olympic Games in 1992. Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell are just some of the well-known figures who at one time called the Catalan capital home. Countless others continue to be charmed by its character and splendor.

From Barcelona is a short story collection inspired by this cryptic city, its people and its buildings. Visit a haunted flat within shouting distance of a leafy square and meet a bewitching feline temptress. Go back in time to when Antoni Gaudí struggled to realize his divine designs until he found his benefactor, Eusebi Güell. Discover the legend behind the figurine of a man squatting with his belt around his ankles and that the locals hide in the Nativity Scene for good luck. Immerse yourself in the characters and scenery of this Mediterranean metropolis and experience a world of literature, art, dragons and roses.

Reviews:Carlos Carbonell, ADN Newspaper, Barcelona wrote:

Colorful and unique stories about Barcelona written by an expat author with his finger on the pulse of the city. He manages to capture both the vitality and the mysteriousness of the capital of Catalunya in a fresh and entertaining way

Rod Younger, wrote:

This series of short stories not only captures the essence of modern Barcelona from the perspective of the Catalans themselves and foreigners living and working there but also provides valuable historical lessons

Bart Van Poll, founder, Spotted by Locals Cityblogs wrote:

Enjoyable, well-written and entertaining stories for everyone from the tourist to the expat to the native. Recommended for distant lovers of Barcelona like myself and locals too!

Rosie Reay, author, book critic, Catalunya Chronicle wrote:

A must read, must have for tourists and expats alike. Every story is fascinating. You'll get so much more out of your stay than from an infoseek guide book.

Author: Jeremy Holland

In 2002, Jeremy Holland moved from Los Angeles to Barcelona with a blanket, a laptop and just enough knowledge of the local lingo to order a beer. Eight years later, he dreamed in Spanish with a touch of Catalan and published From Barcelona Vol. 1. The second edition revisits and expands on those short stories, while offering a few more that peek at a world not found in the guidebooks. Alkmaar, the Netherlands, is now his home with his Spanish wife, their young daughter and cat, Rembrandt. To read more about his life in the Dutch cheese country visit his blog For more about Barcelona, visit