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Michael Jacobs (writer)

This article is about the writer. For the playwright and producer, see Michael Jacobs. For the footballer, see Michael Jacobs (footballer).

Michael Jacobs (Genoa, Italy 1952) is a writer[1] of Irish/Italian ancestry with particular interest in Travel, History of Art, Spain, Latin America and Gastronomy. His most successful popular work in both English and Spanish has been The Factory of Light: Tales from my Andalucian Village (2004), a true story but with a flavour of the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez.


Jacobs' writing initially specialised in introducing Fine Art to the general reader. He has continued with these works but lately has produced books which capture the day-to-day life especially of Latin countries and relate that to an historical and political context.

To the new reader Jacobs may appear 'intellectual' or 'literary' but he has rare talent in being able to write recent works such as The Factory of Light which is close to the popular current genre of the English emigre setting up home in Southern Europe, but also books such Between Hopes and Memories which is a snapshot of Spain in the post-transition economic boom of the 1990s and classic travel writing such as the semi-autobiographical Ghost Train Through the Andes and The Andes.


  • Mythological Painting (1979)
  • Nude Painting in the History of Art (1979)
  • Guide to European Painting (1980)
  • Companion to Art and Artists in the British Isles (1980)
  • The Knopf Traveler's Guides to Art: France (1984)
  • Traveller's Guide to Art: Great Britain and Ireland Mitchell Beazley Traveller's Guides to Art (1984)
  • Good and Simple Life: Artist Colonies in Europe and America (1985)
  • A Guide to Provence (1988)
  • A Guide to Andalucia (1990)
  • The Road to Santiago de Compostela Architectural Guides for Travellers (1991)
  • Barcelona Blue Guide (1992)
  • Czechoslovakia Blue Guide (1992)
  • The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence (1994)
  • Madrid: Architecture, History, Art (Philip's City Guide (1992)
  • Between Hopes and Memories: Spanish Journey (1994)
  • The Painted Voyage: Art, Travel and Exploration, 1564-1875 (1995)
  • Andalucia Pallas Guide (2003)
  • In The Glow Of The Phantom Palace (2003)
  • Madrid for Pleasure (2003)
  • The Factory of Light: Tales From My Andalucian Village (2004)
  • Alhambra (2005)
  • Ghost Train Through the Andes: On My Grandfather's Trail in Chile and Bolivia (2006)
  • The Andes (2010)


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