Re: Article Portimão’s canning industry

Dear Editor,

I really enjoyed an article by Isobel Costa (read it at entitled ‘Portimão’s canning industry’) – very informative! My wife and I recently visited the museum while we were on holiday in Lagos and we found it absolutely fascinating.

I am toying with the idea of writing a story/novel set in Portugal around 1910. It would mainly be based in Lisbon but it is highly likely to also have an Algarvean dimension.

I therefore need to do my research. Sadly, I’m ashamed to say that I do not speak Portuguese … So I’m on the hunt for any and all literature, in English, about the Algarve and Portugal generally covering that epoch. Any subject whatsoever, relating to the politics, religion, industry, fishing, education, social structures, geography, transport, agriculture, fashion and culture of those times.

I’d gratefully receive any recommendations for both non-fiction and fiction titles.

Of course, I haven’t picked the era around 1910 by chance. So if I could get any material relating to the revolution and the beginnings of the republic, that would be fantastic.

If your readers could help me in this quest, by emailing me at, it would be great to hear from them.

Huge thanks in advance.

Mark Toal
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