Savage Frontier: The Pyrenees in History
C Hurst & Co, £20, hardback, 320 pages
Stretching more than 300 miles along the border between France and Spain, the Pyrenees can be forbidding, with usable routes through the granite and limestone peaks often only available at high altitudes. Despite this, generations of travellers have made their way across the mountain range in search of freedom and safety. This new history of the Pyrenees is, therefore, far from the dry geographical study you might suspect; instead, it’s packed with drama, peril and ambition. From people seeking religious sanctuary to those fleeing the horrors of Nazi-occupied France, their stories offer glimpses into how the physical world shaped life in Europe across the centuries.
Workers involved in the construction of a hydroelectric plant on Lake Gento, one of many projects that aimed to harness the Pyrenees’ natural resources BOOK OF THE MONTH