Andy Rumbold’s eloquent and evocative first novel was shortlisted for distinguished novelist Susan Hill’s Long Barn Books First Novel Award.
It’s summer 1995 and Dan Willis is living in Santander, northern Spain, trying to get his life back on track, when he gets an unexpected call from an old school friend, Billy Wyatt, who he hasn’t seen in years.
A veteran of the Gulf War, Billy has taken time out to travel through Europe and wants to visit Dan in Spain. Wishing to plan a surprise, Dan invites two other school friends out without telling him.
‘The Last Fiesta’ traces the reunion and subsequent shared journey of the four old school friends through the stunning Basque country, up into the mountains of the Picos de Europa, then onto Pamplona for the running of the bulls.
As the friends travel, dark truths about their pasts emerge and entwine them in a way that will ultimately lead to disaster.
‘A stunning debut novel... I cannot overstate how impressed I am.’
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Andy Rumbold was born in London. After graduating from Birmingham University, he decided to spend six months in northern Spain, but stayed for four and a half years. He is now back in England, teaching English and Spanish at a school in Surrey, and working on his second novel.Review:
The moment you start this book you will be hooked. The characters grow on you like friends and the revelations and plot twists force you to keep turning the pages. You just know that something dark and terrible is about to happen and the further you go the darker it becomes. This is a stunning debut novel and I cannot overstate how impressed I am. Andrew Crofts
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