The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands
A Cultural History
Juan Cruz Ruiz
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  • Hardback
24 Aug 2017
  • Non-Fiction
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The British love the Canaries – the narrative history of this vibrant destination

Over 13 million visitors travel to the Canary Islands every year – more than 4.5m of them from Britain – to see their famous black and white sand beaches and enjoy attractions like the Carnival. Traditional tour guides give straightforward advice on what to do and where to go, but in this remarkable cultural history, the celebrated journalist and Canary Islands native Juan Cruz Ruiz offers something much more, for travellers and interested readers looking for an intimate exploration of this rich archipelago.

Reading The Canary Islands is like travelling with a personal tour guide: one who will tell you in exquisite language about the original inhabitants of the Canaries, the history of the islands (including their conquest by Spain), and what life was like for residents of the Canaries before tourism. Ruiz explores their geography, food and art and introduces the reader to the Canario people and their life stories.

The Canary Islands is a poetic, joyful look at the islands and the islanders, as well as a unique guide to unusual Canary Islands destinations, can't-miss food and wine, and the history, mythology and ecology of this cherished destination.


'Juan Cruz relates the happiness of daily life and of living itself' Carlos Fuentes, author of Christopher Unborn

'His [book] takes a touching, learned, and fascinating journey through his motherland: the land of the child he used to be and of the great writer he became' Arturo Pérez-Reverte, author of The Adventures of Captian Alatriste and The Ninth Gate

'Ruiz's books are an alliance of genres, in which lyricism, storytelling, introspection, and nostalgia bring poetry and prose together' Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Laureate

'Juan Cruz stands out in whatever he writes, and he writes a lot: His journalistic pieces, his interviews, his articles, all this is literature at its best, sometimes with a quick and certain brushstroke, sometimes through writing that is melancholy and drawn out. But what makes him a true master is evident in his descriptions and in his evocations: places, times, people that the reader may not have known; in his books on the familiar landscapes of his childhood, these become times that one longs for, and excellent friends one remembers, from then on, with poignant clarity' Javier Marías, author of A Heart So White and The Infatuations

Juan Cruz Ruiz

About Juan Cruz Ruiz

Juan Cruz Ruiz holds a degree in Journalism and History from the University of La Laguna. He has worked as a journalist for the newspaper El País since its founding in 1976, and his narrative work includes over a dozen titles. In 2002 he was awarded the Canary Islands Prize for Literature.