|South from Granada|
I am alternating 'South from Granda' with 'Eastern Approaches' by Sir Fitzroy Maclean, a more logical follow-up to 'Persia and the Great Game'. Fitzroy was having supper in our kitchen one evening with my stepson and an Iranian friend from school, when my stepson's friend suddenly exclaimed in a perfectly friendly manner that he realised that Fitzroy had kidnapped his uncle at pistol point at some point in their (Fitzroy and the uncle's) careers.
I wanted to read Russian with Spanish at university, but it turned out at that time that one could only read either language with another such as French, not as a pair. This was disappointing. I saw Spain and Russia as having quite a few general similarities: both, for example, having been invaded by Islamic powers at one time, and being both situated geographically on the fringes of Europe.