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

I just launched a website to tell everyone about the book which will be published on August 28th.
Attached to the site is a fundraiser to try and finance a Spanish version of the book. When I rode the route, local town halls and cultural organisations from the villages and provinces promised to finance this. Unfortunately, in times of Corona Virus, they simply can´t, so I must raise the money myself.
On July 27th Matador is posting an Instagram interview with me about Penelope´s Route.

I will have hard copy books here in Spain by the end of August and 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]

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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.

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