What a pleasure this weekend to be invited to lunch near Girona by a book club with a difference – a group of women from Spanish Catalonia (plus one from Holland, one from Portugal and one from Argentina) who meet to read books in English. They had read both of the first two Catalonia books, and, what a relief, they loved them. They found the Catalan background, descriptions and history true to life, and asked some extremely pertinent questions about why I had chosen their region to write about, and how I had done my research. Now, as book 3 of the trilogy, Mediterranean Summer, finally comes out in May, they tell me they are looking forward to finding out what happens to all the characters they have met. I did tell them that the book isn’t only about old characters, and I hope I may have a few surprises in it for them! It is so impressive to find such a group reading with so much empathy in English. And lunch was delicious! Thank you ladies. Do invite me back!