Portuguese: the Land and Its People

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The history of Portugal is long and colourful, with nations such as the Romans and the Moors invading. The Portuguese explorers who brought back many influences to the country and the many rulers whose sagas are rich in intrigue. This book introduces the reader to local crafts and festivals of Portugal; trade, industry and finance; the family, whose links bind tightly and so influence the country; the geographical land with its beauty - the rivers running from the hills in the east to the sea in the west; the character of the people, attitudes, education; the culture, architecture, paintings and poets and novelists.

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'Sympathetic, perceptive, lively and full of information.' - Times Literary Supplement. 'Anyone thinking of offering Portugal as a subject for Mastermind should certainly start here. I learned a lot from the book, and imagine that most readers, Portuguese and foreign alike, would do so too... What comes through very clearly is the author's infectious enthusiasm for her subject and her lively, good-humoured and inquisitive mind.' Cultura.

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Born in London, Marion Kaplan lived in Africa for more than twenty years. As a freelance journalist, she has written for Newsweek, The Times, The Observer, The New York Times and National Geographic. She is the author of Focus Africa, a book on Africa's post-independence period. Since 1980 she has worked mainly in Europe and lived for several years in an old stone house in the Algarve. She is also a professional photojournalist.

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