What is the best-known book set in Andorra?

See note on methodology

We are getting into the final stretch now, with the first of the micro-states of Europe, perched between Spain and France on the Pyrenees. Today’s winner – far ahead by ownership on Goodreads, and a close second on LibraryThing – is a historical romance about a Scottish mercenary captivated by an Andorran princess – apparently the first of a trilogy about him and his brothers. Published in 2003, set in 1856, it is:

If You Dare, by Kresley Cole

My approach so far has been that if a work is ostensibly set in a particular country, in general it should count. I’ve allowed Shakespeare (and Marlowe) for Denmark and Cyprus (and Malta), and here we have a similar problem: a play set in Andorra, but whose author stipulated whenever asked that he in no way intended it to be set in the real place of that name, but to be considered as a political and human story that could have played out anywhere. Shakespeare would no doubt have made the same defence of Hamlet and Othello, and Marlowe of The Jew of Malta. So today’s runner-up (it’s actually ahead on LibraryThing, but not as far as the other work is on Goodreads) is a 1954 play by a Swiss writer, where perhaps we understand one mountainous country surrounded by more powerful neighbours to stand for another:

Andorra, by Max Frisch

The only other book to score significantly is a 1997 psychological novel of suspense, a man who moves to Andorra after a family tragedy and gets drawn into various unsettling affairs. This too requires a caveat in that the Andorra of the story has a Mediterranean coast, which the real Andorra definitely does not. Its title is also rather obvious:

Andorra, by Peter Cameron

I haven’t found much else.

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1 Response to What is the best-known book set in Andorra?

  1. daveon says:

    The shuttle bit only makes sense if they’d explained more that the only way to get out was through the playground and needed the ground defences turned off. Of course, my problem was with the inspection hatch falling off when opened.

    Bonnie Langford still grates badly. I suspect the problem was living with a grandmother who loved all the variety show crap that she’d been a staple in for a decade. That woman had form. That’s all I’m saying. I agree that Ace was a breath of fresh air into the role. Although as much as I like Sophie Aldred, she could be a little wodden at times.

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