Hello. Thanks for stopping by. I’m a journalist/writer, formerly deputy editor of the Official Chelsea Magazine, who covers the Canaries for the likes of Condé Naste Traveller and The Independent. After co-authoring JPM Guides This Way Gran Canaria, I penned Going Local in Gran Canaria as a retort to those who lazily consider the island as the preserve of the bucket-and-spade brigade.
Louise Parkin, editor of Living Spain magazine reckons “Matthew Hirtes probably knows more about Gran Canaria than many who were born there.” Her critique concludes with “Going Local is an engaging and authoritative guide for visitors and new residents alike.” Victoria Twead, author of Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools, Two Old Fools – Ole!, and Mouth-Watering Spanish Recipes is just as complimentary. She salutes ”an extraordinarily honest, detailed, colourfully-written guide that both informs and entertains. Highly recommended.”
The punters have been lapping it up on Amazon too. One Robin Jones declares: “The style is engaging, avuncular and gonzo; bearing the unmistakeable stamp of the author’s (a fine journalist) personal experience.” Elsewhere, Charlotte Hanson warns readers: “Do not expect your average guide to negotiating the nightclubs and English breakfast joints. This is completely different. Buying this book would be a sensible investment for those planning a holiday on the island, but an essential “bible” purchase for those intending a new life there.”
As well as taking a look inside on Amazon, you can sneak a peek on Book Preview. Here, you’ll also find a glossary, FAQ, and related resources. So, well worth checking out.