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Anna Nicholas
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4 May 2010
The dream is near completion. Anna is loosening the reins on her London PR company to spend more time in Mallorca with her family, cattery, chickens and goats, and insists their menagerie will only be complete with not one donkey, but two. She attempts almond harvesting in the countryside amid summertime ant and wasp infestations in the finca, and attends a traditional wedding and the spectacular Sant Juan horse festival in Menorca. Meanwhile, she befriends an elderly poet whose love letters to his fiancé during the Spanish Civil War waft into her field, unveiling a poignant story of bravery and sacrifice. Brimming with humorous and loveable characters, Donkeys on my Doorstep is a charming take on the simple and rewarding life of rural Mallorca.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (4 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849530386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849530385
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anna Nicholas is a wild Celt being of Irish, Scottish and Welsh extraction. She had an eccentric childhood in Kent and London, spending her summer holidays rattling around in the back of an old car, visiting off the map destinations around the world with Barney, her teacher mother and two extraordinary maiden aunts, Minny and Della.

After studying English and Classics at Leeds University, Anna became senior press officer for Help the Aged, often handling fundraising events involving the charity's patron, Princess Diana. She then joined the Guinness Book of Records working with Norris McWhirter, the book's founder, judging crazy records around the world, before joining a luxury aromatics and bathroom company in Jermyn Street. Some years later she successfully ran her own Mayfair travel and luxury lifestyle PR agency in Mayfair.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society having participated in several tough global scientific expeditions with veteran explorer, Colonel John Blashford-Snell, OBE. Together they organised an expedition to carry a grand piano to the Wai Wai, a remote Amerindian tribe in Guyana, that was the subject of a BBC documentary.

Anna runs an international marathon annually of behalf of orphanages in Sri Lanka which she visits whenever she can. Her website is at www.anna-nicholas.com She can be tweeted at MajorcanPearls and has a regular blog at Telegraph Expat under the title Majorcan Pearls www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/

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'beautifully written and highly entertaining' --The Daily Mirror

About the Author

Anna Nicholas writes a weekly page for the Majorca Daily Bulletin, and contributes to Virgin RedHot magazine, easyJet IN-FLIGHT magazine, JetAway magazine and writes a regular blog for The Telegraph. She has also written for the Financial Times, The Independent, the London Evening Standard and Tatler magazine.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anna and Soller 28 July 2010
Format:Paperback
After reading -and enjoying- two of Anna's previous books I happened to meet her in Soller, rather by chance. Well, it is not strange that she writes so brilliant books because she is brilliant. It is strange when you meet someone you know so many things about but I can say she is up to her books. The only surprise is that Alan, the Scotsman, her husband, is not a kind of Tintin's Captain Haddock but rather a Scottish gentleman who has to stand being mocked about getting asleep in the garden at 2 in the morning while listening to the nightingales, rossignols in Catalan. "What Rossignols, Alan, thinking about skiing?

This latest book is as fresh as the others, it makes you laugh -mostly thanks to Anna's PR business crazy clients-, it makes you think -by way of intertwinning the Spanish war memories of an old man, a poet-, and it makes you learn things about Soller and its way of life. And I'm a local! Also Ollie's (Anna's son) opinions give a touch of utter reality to some of Anna's grandiose thinking: "Mother, these people is queuing for the new Art Museum because the entrance is free just for the first three days, not because they love art." Totally true. A fully enjoyable book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want donkeys on my doorstep! 12 May 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book has really seemed a long time coming. The problem of course is that I read faster than Anna writes! It appeared on my doorstep (minus donkeys) just at a time when some really urgent chores were getting way past their sell by dates!
After a long weekend I finally started devouring the book at speed, burning the midnight oil, and realised that Anna's scribblings about their delightful existence provides me with three services. Pure entertainment, a guide book, and a daily diary about their lovely life together. With our many trips to Soller each year I know of many of the local characters and I love to hear about their funny little ways, but I need to meet George and the other quirky clients in order to complete the picture. Anna - you need a road show!
So what now? Our next trip is just six weeks away and we must visit the new Museum in Soller and the house of Robert Graves. We have already poked our noses in to both but this time we will venture past the front door. And I will take this book with me so that I can read it more slowly and completely absorb the story and the information whilst enjoying a refreshing drink at Café Paris. Would I love donkeys on my doorstep? Most certainly! And cats, and frogs, and Johnny the toad, and lemons..................
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer brilliance! 12 May 2010
Format:Paperback
I began reading "Donkeys on my Doorstep" with a sense of great expectation, coupled with some regret, for I knew this book would be the final chapter of the hugely entertaining story describing her family's move from London to Majorca which Anna Nicholas had laid bare so hilariously in her previous three books.

