I am a shopper of guidebooks. I like arriving in a new place, whether to visit or live, having an inkling of the history, geography and culture, and a rough idea of what I'd like to see. Matthew Hirtes, in his Going Local in Gran Canaria provided all that and more.
As well as the practical Hirtes offers the whimsical, whether describing the view from the loos (toilets) at Artenera or a recipe for the perfect cubata. I am still smiling at his description of warm-up exercises for a surf lesson as being "lifted from the Kama Sutra".
His knowledge of Gran Canaria is organic, tilled from both islanders and his own boots-on-the-ground research. His evaluations, good and bad, lend credence to each place mentioned.
This guidebook should be read before boarding the plane and then kept handy as you follow his suggestions for a memorable stay on his adopted island.