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A castle in Spain

Author: Matthew Parris
Publisher: London : Viking, 2012.
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"Walking in the Pyrenees one spring morning thirty years ago, Matthew Parris stumbled upon an awesome sight: a magnificent ruined mansion, standing tall, proud and alone in the sunlight, on the edge of a line of huge cliffs high above a river gorge. Unaccountably stately, the stone house's walls and foundations were intact but the floors and stairs were rotting and in places fallen through. The terracotta-tiled roof  Read more...
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Named Person: Matthew Parris
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Parris
ISBN: 9780241961780 0241961785
OCLC Number: 776773266
Notes: Originally published: 2005.
Description: 1 volume : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Matthew Parris.

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Walking in the Pyrenees one spring morning the author stumbled upon a magnificent ruined mansion standing on edge of a line of huge cliffs. This title chronicles the original discovery, the attempts  Read more...

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In a class of its own Guardian So infectious is his enthusiasm for L'Avenc and the dramatic, unvisited landscape of Collsacabra, that I wanted to leave at once to explore it ... And it's all just a Read more...

 
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