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About fiskeharrison

English author and journalist, broadcaster and conservationist. Author of Into The Arena: The World Of The Spanish Bullfight, shortlisted for Sports Book Of The Year 2011. Editor & Co-Author of Fiesta: How To Survive The Bulls Of Pamplona. Author of 'The Unbroken', finalist for Le Prix Hemingway 2016

THE LAST ARENA: An Essay on Bullfighting – 2019 update

TPP Editor’s Note: As this blog falls in disuse, I leave you with the result of my twenty years research into the world of the bulls on my other site – AFH TLA Editor’s Note: This 10,000 word essay has been … Continue reading

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THE LAST ARENA: The Thrill Has Gone…

El Norte de Castilla ‘The North Of Castile’ ENGLISH VERSION – IN SPANISH ORIGINAL HERE The Joy Of The Thrill Alexander Fiske-Harrison Monday, September 9th, 2019 ENGLISH VERSION – IN SPANISH ORIGINAL HERE Lungs burning, vision fuzzing, heart thumping and … Continue reading

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THE LAST ARENA: For The Love Of ‘Toreo’ – article in ‘Boisdale Life’ on bullfighting

FOR THE LOVE OF TOREO When Englishman, Old Etonian and Boisdale regular Alexander Fiske-Harrison travelled to Spain to write a book on bullfighting, he never imagined that he’d be stepping into the ring himself. But after he picked up the … Continue reading

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Xander’s Blog – Unpopular Truths: Bullfighting & Sufism, Beauty & Wisdom

Click here to go to the page for a very different sort of interview on bullfighting… The Editor

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Open Letter to the Mayor of Pamplona from the FTL

Below is a link to our Editor’s translation of Chapu Apaolaza’s excellent open letter to the (current) Mayor of Pamplona about bullfighting. This is written in Chapu’s guise as spokesman for the Fundación del Toro de Lidia, ‘Foundation of the … Continue reading

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From The Last Arena: Back To School

A fortnight ago I accepted a prize from the most ancient encierros, ‘bull-runs’, in all of Spain, those of the town of Cuéllar. Earlier that morning I nearly died while running them. The bull in the photo-detail below was suelto … Continue reading

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Vocento: “A Gentleman In The Ring”

(Versión original en español aquí.) A couple of weeks ago the eleven newspapers of the Vocento Group in Spain – El Correo, El Diario Vasco, El Diario Montañés, La Verdad, Ideal, Hoy, Sur, La Rioja, El Norte de Castilla, El … Continue reading

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