Jason Webster (author)

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Jason Webster
Born (1970-07-26) July 26, 1970 (age 44)
San Francisco
Occupation Writer
Genre Crime, Travel, History
Subject Spain
Spouse Salud Botella[1]
Children 2
Website
www.jasonwebster.net

Jason Webster is an Anglo-American crime novelist, travel writer and critic, the main focus of whose work is devoted to Spain. He was born in California in 1970. He has spent most of his adult life in Spain, having settled in Valencia with his Spanish wife, actress and dancer Salud Botella.[1][2]

Education[edit]

Webster was educated in England, Egypt and Italy. In 1993 he graduated from Oxford University (St John's College) with a degree in Arabic and Islamic History.

Works[edit]

Webster is the author of nine books on Spain, ranging from travel to history and detective fiction. He has appeared in several television documentaries and his works have been translated into a dozen languages.

Books[edit]

  • Andalus: Unlocking the secrets of Moorish Spain (2004, Doubleday, ISBN 0385605072) examines the deep impact left on Spain – and by extension the rest of Europe – by the Moorish presence and was adapted as a radio play by the BBC.[6]
  • Sacred Sierra: A year on a Spanish mountain (2009, Chatto & Windus, ISBN 0701181575) describes a year that Webster and his Spanish wife spent living on their mountain farm in eastern Spain, on the slopes of the sacred peak of Penyagolosa, working on the land and planting trees with the help of a 12th-century Moorish gardening manual. It paints a portrait of a little-known part of the country, with details of its folklore, history and customs, and with meditations on stories, the need to preserve them and their importance for communities. Webster made a short promotional film for the book in conjunction with the award-winning Swedish film director David Flamholc of Caravan Film.

Apart from his books, Webster also writes for the British newspapers The Guardian, The Observer, Financial Times and The Daily Mail and reviews occasionally for the New Statesman and Sunday Telegraph.

He has appeared in several British TV documentaries, including An Islamic History of Europe,[8] presented by Rageh Omaar on BBC television and the critically acclaimed Andalusia: The Legacy of the Moors for Five.

In March 2014 he presented 'Flashmob Flamenco" a documentary for BBC Radio 4 on the response within the Flamenco community to the economic crisis in Spain.

Interviews with Webster[edit]

http://www.lavozdealmeria.es/vernoticia.asp?IdNoticia=56485&IdSeccion=5

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jason Webster" (in Spanish). Jason Webster. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Salud Botella at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "Duende: A Journey Into the Heart of Flamenco". Amazon.com. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Barnes, Anthony (6 June 2004). "Acclaimed travel book is paella in the sky, claims flamenco tutor". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  5. ^ "Duende - A Journey in Search of Flamenco. First broadcast from 20030210 to 20030214. By Jason Webster. Read by Tom Goodman-Hill". Radiolistings.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  6. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/dramaon3/pip/xkqh7/
  7. ^ "Longlists for CWA Gold, Steel and New Blood Daggers". murdermysterymayhem.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  8. ^ Rogé, Renata Whitaker (2010-04-24). "An Islamic History of Europe". World in Words. Blogger (service). Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

Reviews of Webster's books[edit]