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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (6 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840247606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840247602
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,195 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 Mirror

'... has a tremendous gift for descriptive writing' --Nicholas Parsons

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. P. Richards on 14 July 2009
Format: Paperback
Anna Nicholas has done it again. Her third book in her sequence about living two lives, as a resident of sun-drenched Mallorca, and a PR mover and shaker in Mayfair and beyond, is as joyful, hilarious and as full of quirky insights as its predecessors.

Except, what makes this book a clever departure from the other two, is Anna's passionate foray in to archaelogy, focusing on Myotragus the miniature goat, who scampered over Mallorcan wastes in ancient times. Anna's respectful evocation of Dorothea Bates's discovery of the enigmatic creature is moving and entertaining in equal measure, and adds depth and contrast to Anna's own, and continuing voyage of discovery.

Whilst Myotragus is the wonderfully offbeat focus of the book, we can also delight along the way at the progress towards completion of Anna's hotel for cats, which, with the emphasis on creatures very much alive today (!), and mewing for bed and board and plenty of stroking whilst their owners are away on holiday, provides feline counterpoint to the archaelogical storyline.

But let's not forget the richly varied, at times hilarious, human menagerie which always makes reading Anna Nicholas such a treat. From sultry, sulky models who are refusing to do a swimming pool dive during a photoshoot for fear that their dyed blonde hair will turn green, to highly exacting cross-dressing clients, to her ever-smiling, long-suffering "Scotsman" who takes furtive refuge in smoking his beloved "puros", and an overweight Mallorcean postman who insists on taking up jogging alongside our heroine, this book is a constant source of entertainment, and a fund of delicious anecdotes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Collier on 9 July 2009
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Readers of "A Lizard in my Luggage" and "Cat on a Hot Tiled Roof" may have shared my initial apprehension that Anna Nicholas would be unable to match their excellence with this third title in her series on a hectic life split between the chaos of London and the tranquility of her beloved Soller valley in Mallorca.

How stupid could I be!!

"Goats from a Small Island" continues this delightful central theme with the addition of numerous new quirky characters and episodes from her professional life as a PR consultant, contrasted with the warmth and generosity of her Mallorcan friends and neighbours who have so obviously accepted Anna and her family into their lives with such genuine affection.

Anna's unique gift for entertaining writing shines through once more, painting a rich picture of a life full of enjoyment and hugely funny encounters. Every turn of the page left me eager to read more of this idyllic existence on one of my favourite holiday islands.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Amy Dear on 17 July 2009
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Having quickly devoured the first two books on my last holiday I was delighted to find the third in the series waiting for me this summer. I am pleased to say this book exceeded my expectations! How lovely it was to be plunged back into Anna's welcoming world with descriptions so vivid you can almost smell the paella and characters so vibrant you'd swear you've met them! It really was the perfect holiday read: light, hysterically funny and extremely well written. The book works brilliantly as a sequel but equally a friend of mine borrowed it and seemed to enjoy it just as much without having read the previous installments. I hasten to add she has swiftly rushed out to complete her collection with the first two!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Kerr on 14 July 2009
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It's well known that writing an equally-successful sequel to a popular first book is both difficult and rare, but Anna Nicholas did just that. However, in her third book in this series, she has managed, not just to maintain the standard of her first two books, but actually to improve on it.

The writng jogs along at a jaunty pace, interspersed with the excellent descriptive interludes that have become a Nicholas trademark. Consequently, her fans will already be looking forward to the next instalment of these colourful accounts of balancing two very different lifestyles - the idyllic one with her family in the tranquility of the Mallorcan mountains, the diametrically opposed one in the chase-your-tail hurly-burly of the London PR business. And I'm sure Anna Nicholas will continue to satisfy this demand.

Yet the sharp, dialogue-driven narrative that is such a feature of this book suggests that writing fiction would also be a natural outlet for her observational talents. And what better subject to turn her witty attentions to than the big-city hoopla life that she already depicts so spikily in her non-fiction work? It would be a rich mine of material, I'm sure, and I hope she will dig into it one day.

Meanwhile, enjoy the many charms of 'Goats From A Small Island'. It's highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henry A. Togna on 16 Sep 2009
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Well that girl from Mallorca has done it again! What a joyful and super-amusing book, happily sustaining the pleasure of the two earlier ones. The words just jump off the page, and are so beautifully written that it can only be a matter of time before the author delivers us some fiction too.

Nicholas has the uncanny knack of bringing alive day-to-day life on her beloved Island and transmitting it to us so that we share it and its wonderful characters with her. London life for our ever-active author adds other most diverting episodes.

What a vibrant and delightful read, highly recommended to all!
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