The Main Street ‘Don Juan’

Mark Sanchez – who recently received the Cultural Ambassador award at the 2nd Gibraltar Cultural Awards – has been writing about Gibraltar for the last fifteen years. In this period he has published novels, short stories, historical fiction, travelogues, family memoirs, books of essays, as well as shorter pieces for a range of different publications. He also been invited to speak about his books at different European universities and has seen his work discussed and lectured about by European and American academics.  Very soon he will be publishing Gooseman, his fourth full-length novel and thirteenth book on a Gibraltar-related subject. As part of the build-up to Gooseman’s release, we will be publishing a series of extracts from some of Mark’s fiction and non-fiction books.  Today we are publishing an extract from Solitude House, Sanchez’s second novel. Its protagonist and narrator is John Seracino, a sexist, womanising doctor who in the novel ends up getting a nasty comeuppance. In the passage below the devious and immoral Seracino explains the inspiration for his womanising methods:

The Main Street ‘Don Juan’

By M.G. Sanchez

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Strait Crossing, 1982

Mark Sanchez – who recently received the Cultural Ambassador award at the 2nd Gibraltar Cultural Awards – has been writing about Gibraltar for the last fifteen years. In this period he has published novels, short stories, historical fiction, travelogues, family memoirs, books of essays, as well as shorter pieces for a range of different publications. He also been invited to speak about his books at different European universities and has seen his work discussed and lectured about by European and American academics.  Very soon he will be publishing Gooseman, his fourth full-length novel and thirteenth book on a Gibraltar-related subject. As part of the build-up to Gooseman’s release, we will be publishing a series of extracts from some of Mark’s fiction and non-fiction books. Today we are publishing an abridged extract from The Escape Artist, Sanchez’s first novel. Its protagonist and narrator is Brian Manrique, a Gibraltarian civil servant travelling from Gibraltar to Spain via Morocco in the days when the frontier was closed.

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