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The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: The Complete Cultural Guide

by David Gitlitz and Linda Kay Davidson

A detailed historical narrative describing architecture, history, and sites in each town along the Francés Route.

A Journey to the West, The Diary of a Seventeenth-Century Pilgrim from Bologna to Santiago de Compostela

by Domenico Laffi, translated by James Hall, 1998.

Colorful 17th-c. pilgrim account of the journey from an Italian perspective.

The Pilgrim’s Guide to Santiago de Compostela

edited by William Melczer, 2008.
Translation of the 12-c. Codex Calixtinus with scholarly commentary.  (e-version available)

Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain

by Jack Hitt, 2005.
A few of the anecdotes from this book are in the 2011 film The Way. (e-version available)

The Way Is Made by Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de Santiago

by Arthur Boers, 2007.

The Way (film)

directed by Emilio Estevez and starring Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen plays a homebody optometrist whose adventurous son dies while walking the Camino de Santiago.  Sheen comes to recover the body and ends up walking the route in his son’s place and meeting a motley crew of unlikely new-found friends.

I’m Off Then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago

by Hape Kerkeling
Memoir by a famous German comedian

The Camino

by Shirley Maclaine

The Pilgrimage

by Paolo Coelho

A mystical autobiography of Coelho’s walk on the Camino Francés, a classic!