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Giles Tremlett

The Economist Correspondent and contributor of The Guardian. Bestselling author


English, Spanish

Based in Spain since the Barcelona Olympic Games, Giles Tremlett has been the Madrid correspondent for the influential magazine The Economist since 2007 and a contributing editor for the British daily newspaper The Guardian.

Tremlett blends the analytical perspective of a foreign correspondent with in-depth knowledge of the situation in Spain over the past two decades and an insightful understanding of its society and culture. Author of hundreds of articles, he specializes in economic policy implemented in Spain, and has been interviewing presidents of the Spanish government and their finance ministers since the time of José María Aznar.

He has given talks on contemporary Spain at the universities of Oxford, Southampton, London, New York, St. Louis, Stanford and MIT, as well as at the Royal Geographical Society, National Portrait Gallery and the Cervantes Institute. In Spain he is frequently asked to speak about the country’s image abroad as well as foreign policy in the UK and its relationship with the EU.

“Spanish journalism’s self-censorship leads to bitterness, disappointment and questions like “Why do they hate us?”
He was awarded Foreign Correspondent of the Year by the Club Internacional de Prensa (Spain’s International Press Club) in 2011. Giles has worked as the Madrid correspondent for other publications such as The Times (1998-2001), The European (1996-1998) and United Press International.

He is also the author of a bestselling biography of Catherine of Aragon, selected as book of the week by BBC Radio in November 2010. In addition, he has written the book ""España ante sus fantasmas: Un recorrido por un país en transición"", (Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country’s Hidden Past) editions of which have been published in the UK, the US, Portugal, Holland, Serbia and China. It is an analysis of Spanish society that draws on the training he received at the University of Oxford, where he obtained a degree in Human Sciences (Anthropology). In total over 150,000 copies of his books have been sold.

He takes part as a radio and television talk show guest and analyst on networks including Cadena SER (Spain’s premier radio network) and TVE (Spanish national television) and has written opinion pieces for El País.

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