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Victoria Twead
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3 Oct 2009
Perhaps if Joe and Vicky had known what relocating to a tiny village, tucked in the Alpujarra mountains, would really be like, they might have hesitated... They have no idea of the culture shock in store. No idea they will become reluctant chicken farmers and own the most dangerous cockerel in Spain. No idea they will be befriended by an 85 year old spliff-smoking sex-kitten or rescued by a mule. Life is never dull as they embark on their Five Year Plan. At the end of five years they must decide. Will they stay, or return to the relative sanity of England? Vicky and Joe's story is packed with irreverent humour, animals, eccentric characters and sunshine. 'Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools' was awarded the HarperCollins Authonomy 'Gold Star' in November 2008. 'laugh-out-loud funny...especially the Spanish women heckling over eggs from the The English...hilarious...engaging...the interspersion of recipes is charming' HarperCollins 'This is wonderful. I have tears in my eyes...the humour, the warmth, the joy...I love this book...the two of you sitting on the sofa in that dusty street listening to Spanish tunes on the crackly radio. What a sight you must have been...' Aleck Loker, author of 18 books including 'Ancient Explorers of America'. 'I love the relaxed writing style and easy humour of this. Great stuff!' Denny Gillan, author of 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow'. 'Victoria Twead is a natural storyteller with a knack for charm and wit.' Robin Bayley, author of 'The Mango Orchard'.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (3 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906558353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906558352
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This has to to be THE book for anyone with an interest in moving to Spain or trying to make out what life is like here.

 A very well written and extremely funny book by Victoria Twead, who is an Eye on Spain member and often hangs out around the forums. 

This is Victoria's tale of hers and Joe's move from Southern England to Southern Spain, full of fun and frolics and with a wonderful array of characters that amuse the reader from start to finish.

Highly recommended and perfect for getting any "scrooge" laughing at Christmas.

Justin Aldridge --Eye on Spain, November 2009

Victoria Twead writes a fantastically funny tale of five years living as reluctant chicken farmers in a small village in Almería in Southern Spain. "Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools" is an hilarious rib-splitting read from beginning to end.
We are introduced to village characters, both animal and human, ache for the trials endured by poor Joe, and find ourselves laughing on every page wishing the end wouldn't come quite so soon. We meet characters such as Mother, a spliff-smoking 85 year old sex-kitten, and her daughter Judith, a larger-than-life expat who keeps ten dogs. `That one's called "Half", dear. Always said we'd never have ten dogs, so now we have nine and a "Half".'

But that's not all. Woven into the story are a number Spanish recipes given to Vicky by characters in the book and the village ladies. No wonder HarperCollins described the book as `charming' as well as `hilarious' and `laugh-out-loud funny'. If you liked Chris Stewart's "Driving over Lemons", you won't regret reading Victoria Twead's "Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools".

Take it from me, this is one paperback that should be on every bookshelf and I know people will be talking about B***** and F***, two of Vicky's hens for years to come.

Andrew Camerón --RondaViva Lifestyle Magazine, October 2009

If you're looking to experience sunny Spain, and maybe even life in a tiny village tucked in the Alpujarra Mountains, and without leaving home, then Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools is for you.

Approaching retirement, Vicky and her husband, Joe, one day decide to pack up their bags and leave their comfortable Sussex, England home and settle in the village El Hoya, Spain. It is not long before they come to learn village life is full of surprises and mishaps, with hilarious culture clashes at every turn. When Vicky and Joe unintentionally find themselves chicken farmers, Vicky says, "Oh, please! Our Spanish neighbours already thought we were insane, sitting on the yellow sofa gazing at our flock, letting them hop onto our laps, talking to them."

Whether saved by a mule or sitting at a party table in the middle of the road celebrating a neighbour's birthday (and blocking traffic), 'Chickens' not only paints a warm, funny and colourful picture of rural Spain, but also tells of how two zany Brits came to fit right in. Light-hearted and full of sunshine. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

