My second book, where I explore a long-held fascination for the complex mixture of Eastern and Western cultures found in Spain. It’s a huge subject, and this is intended as something of an introduction. The book was turned into a play for BBC Radio 3.
‘As Islam and the West prepare to clash once again, Jason embarks on a quest to discover Spain’s hidden Moorish legacy and lift the lid on a country once forged by both Muslims and Christians. ‘He meets Zine, a young illegal immigrant from Morocco, a twenty-first-century Moor, lured over with the promise of a job but exploited as a slave labourer on a fruit farm. Jason’s life is threatened as he investigates the agricultural gulag, Zine rescues him, and the unlikely pair of writer and desperado take off on a rollercoaster ride through Andalucía.
While Jason unveils the neglected Arab ancestry of modern Spain – apparent in its food, language, people and culture – Zine sets out on his own parallel quest, a one-man peace mission to resolve Muslim–Christian tensions by proving irresistible to Spanish señoritas.’
‘Engaging and stimulating…it’s a measure of his achievement …that he’s managed to unlock several of the secrets of Moorish Spain without disturbing the enigma that lies at its heart.’
‘Gripping and original… Webster is a totally engaging travelling companion’
‘Highly entertaining. The writing is refined and elliptical, while Webster handles his material with huge assurance’