The Reluctant Expat: Part One - Surprised by Spain #ad - A coin dealer by trade and an idler by nature, bernie and, himself, his new, dynamic attitude surprises Cathy, as he gets to grips with the language, most of all, tries out new activities and embraces the outdoor life. Despite his initial pessimism, he soon sees that life in their new home has more to offer than he first suspected, and by befriending a pair of local oldies he finds surprising new opportunities opening up to him.
The reluctant expat is alan laycock’s light-hearted account of his transition to life in a new country.
The Reluctant Expat: Part Two - Finding my FeetUnblinkered Press #ad - Finding my feet is the second instalment of the reluctant EXPAT, Alan Laycock’s light-hearted account of his life in Spain. Part three of Alan’s story is now also available.
The Reluctant Expat: Part Three - Getting AheadUnblinkered Press #ad - Getting ahead is the third instalment of the reluctant EXPAT, Alan Laycock’s light-hearted account of his life in Spain. The fourth and final part of Alan’s story is now available.
Settling Down - The Reluctant Expat: Part FourUnblinkered Press #ad - Settling down is the fourth and final instalment of the rELUCTANT EXPAT, Alan Laycock’s light-hearted account of his life in Spain.
Same Circus Different Clowns: The South of France - A Sunny Place for Shady People#ad - Following his first book cookham to cannes, brent tyler continues his mad adventure in the south of France along with his wife, and their dog, Debbie, Guss who is as baffled at what happens to them as everyone else. The lunacy continues as in the early hours of one morning, Brent finds himself in the middle of a lawn with nothing to protect his dignity but a mop.
As you’re about to discover, this was not going to be an easy task. Desperately wanting to stay living and working in their adopted home of the south of France, would Brent and Debbie finally get settled? As lights flashed everywhere and with a villa full of rental guests, would he have to explain himself or had he managed to get away with it?Just managing to slip the grasp of one mentally deranged employer, Brent and Debbie set about finding someone to work for who had at least a modicum of sanity.
Two Old Fools Down UnderAnt Press #ad - New york times bestselling author* When Vicky and Joe wave goodbye to their beloved Spanish village, they face their future in Australia with some trepidation. Now they must build a new life amongst strangers, snakes, and spiders the size of saucers. Accompanied by their enthusiastic new puppy, adventures abound, Lola, both heartwarming and terrifying.
Will the two old fools embrace the Aussie way of life or is it time to stop gallivanting around the globe and return to Britain? .
Lobsters & Lunatics - Cookham To Cannes: The South of France#ad - When brent and debbie tyler’s small publishing business collapsed at the end of 2009, they had to act fast as they’d run out of cash and were about to be evicted from their rented property in Cookham, Berkshire. Deciding that taking a leap into the unknown was better than making no decision at all, they borrowed a little money from some good friends, packed up their belongings and headed to a mobile home site just outside Cannes.
Lobsters & Lunatics - Cookham To Cannes: The South of France #ad - Whilst minding his own business in the garden belonging to one of these certifiable lunatics, Brent gets adopted by a dog with his own obsession, maintaining the author's theory that sanity is an extremely rare commodity in the south of France. Whilst there, they would look for work with the hope of settling in the region.
What no one bothered to tell france’s newest arrivals was that the people they were about to be interviewed by and eventually work for were all blisteringly, yet deliciously mad.
The Reluctant Hotelkeeper: A MemoirTroubador Publishing #ad - Over the years, and with the steepest of learning curves, the grand old building was renovated and transformed to meet the requirements of the modern discerning traveller. After his parents’ marriage fell apart, a barely-trading country house hotel that had, he was dragooned in, to pick up the pieces of their new venture, frankly, at the age of 22, seen better days.
Stories abound featuring idiosyncratic guests, overbearing public bodies, fractured family life and animals of all shapes and sizes. Many were the guests who checked in who really should not have been seen together. This is a tribute to all the people behind the scenes who helped to make the hard-won transformation into a great success.
The local fire station next door was demolished one foggy night, people were frightened by flying dogs and snakes in the long grass, as befits a country house, and there were, strange goings on in the night. Not only was it posting an annual loss, but the fabric of the building was crumbling and there was no money left to make improvements.
The Reluctant Hotelkeeper: A Memoir #ad - There were to be battles royal with neighbours not wanting their status quo to be altered, and with the local fire authority who sought to impose draconian new safety measures. John searancke came to the role of hotelkeeper almost accidentally, and most definitely with much reluctance. A rescue mission originally thought of as lasting for a year or two turned into a 35 year lifetime love affair with a beautiful old building.
Accolades for the hotel and its restaurant were won; together they became a well-regarded destination for a number of celebrities – and those that deemed themselves to be celebrities but were not.
Retirement Italiano: Adventures and Misadventures in a Foreign CultureDonaldson Bain Publishing #ad - Retirement Italiano: Adventures and Misadventures in a Foreign Culture #ad - With humor intact, they encountered challenges, adventures and life-enriching discoveries. Not having made plans for retirement, the author and his wife moved for a time to a small village in Italy to manage a B&B.
A Kiss Behind the Castanets: My Love Affair with Spain Moving to Spain Book 1Ant Press #ad - 1 new release in spain & Portugal Travel, Family Travel, Senior Travel. Perfect for fans of Victoria Twead, Chris Stewart, and Alan Parks. Her glorified image of life abroad is crushed as she battles rogue tradesmen and vicious local wildlife. 1 bestseller in Family Travel, and No. From stalking a neighbour to encountering trees with testicles, will she weather the storms of expat life or wish she had never left the UK? A Kiss Behind the Castanets is the first instalment of Jean Roberts’s lighthearted and uplifting tale in her Moving to Spain series.
No. When jean buys a house in spain following a breakdown, passionate flamenco, she dreams of vibrant Spanish art, and cocktails at sunset.
Dog Days In The Fortunate Islands: A new life in hidden TenerifeMatador #ad - Selling up, they make the move to the north of tenerife, a part almost unknown to the casual tourist – their very own hidden paradise, a world away from the 'tourist trap' that is the south of the island. Follow john and sally as they learn a new language and take on a couple of new hobbies, while Freddie takes off on some unbelievable but true! exploits with his new canine friends.
Relaxed and surrounded by stunning coastal views, life in their new home, is very different indeed! the weather is fantastic, set amidst orange groves and banana plantations, and all of the costs that come with it, the people so friendly and the cost of living outrageously low… what more could they ask for? Adjusting to life abroad, the temperature idyllic, are explained in the book – from buying a new home and sorting out living taxes, to integrating into the local community and taking the dreaded Spanish driving test.
. Together with their beloved jack russell/staffie cross, a rescue dog from the local RSPCA, Freddie, they embark on the journey of a lifetime and relocate to the island of Tenerife. With a colourful collection of characters, travelling anecdotes that stretch from the English Midlands and all the way through mainland Spain in an old classic car, and some not so perfect moments that bring us back down to earth from time to time, this is a series of adventures that you will not want to miss.
Dog Days In The Fortunate Islands: A new life in hidden Tenerife #ad - On the brink of retirement, John and his wife Sally are determined to end a life at the grindstone in grimy and wet Lancashire. The book will also appeal to any dog lovers and holidaymakers who enjoy an interesting story. Dog days in the fortunate islands is an ideal read for those contemplating retirement, moving to the Canary Islands or an extended trip through Spain.