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Marion Kaplan

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  • Author of The Portuguese--The Land and Its People, Marion Kaplan is a British-born photojournalist who lived for twelve years in Portugal. Previously, during twenty years in Africa, she worked as freelance for magazines and newspapers including Time and The Observer, experiences that led to her book Focus Africa on Africa's post-independence period. For National Geographic she made a five-month voyage aboard a wooden trading dhow that was among the last to follow the ancient route between the Arabian Gulf and the African coast. Her adventures are recounted, with photos, in her 2015 book So Old a Ship. She now lives in southwest France.
    Praise for Marion Kaplan 'Marion Kaplan is a photo-journalist who has lived in Portugal for most of the last decade, and her sympathetic eye provides and excellent portrait of the land and its people... From Portugal's medieval kings to its 20th-century dictator, from its far-flung empire to modern family life, this is a wide ranging look at what has turned Portugal into the land we know today.'
    The Good Book Guide.
    'Anyone thinking of offering Portugal as a subject for Mastermind should certainly start here. I learned a lot from the book, and imagine that most readers, Portuguese and foreign alike, would do so too... What comes through very clearly is the author's infectious enthusiasm for her subject and her lively, good-humoured and inquisitive mind.'
    Cultura.
    'In this book [Kaplan] informs, stimulates and opens eyes...This book will give guests a new regard, a new understanding and a new affection for the people and the place.'
    The Portugal Post. 
    'Sympathetic, perceptive, lively and full of information.'
    Times Literary Supplement.
    'Here is a book about Portugal and the Portuguese which succeeds in giving us a view, a kind one, without falling into the familiar trap of paternalism or banal anecdote. It is a work of merit, well written and researched...a dynamic portrait. The Portuguese could well to read it!'
    Clara Ferreira Alves.
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