- Jason Webster (author)
name = Jason Webster
imagesize = 200px
caption = Jason Webster on his mountain farm
birthdate = Birth date and age|1970|07|26|mf=y
occupation = Writer
subject = Travel
spouse = Salud Botella
children = 1
influences = Travel writers
Norman Lewis, Bruce Chatwin.
website = http://www.jasonwebster.net
Jason Webster is an Anglo-American author the main focus of whose work is devoted to
Spain. He was born in Californiain 1970.
His best-selling first book, "Duende – A Journey in Search of Flamenco", which told the story of his quest to learn
flamenco guitar, was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Awardand has been translated into twelve different languages. It was selected to be read on BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week. [cite web
title = Duende - A Journey in Search of Flamenco. First broadcast from 20030210 to 20030214. By Jason Webster. Read by Tom Goodman-Hill
publisher = Radiolistings.co.uk
url = http://www.radiolistings.co.uk/programmes/duende___a_journey_in_search_of_flamenco.html
accessdate = 2008-09-23]
The Guardiandescribed "Duende" as "a great book" and Webster as "an exceptional writer". [cite web
last = France
first = Miranda
title = Let the spirit move you
publisher = "
date = December
url = http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2002/dec/28/featuresreviews.guardianreview13
accessdate = 2008-09-24] The factual accuracy of the book was questioned by a 2004 article in "
The Independent" citing allegations that it did not recount the experiences of its author, but those of a guitar tutor in Oxfordwith whom Webster was said to have begun his Flamenco studies in 1998.cite web
last = Barnes
first = Anthony
title = Acclaimed travel book is paella in the sky, claims flamenco tutor
publisher = "
date = 6 June
url = http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/acclaimed-travel-book-is-paella-in-the-sky-claims-flamenco-tutor-731265.html
accessdate = 2008-09-30] Webster strongly denied the allegations, describing the book as "essentially true".
Webster's second book, "Andalus – Unlocking the Secrets of Moorish Spain", examined the deep impact left on Spain – and by extension the rest of
Europe– by the Moorishpresence and was adapted as a radio play by the BBC. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/dramaon3/pip/xkqh7/]
His most recent book, "¡Guerra! Living in the Shadows of the Spanish Civil War", looks at the wounds left by the civil war on contemporary Spain.
The Timesdescribed it as reading like "a political thriller", concluding that Webster "writes staggeringly well". [cite web
title = The Times review
publisher = "
date = July
url = http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article2064533.ece
accessdate = 2008-09-24]
Apart from his books, Webster has also written for the British newspapers
The Guardian, The Observer, and The Daily Mailand reviews regularly for the New Statesmanand Sunday Telegraph.
He has appeared in several British TV documentaries, including 'The Islamic History of Europe', presented by
Rageh Omaaron BBCtelevision, and the critically acclaimed 'Andalusia: The Legacy of the Moors' for Five.
He lives in Valencia, and on a mountain farm in Castellón in eastern Spain with his wife, a flamenco dancer and actress.
* [http://www.jasonwebster.net Official website]
* [http://www.apwatt.co.uk/author_full.asp?author_id=345 AP Watt web page on Jason Webster]
Reviews of Webster's books
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2002/dec/28/featuresreviews.guardianreview13 Review of "Duende"] in
* [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2004/03/28/boweb28.xml Review of "Andalus"] in
* [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2006/07/09/boweb02.xml Review of "Guerra"] in the
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