JASON WEBSTER was born in California to British parents in 1970 and spent his childhood in the US, Britain and Germany. He first moved to Spain in the early 1990s having graduated in Arabic and Islamic History from St John’s College, Oxford. He has written a dozen books on Spanish themes, including Duende: A Journey in Search of Flamenco; Guerra: Living in the Shadows of the Spanish Civil War; a biography of the Spanish WWII double agent Garbo (The Spy with 29 Names); and the Max Cámara series of crime novels. The fifth of these, A Body in Barcelona (2015), predicted the Catalan independence crisis. In 2011, his short story, ‘Rafaelillo’ was included in OxTravels, a collection of pieces by twenty-five leading travel writers published in aid of Oxfam with an introduction by Michael Palin. In 2013 he presented ‘Flashmob Flamenco’, a documentary on BBC Radio 4 on the response within the Flamenco community to the economic crisis in Spain. He has appeared in TV documentaries for the BBC, Five and the Discovery Channel as an expert on Moorish Spain.
Webster is an award-winning photographer, a founder member of the Bridport School of Writing, and from 2014 to 2017 was the Flamenco correspondent for Classical Guitar magazine. From 2014 to 2017 he created and led a series of cultural tours around Spain for the company Historical Trips, examining the history of the Pilgrimage to Santiago, relations between Moors and Christians in the Middle Ages, and the Spanish Civil War. The last of these was the first comprehensive tour of the conflict to exist and attracted considerable attention from the Spanish press; it was named as one of the best tours of Spain by the Sunday Times. in addition, Webster has written extensively for British and Spanish newspapers, including The Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Observer, and El Asombrario. He is married to the Flamenco dancer Salud and has two children.