Erma Odrach --Goodreads, Erma Odrach author of Wave of Terror, October 2009

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Awarded the HarperCollins Authonomy 'Gold Star'.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful slice of Andalucian life! 17 Oct 2009
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This is a wonderful book! I enjoyed every page from start to finish which I reached much too quickly and would have loved if were three times longer! Vicky writes with a wonderful perspective - she and her husband have moved to an idyllic location in Spain, not of course without its trials and tribulations which are most often hilarious - I laughed out loud many times during the book! She has a lovely eye for detail and characterisation born of respect, fascination and the ever present humour that makes this one thoroughly enjoyable read! I can't recommend it highly enough and I really hope Vicky considers writing ''Chickens and Mules... the story continues..." I'd snap it up as I am sure, so would all her fans who have had the pleasure of coming across this lovely story!
Maria (Isabel) McMahon
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Incontinence pants needed!!! 18 Oct 2009
If ever you needed a really good lift to your spirits, then this is the book to read. It is packed full of fun and frolics that can't help but cheer all but the most miserable of creatures.
Such is the mastery of Victoria Twead's writing, that not only can you be enthralled, but you can `see' and `feel' everything. Laugh with them and empathise when things go awry.
You would be sadly missing a damn good read if you bypass this magnificent book. I heartily recommend it. Not to mention it being a ruddy great plus, having Spanish regional dishes included.
A great laugh and cookery book all tied up in one gorgeous little parcel.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED it!! 17 Oct 2009
What a pleasure this book was! I didn't really know what to expect but it had me laughing all along. At the beginning when they forgot Great Aunt Elsa and then knocked over the village fountain... LOL! I felt I was right there with them all the time and I loved it when they got their first chickens. I could feel the Spanish sun and the characters were just hysterical. I think this is even better than Driving Over Lemons, much funnier with better characters.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into another world 30 Nov 2009
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This is one of those books that can just transport you into another more gentle and naturally funny world where the irksome things of everyday life recede and the real humanity of existence resumes importance.The charecterisations are artfully drawn in such a way that one never doubts these people really exist however eccentric.Miss Twead is mining a rich seam of down to earth humour which never fails to captivate the reader.Thank goodnes there is still room for plain good fun and humour in this sometimes difficult world we live in.Full marks - look forward to the next installment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chickens Mules and two old fools 21 Dec 2009
Just finished this book, I put it down as I was getting near the end and wouldn't touch it for a few days as I couldn't bare to finish it, I am missing it already, what a fabulous book, Victoria and Joe who moved to Spain to start a new life, their life in Spain sounds brilliant and they would be mad to move back to England. This is a fabulous read and it took me ages to find it as it is printed to order, what a shame it should be on every book shop shelf, I have told all my friends as we are all great readers and this one ticks all the right boxes, looking so forward to her next one. There is also lots of Spanish recipe's in it which I will be trying, don't know if I should keep this book in my kitchen or just with my other books.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars get ready to laugh out loud! 25 Jan 2010
I read lots of books about re-locating to Spain but this has to be the best of the lot. A very humourous tale of two Brits who move to a Spanish village and set up a new life there. Even if you have never hankered after the good life in Spain, it is a great "feel-good" novel and will bring a smile to your face.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This is a delightfully funny book about a couple who move from England to Southern Spain. Excellent characeters in this book and made me giggle loads. I recommend this book to anyone but particularly if you are thinking of moving there yourself! A great entertaining easy read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fiesta of Spanish fun! 20 Oct 2009
Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools
This is an excellent read filled with fun and sun, one of those page-turners you just can't put down. I especially liked the blend of pathos and humour. A scintillating array of characters that are so real they step off the page. 5* without hesitation, and I would recommend it to anyone with a sense of humour, particularly if you like animals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old fools series
Another amusing book about a couple settling down to a new way of life in Spain. Also with the added bonus of recipes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good easy read
This book does not challenge the intellect but give an amazing insit into Spanish life away from the costa's de
Published 12 days ago by Kayjay
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent read will look forward to the other books in the series.
Published 14 days ago by Marilyn Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect light read for travelling, bed-time etc.
The trials and tribulations of moving to another country told with much humour (in the style of James Herriot -'All creatures great and small). Read more
Published 16 days ago by nick carter
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect read
A perfect holiday read.. loved reading this book and have recommended to friends and family
Published 19 days ago by Ms. E. J. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed and laughed and laughed and cried with laughter and ...
Laughed and laughed and laughed and cried with laughter and laughed a bit more! Even still chuckling weeks after finished it!
Published 20 days ago by Jef Workman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, laugh out loud memoir
I LOVED LOVED LOVED this whole series of books. Victoria Twead is an excellent writer who shares the experiences of herself and her husband who moved to a village house in... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Caryl Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicken , mules and two old fools
this is the 3rd book by Victoria Twead I've read and I'm really enjoying them . they are really well written , you feel as though you are in the village
Published 27 days ago by luv books
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and funny account of living in Spain
Just finished reading it. Excellent and funny account of living in Spain. Highly recommend the book
Published 28 days ago by Billthebrush
5.0 out of 5 stars A lighthearted account of a couple moving to Spain and ...
A lighthearted account of a couple moving to Spain and the people and challenges they meet when they get there. Amusing throughout.
Published 28 days ago by Caroline Wright
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