Nevertheless, I was not to be disappointed. Anna has provided another outstanding example of deliciously warm and humourous writing, describing a fresh series of enchanting encounters in London and the Soller valley with immense style and finely tuned comedy.

Once again, we meet Anna's remarkably calm and unruffled husband Alan, their happy-go-lucky young son Ollie and many of the quirky Majorcan locals we have come to love and respect for their honest simplicity, fulsome sense of humour and sheer enjoyment of life in their gorgeous rural setting.

Faithful friends Pep and Juana feature once again, along with the ever present and effervescent Catalina and mad new acquaintances such as Jacinto the "donkey whisperer". We are also given a moving insight into an island life divided by bitter loyalties during the Spanish Civil War as Michel, an elderly poet, remembers a time of suffering, sadness and lost love.

Back in London, Greedy George is up to his scheming ways, and the ever so slightly eccentric Ed finds himself tormented by various awkward situations. We are introduced to monstrous new characters such as "mad hatters" Marcus and Pippa Darley, their drag queen assistant Bruno and the oddities of yet more of Anna's clients, the Claverton-Michaels, while tireless PR assistants Rachel and Sarah try to keep Anna on the straight and narrow.

Although sorry to turn the final page, I had enjoyed reading this terrific paperback enormously as I lounged in the sun during an early May Mediterranean holiday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick reading on a wet day! 9 Jan 2014
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As I really like going to Mallorca and this is a book of many that is located on our sunny Isle, it seemed the best way of offering to someone a little humour on such a lovely isle! Go there and experience the small villages and back-streets and see what is still there among the other pastimes you can visit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars STRESSED WOMAN GOES TO MALLORCA 16 Dec 2013
By JACK
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This book is interesting but at times a bit slow and tedious. The story is okay, but compared to other travel stories it lacks something; I think it lacks charisma.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading But Self Indulgent 20 Mar 2013
By Bippo
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I enjoyed the book but it was somewhat self indulgent which let the book down. A great shame as the subject is interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading 8 Nov 2012
By jaybo
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This is an enjoyable book but there is rather too much about the London end. I would have liked more about the island. Particularly interesting was learning about Mallorca during the Spanish Civil War and the awful times people went through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely written book about life in Mallorca.
Published 16 days ago by J. Mcgarrity
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Just started but VERY promising
Published 17 days ago by elizabeth worts
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a wee bit eager Amazon!
I'm not the fastest reader by a long chalk and I've only just started this book during our recent holiday to Mallorca. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Simonch
5.0 out of 5 stars Not such a jokey title
This does not have quite such a jokey title as some of the other books in the series.
It is more interesting in that it doesn't merely rely on barking mad clients and comic... Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2012 by Woodland Worker
1.0 out of 5 stars Where are the donkeys?
The title for this book is misleading - there are no donkeys in it until right at the end, so if you want to read about keeping donkeys don't bother with this book. Read more
Published on 25 April 2011 by kw
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish We We There!
Anna Nicholas writes about her life in Mallorca with such warmth and humour that every page makes you want to book a flight immediately. Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2010 by Carol Lambert
3.0 out of 5 stars Spinning a short story into a very long one.
Spinning a short story into a very long one.

When I come across a new author I always want to like them as it will open up a whole new experience. Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2010 by Peter Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars ideal gift
I always struggle to find the ideal gift for my step father - then I saw this book. He is over the moon with it - he and my mother have moved to Spain - and are living a similar... Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2010 by Lou-la-belle
5.0 out of 5 stars Donkeys on my doorstep
Just love this latest book by Anna Nickolas. I have read all four & they get better each time. Cant wait for the next instalment.
Published on 4 Aug 2010 by L. S. Glaze
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