Here at SpainStruck we´re deeply saddened by the sudden death of Rod Younger of Books4Spain.
Although neither myself nor my husband Ramón were close friends of Rod, we were in frequent contact with him and always found him to be cheerful, helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.
Rod helped me to believe in my writing abilities when he asked me for reviews of books about Spain which were on sale on his website.
Passionate about Spain and reading, Rod worked incessantly to promote books in English about Spain among the expat community here. He sought to create a personal, customer-oriented online bookstore to challenge the facelessness of larger concerns. In so doing, he provided writers and reviewers with an online sense of community.
Upbeat and optimistic, Rod never let chronic pain from a medical condition interfere with his heavy work schedule or endless reading list. His condition, though incurable, was not life-threatening and so the news of his fatal heart attack has come as a great shock.
I´ll remember him as he was last September in Madrid on El Espejo´s terraza: funny, friendly and really great company. I´d made a new friend and now I miss him.
Que descanses en paz, Rod.