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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Living the Benidorm! [Kindle Edition]

Alan Thomas Boyd
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Once upon a time, there was a famous windy little road in Benidorm….it was known by the Brits as The Yellow Brick Road. It had businesses on it with themed names…The Lion Rampant, Blueberry Hill, The Wizard, The Travellers Rest and The Yellow Brick Road Carvery. Later on, a little bar called The Tin Man would also appear, but only for a short time. His heart apparently wasn’t in it! Unfortunately, over a period of four years, this little road once paved with gold would see these British businesses close. The dream was over.
This is the story of a family giving up a secure, predictable British life to go and manage a café bar in Spain. They called it living the dream. But this was no ordinary dream. There were tears, frustration, intimidation, depression and laughter - all vital ingredients for insanity. How could they escape from this nightmare?
Close your eyes and tap your heels three times. And think to yourself –There’s no place like home.
Enjoy the journey that took this family over the rainbow and remember to watch out for those “lions and tigers and bears, oh my!”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Turning Leaf Publishing (30 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,012 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alan Boyd was born in the tenements of Kinning Park in the 1960s and later re-housed in a high-rise flat in Glasgow.
He left school at seventeen and obtained employment in the civil service. He later went on to graduate in economics at the University of Paisley and the following year obtained a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde.
He moved to Bradford in the late 90s and worked for several years in the National Health Service before embarking on a life changing adventure to Spain with his young family.
On his return from Spain, he wrote his memoir, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road which made the Kindle bestseller list shortly after its release. His writing has continued with the debut fiction release of his short story collection, Never Died A Winter Yet, and writes his fiction under the pseudonym, Thomas MacLellan.
He currently lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story of living the dream 19 Jan. 2013
By Brian ,
The Costa's in Spain have always been attractive to many Brits as its only 2.5 hrs away by plane.
I purchased this book as like many others, I have travelled to Spain on family holidays and enjoyed them very much.
In particular I know the costablanca very well.No visit there is complete without going to Benidorm which is where this book is about.
Like many Brits too I have often wondered what it would be like to 'live the dream'.
Doesn't the weather seem so bad in Britain? how great it would be to live in Spain and have a different lifestyle.

This book is about the story of a Scottish family who tried to follow that Yellow brick road. It is very well written and takes you on a journey through the families highs and lows. Alan's humour at much of the disasters is quite remarkable as if it had been myself, I would probably not have taken them so well.
I found myself laughing with them at good times and shaking my head in disbelief at the sad times.
This is a real gritty story and Alan gives you all the details about life in Spain.
Your carried along with explanations about their lives, work, friends,and even more importantly their beliefs and hopes that they can make it work.
Its quite remarkable that Alan shares much of his business sense, the people they met and even how much money they made (if any on some days)

If like me, you have always thought the grass is greener on the Costa's you should read this book.
If you've been on holidays to Spain this will be a real eye opener for you, or if like most of us you've always dreamt of living abroad,
make sure you read this book first!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative. Honest. Funny. Entertaining. 9 Jun. 2013
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Enjoyed this book very much. I love Spain and I love non fiction books so no brainer at this price. The easiest way for me to tell a good book is the speed you finish it in. I am going to Marbella in a week and thought this would be good to save for the holiday. Just thought I would read the first chapter to get a feel. Fast forward two nights and I had read all of it . The author is very honest about his families experience in Spain some good times and some very bad. I guess lesser families would have not emerged intact at the end. Anybody who has the slightest urge to buy a bar in Spain should read this book first !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read and informative 12 April 2013
By Dave
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Looked forward to reading this book when i was told it was out. Was not disappointed. Takes you on a rollercoaster of a ride. Would open your eyes in what you have to deal with moving to open a bar in spain. I'd still give it a shot though given half the chance. Well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The author of this book comes across to me as incredibly arrogant and pompous. Whilst the book itself is a mine of information for anyone who is thinking of 'living the dream' by working for 14 hours a day in a cafe/bar, it is also an ok read for those of us who have no intention of doing the same, but are merely curious as to why people want to do it.
The author derides those who contemplate doing exactly the same as he did. He hates ex pats. He hates English tourists. He hates the Spanish, who even have the temerity to speak a different language and have a different way of doing things !
He thinks every other cafe bar is of a lower standard than his was, and the only people who can cook are him and his wife. As far as the cooking goes, he seems like the sort of cook that appears on Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares; He knows it all.
Even though he failed to make a profit, he was outraged when a Spanish bank refused to give him a loan. Hilarious.
After the cafe bar failure he tried his hand with a golf machine. Once again, according to the author, the only idiots were the golf clubs. He's consistent at least.
After they returned to the UK, he found his true home, working for the NHS. He'll be truly at home there, working with all the other deluded, self important types that the public services like so much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I wasn't sure whether to buy this book or not as I didn't know what to expect, but I'm really glad I did. The journey the writer takes us on in this excellent account of his time in Spain is a real rollercoaster ride. It's a journey filled with joy, excitement, sorrow and sadness, although there is some great humour in the book too.

There were times when my heart went out to the guy with the things he had to go through to keep his head above water. On other occasions I laughed out loud as I read about some of the bizarre adventures he went on whilst running the bar he'd proudly built from scratch.

Here was someone starting a new business in a foreign country, in the hope that it would give his family a better life. During his time in Spain, he and his wife would have to overcome difficult obstacles, and deal with some unpleasant people to achieve success.

Not only is 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Living The life In Benidorm' a well written and very iformative book, but it's a book which is warm, honest, candid and extremely funny. It also sends out a warning of how difficult it can be to run a business in another country. So if your thinking of opening a bar or restaurant abroad I would advise you to read this book before you do, as it will give you a true insight into the problems you might face while your trying the dream.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I do like this book and it is a great read for ...
I do like this book and it is a great read for someone like me who enjoys going to Benidorm and I also like Alan but there was a couple of times when I thought a fool and his money... Read more
Published 3 days ago by larrygraysons hairpiece
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anybody familiar with Benidorm.
As I've visited Benidorm a few times before I really enjoyed this book as I could picture all of the places the author was describing, I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed it as... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Cobro
1.0 out of 5 stars poor
Not for me
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest valuable information
Alan - Huge thank you for writing this book enabling others to read a dead honest experiance, it has definitely opened my eyes Thanks,
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read and well written
Read this before buying abroad. it may change your mind. Good read and well written.
Published 1 month ago by jacaldo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
interesting book
Published 1 month ago by Frank Royle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book
Published 2 months ago by sheila farr
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this read and it gives a good insight into ...
Thoroughly enjoyed this read and it gives a good insight into people thinking of "living the dream". It ain't as easy as it seems!
Published 4 months ago by S. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars sad story: ( was recommended this and it was ...
sad story:( was recommended this and it was truly an excellent read
Published 6 months ago by debbie yeomans
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read An interesting
An interesting read

An interesting read
Published 6 months ago by Mrs B Chamberlain
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