Troubador Penelope's Route

Released: 28/08/2020

ISBN: 9781800460690

Format: Paperback

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Penelope's Route

A Horseback Journey in Andalusia


Nearly sixty years after Penelope Chetwode, wife of Poet Laureate John Betjeman, ventured into rural Spain on a borrowed mare, Karen Considine follows on horseback in her hoof-prints. Her guide and companion is Penelope’s book, ‘Two Middle-Aged Ladies in Andalusia’. Among the many changes, she finds the enduring spirit of the Andalusian people unaltered.

Karen says, “I have been ‘exploring’ since I was around four-years-old, on foot and on horseback, always wanting to see what was hidden around the next corner and then ‘making maps’. My mother gave me Penelope Chetwode’s book when I was fifteen and I never forgot my determination to follow her ride one day. That day finally came when I retired, and I was off after her within the year.”

“Beautifully written and truly captures daily Andalusian life.” 
Richard Dunwoody MBE, Retired steeplechase jockey

Well Penelope´s Route is out and about now and I am thrilled that I am getting good and positive feedback from those who have read it already.
The fundraiser is also going well, we are halfway there and now I have to really push and remind everyone the importance of a Spanish publication for the lovely folk who helped me along the way. See details on the website
You can also buy a book by pressing the BUY NOW button which will take you to the Troubadour Bookshop!
I can sell direct to anyone who lives in Spain to avoid postage costs from Britain. Get in touch with me if you live in Spain and want to buy a book direct. [email protected]

Finally, if you want to know more about how this idea and this book came into being, listen to this link from Talk Radio Europe.
and check out this article in Spanish and English that came out a few days ago

If you enjoy cultural history, armchair travel or a smattering of Irish wit, you will not be disappointed by this account of a courageous adventure on horseback through Andalusia.
The humanity, determination and guts of the author will carry you along to the journey’s end.

by Margaret Stokes

Penelope's Route is a wonderful glimpse into the life of an author who has clearly dedicated her life to horses and adventures. From hypothermia, to near misses on precipitous mountain paths and the stoically ignored "chorizo finger", Penelope’s Route is a great choice for fans of equine-adventure. As well as the twists and turns of her challenging journey on horseback, the book also provides a colourful insight into Andalucían life and the history of the region, not to mention the many characters (and all too often guardian angels!) the author meets along her way.

by Jessica Maybanks

Karen Considine

Irish but lived all over the place for work. Now settled in Southern Spain in a pretty village with three horses, a dog, a cat and a lot of wonderful Spanish friends.

Out on the mountains as usual
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