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Into The Arena

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Travel & Nature

Into The Arena

The World of the Spanish Bullfight

Alexander Fiske-Harrison

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2011Alexander Fiske-Harrison has spent a year travelling with bullfighters to watch them work in the bullrings and ranches of Spain. Along the way he has entered the ring and ran with the bulls in Pamplona and trained with world famous matador Eduardo Dávila Miura and is on a personal quest to fight a bull in the ring with the aim of winning

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9781847654298 (26 May 2011)

About the book

'Whether or not the artistic quality of the bullfight outweighs the moral question of the animals' suffering is something that each person must decide for themselves - as they must decide whether the taste of a steak justifies the death of a cow. But if we ignore the possibility that one does outweigh the other, we fall foul of the charge of self-deceit and incoherence in our dealings with animals.' Alexander Fiske-Harrison

In a remarkable and controversial book Fiske-Harrison follows the tracks of a whole bullfighting year in Spain. He trains and takes part in the sport himself. He gives us memorable portraits of bull-fighters and bulls, of owners, trainers and fans - of a whole country. Fiske-Harrison offers a fully rounded and involving portrait of an art as performed for centuries and of the arguments that dog it today.

About the author

Alexander Fiske-Harrison was born 1976 and is an English writer and actor. He is best known for writing and acting in The Pendulum in London's West End and has contributed to Prospect, Frieze, The Times and Financial Times.


An informative and breathtaking volume of gonzo journalism

- Herald

The essential incongruity of an Englishman in the ring makes this book an engrossing introduction to bullfighting

- Financial Times

He [Fiske-Harrison] develops a taste for the gruesome spectacle, but what makes the book work is that he never loses his disgust for it...what I really enjoyed about Into the Arena is that after nearly 300 pages I still couldn't quite decide whether bullfighting should be banned or allowed to flourish

- Daily Mail

Into the Arena begins by brilliantly capturing a fascinating, intoxicating culture ... Provides an intriguing introduction to Spain's "great feast of art and danger"

- Sunday Times

Entertaining ... bears comparison with Kenneth Tynan's outstanding book Bull Fever

- Spectator

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Travel & Nature