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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (5 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840245654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840245653
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,718 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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Review

"A beautifully written and highly entertaining account of the
upside of downshifting."
-- The Daily Mirror, April 2007

"A witty and devilishly intelligent foray into the highs and lows of a new life in Spain"
-- Xpat magazine, November 2007

"Anna brings a fresh eye to the genre... you root for her as she
makes her arduous commuting work"
-- Suite 101 website, June 2007

"This is a lively and highly entertaining read... a great piece of writing, a great achievement"
-- Bella Online, July 2007

"Provides much insight into the ways and means for successful
integration in a rural society"
-- Sesame magazine, Spring 2007

'A thoroughly entertaining account'
-- Mallorca On The Move magazine

`A beautifully written and highly entertaining account of the upside of downshifting.' -- The Mirror

`A fast-moving, humorous... inspirational account of her own experiences and how to enjoy the best of both worlds.'
-- Oxford Mail, July 12, 2007

`The narrative trajectory... is handled with humour, with amusing anecdotes and pen-portraits of the vecinos.'
-- Anglo Spain Society, August 2008

`This witty and erudite account... will make an enjoyable read for anyone wanting to live their dream.' -- The Bookseller, January 2007

About the Author

Anna Nicholas is a freelance journalist and PR Consultant. She has run five full marathons in different countries in the last five years and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of Women in Journalism. She has been an international invigilator for the Guinness Book of Records and organised an expedition to carry a piano to a remote Amerindian tribe in South America, which was the subject of a BBC TV documentary.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By RuralBliss on 31 May 2007
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I'm a huge fan of Chris Stewart's "Driving Over Lemons" series and so I picked this up hoping it might be something along the same lines - a nice gentle read for my recent holiday. Well it was and it wasn't. The similarities between the beautifully drawn rural settings were inescapable, but this book actually made me laugh out loud - eliciting some very strange looks from the people sitting on the sun loungers around me. If you really want to escape the stresses of life in the UK I can't recommend it highly enough - even if you are never going to move abroad, this little slice of Spanish paradise is enough to make you feel refreshed and ready to do battle with real life once again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Wyatt on 18 Mar 2007
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At last! The " have-it-all" book for dreamers and realists alike. This book is for anyone who has ever yearned - and let's face it, who hasn't - to get away from the dreary, politically-correct, nanny state that England has become. So many "escape" books tell the same story: Rich Divorcée, Financially Independent Sort or Famous Author buys up dilapidated, rambling property, has legions of tame builders do it up at vast expense and lives happily ever after with nary a mention of the W-word. Work, that is!

This refreshing, inspirational book will help all those are still desperately fumbling for the escape hatch. Those who don't have fat bank accounts, wealthy husbands or wives, haven't just won the National Lottery or, perish the thought, just simply enjoy their jobs,will fall in love with this book. It proves that it really is possible to have a foot in both camps, live in the sun, work in the UK and stay sane.

Surely the low-cost airlines should be selling this by the spade-full.

All in all a beautifully-written, lyrical yet pragmatic book about how to have it all.

Charlotte Wyatt
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Kerr on 22 Mar 2007
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Regular commuting between London and Mallorca? This seems like a strangely masochistic way of life to a homebody country lad like me, whose knowledge of any form of commuting to work amounts to little more than my experience of having shared in the travelling tribulations of Neil Armstrong and Marco Polo. So, the more I got into this slickly-written book, the more I found myself willing Anna Nicholas to turn her back on the 'torture' of flying back and forth between bustling Mayfair and her idyllic mountain retreat, and to make the big break to the full-time 'vida buena' of rural Mallorca once and for all. But easier said than done ... I know!

Her account of how she copes with her double life, including her efforts to overcome a dread of flying and her mischievous pokes at the superficialities of London's PR business, makes for highly entertaining and amusing reading. This book will ring all the right bells for those whose lives are dominated by the routine of crowding into trains, buses and tubes at both ends of every working day. I fancy that most of them will dream of swapping Anna's 'torture' for theirs, but how many would actually take the plunge, even if they could?

Anna Nicholas did, but will she eventually plump for smelling the Mallorcan roses on a permanent basis? Maybe her next book (and I suspect there will be one!) will provide the answer. I look forward to reading all about it when the time comes.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jane Oliver on 3 Jun 2007
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This is a delightful and beautifully written book full of wonderful descriptions and vivid characters. I would say that as a Londoner I probably enjoyed the London scenes more than the Mallorcan ones. The eccentric characters in both places were however delightful, particular the ever wonderful Ed. The only item that did not ring quite true to me was Ed's trip to Mallorca. Somehow I do think this character would have ever have braved his fear of flying even to visit his old friend!! Altogether though an excellent book which I would warmly recommend anyone to read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Stewart on 19 April 2007
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Anna Nicholas has achieved what many aspire to, that is living in a beautiful environment but working where the work is. In this fast moving, humorous and stylishly written account of how the new phenomenon of destination commuting can work in practice, she demonstrates how, with a little determination, anyone can do the same. It is an inspirational account of her own experiences in keeping a foot in both camps, and how to enjoy the best of both worlds. I have no doubt that it will provide encouragement to many others seeking a more fulfilling existence. Her book is a highly enjoyable read and, I predict, the first of many more from this very talented writer.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jenny from Reading on 19 Jun 2007
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It was so refreshing to read this marvellous book which was recommended to me by a fellow book club member in Reading. I loved the completely authentic feel of it, the at times breathtakingly beautiful prose, which I saw was described as lyrical by one of the nationals reviewers. What makes this so different from all the other get away to the sun books is that the characters are so real and the humour is fantastic. I laughed till it hurt and also cried, especially when the author's cat nearly dies and loses her kittens. There are wonderful insights on life in Mallorca, particularly the fiestas and local events so it acts as a great guide as much as a biog on life in a foreign country. I would recommend it to anyone. My copy is now with my daughter and she is already totally obsessed!
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