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There was a new arrival on the Costa Blanca this week. This arrival came in the form of a unique book called ‘The Campoverde Story’.

Why a book on Campoverde? The reason being that until the 1960s there was no such place as Campoverde. The land was part of rural area where very small pine trees and scrub grew and the place inhabited mainly by rabbits.

Where is Campoverde? Drive along the N-332 between Torrevieja and Cartagena and turn left at Pilar de la Horadada. After going through this small town keep straight on until the road turns into the CV-925. After 5km lies the village of Campoverde.

Why write a book about Campoverde? Because Campoverde is a gem of a place! This delightful village is very international and self-contained with its services. Apart from the usual businesses, it has its own branch of the local Ayuntamiento, a medical centre, a dentist, two chemists and two vets’ practices. It also has, among its residents, people who lived in Campoverde when there was nothing there except three houses.

It has taken two years for the research to be completed which has included interviewing many of the pioneers of many nationalities, both in Campoverde and its nearest neighbour, Pilar de la Horadada. The timing of this book has been crucial as many of the original residents have either left Spain or have died. The majority of the remainder are now in their later years, so it was essential to interview them while their memories were still clear and vivid.

This unique book, complete with photographs, includes the history of Campoverde, stories of some of the residents, anecdotes and also has the highs and the lows from the earliest times to the present.

This edition, a paperback with over 200 pages, has been published in English by ‘uncafe taller grafico’ in Pilar de la Horadada. It is now being translated into Spanish with the Spanish edition being available as soon as possible.

This is not a book that can be found on bookshelves of shops. Because of the high cost of printing, the author, Val Thunem, wishes to keep the sale price as low as possible. In order to do this she is selling the book herself from the front terrace of Matilde’s the newsagents in Campoverde every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings from 10am until noon. Orders can be placed by sending an email to at a cost of 10€ plus package and posting.

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