Andy Rumbold’s eloquent and evocative first novel was shortlisted for distinguished
novelist Susan Hill’s Long Barn Books First Novel Award.
It’s summer 1995 and Dan Willis is living in Santander, northern Spain, trying to
get his life back on track, when he gets an unexpected call from an old school friend,
Billy Wyatt, who he hasn’t seen in years.
A veteran of the Gulf War, Billy has taken time out to travel through Europe and
wants to visit Dan in Spain. Wishing to plan a surprise, Dan invites two other school
friends out without telling him.
‘The Last Fiesta’ traces the reunion and subsequent shared journey of the four old
school friends through the stunning Basque country, up into the mountains of the
Picos de Europa, then onto Pamplona for the running of the bulls.
As the friends travel, dark truths about their pasts emerge and entwine them in a
way that will ultimately lead to disaster.
‘A stunning debut novel… I cannot overstate how impressed I am.’