Feria: Rural memoirs stir longing for Spain’s past

“I envy the life my parents had at my age,” she writes in the book’s first sentence, pointing out that they had a daughter, a house and “a Thermomix” kitchen appliance by then. She, on the other hand, is childless, shares a flat and earns €1,000 (£850) per month, despite having gone to university and travelled widely.