Mark Colenutt


Born 1970 in Plymouth, Devon and eventually washed up on Spanish shores. I took root in Madrid after four years in London at teaching college. Soon after that, I ventured further south settling in Seville in the old gypsy district of Triana. Eleven years later and it was time to move north again and to the town of Girona, an hour and a half from Barcelona and nestled in a politer landscape.

A teacher by training, an MA in history, two published titles to date, a further 3 books in the editing phase and a novel in the making.

My interests primarily revolve around history and Spain, while my pipeline-novel will be a complete break but something I have coveted forever.

I am presently engaged in a historical title concerning the British Raj and then I will return to completing the editing of my cultural title on Europe's most colourful city: Seville.

That is all till now, hopefully there will be more to come, readership willing.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Shire, Devonshire to be exact, and the green rolling hills, polite rumbling streams and abundant rain give you a sense of rural idyll and perhaps these are elements that seep into my writing.

Walking along a Devon river far from the madding crowd is all the meditation I ever needed, there was no need for me to rush off to another part of the world to find myself. That is something GK Chesterton also commented on when he said if you were looking for adventure then you needn't travel abroad for it, all you had to do was jump over your garden wall and introduce yourself to your neighbour.

I did, however, eventually move abroad but that was not to replace the person I was it, was rather to build upon the person I had become and extend my experiences into the unknown.

So, my background in England's intimate countryside, which is one thing nearly all English people miss when living abroad, is certainly an emotion that has inspired me and something I try to put down in words to share while seeking to transmit other emotions of equal worth.
When did you first start writing?
I was forced to return to England just as my life in Spain was beginning to have quite a serious leg operation, which saw me in plaster for 3 months and a further 3 for rehabilitation. I was determined that those 6 months had to mean something and I picked up the electronic typewriter, state of the art then (laptops didn't exist), and begin writing about my experience of what it was really like to go to another country when you knew little about it, didn't speak its language, had no contacts or no job lined up..

I had read Peter Mayle's 'A Year in Provence' and that was a completely different experience. Going to retire in a country is not the same as having to work in a country, shoulder to shoulder with the locals on a daily basis. I had also started with nothing. That was my driving force in writing my first book. I started at the age of 25 and pressed the last full stop key four years later. I was euphoric for about 5 minutes before I sat down again and started with the editing...
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Where to find Mark Colenutt online

Where to buy in print


Jousting with Windmills - A Journey into the Heart of Spain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 114,310. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Without a word of Spanish to his name, Mark was perfectly prepared to leave home behind and begin life in Spain teaching English. Under his arm was a copy of Don Quixote, which acted as his indirect guide to the nation's psyche. His ambition was to learn the language, travel the country, unlock Cervantes' novel and add to his outlook on life. What he hadn't counted on was precisely what happened.
Handbook to the Legacy & Odyssey of Don QuiXote - Everything the armchair academic needs to know about the greatest novel ever written
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,680. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Essay » Literature
If the literally great and good consider Don QuiXote to the best novel ever written then this Handbook is for the culturally curious, who wish to grapple with the greater picture of world literature and its universal meaning. It will also take you briskly through the novel and explain its influence on the English language and European thought, closing with a trip through Castilla-La Mancha.

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