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A Lizard in My Luggage: Mayfair to Mallorca in One Easy Move (Mallorca (Anna Nicholas)) [Paperback]

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5 Mar 2006 Mallorca (Anna Nicholas)
Anna had never liked the idea of Mallorca, thinking it was for the disco and beerswilling fraternity. That was until her sister hired an au pair from a rural part of the island who said it was the most beautiful place on earth. On a visit, Anna impulsively decided to buy a ruined farmhouse. Despite her fear of flying, she kept a foot in both camps and commuted to Central London to manage her PR company. But she found herself drawn away from the bustle, stress and the superficial media world towards the tranquil life. She soon realised that her new existence was more enriching and fulfilling. She was learning to live life for its moments rather than race through it in the fast lane. "A Lizard in My Luggage" explores Mallorca's fiestas and traditions, as well as the ups and downs of living in a rural retreat. It is about learning to appreciate the simple things and take risks in pursuit of real happiness. Most importantly, it shows that life can be lived between two places.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (5 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840245654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840245653
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,745 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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"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
Format:Paperback
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lizard In My Luggage 3 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars a book for our times 19 April 2007
Format:Paperback
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You really can have it all! 18 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 1 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Just couldn't put this book down, and now I can't wait for the next book to find out what everyone is up to! I've been to many of the places Anna talks about, her stories bring them so much to life I was transported. She's a great storyteller.

If you've read Peter Kerr's Mallorcan adventures and enjoyed them, then you'll enjoy this one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuinely Original Read 20 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
It's good to find a book about relocating that gives an entirely dfferent slant. Unlike many books in this genre, this story swings between London and Mallorca where the author has set up home with her family. It's about the new phenomenon of living and working between two completely different places, something which I'd like to do myself! It's a hugely entertainly read, funny, touching and at times completely quriky. The characters are pretty mad in London and charismatic in Mallorca-a clever way of balancing the frenetic life of London with the more nurturing existence in rural Mallorca. So refreshing to find such an original read..and I adored the toad!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant and Authentic Read! 19 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiration for The Hesitant Dreamer 22 Mar 2007
By P. Kerr
Format:Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Two chapters were enough
I hate not finishing books. I have ploughed on stubbornly through some absolute stinkers over the years but found the author so intensely irritating, and the cast of characters so... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daveybuk
4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read
I took this on holiday with me to Palma, and as the book is set in Mallorca it was a really great read. Have since read the second book 'Cat on hot tiled roof'.
Published 6 months ago by Allison Murrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Escaping today!
Another on my reasons to rate this highly, is that it is yet another good read! See what you think, read the info from the sight before you buy.
Published 6 months ago by P. Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
Easy reading liked it as reminded me of holidays in Northern Majorca - beautiful area, just ok though generally not much story
Published 6 months ago by Macc lass
5.0 out of 5 stars Mayfair or Mallorca - no brainer!
A slice of the good life in Soller coupled with fraught trips back to London served with lots of humour and a dopple of cream!
Published 8 months ago by anniepannie
5.0 out of 5 stars Daring to chose a new life
A wonderful book, giving the reader details of the journey taken by her gut feelings from pressurised work in London, to living a rural life, in Mallorca. Recommended
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. L. W. Baxendale
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
a very easy and pleasant book to read.the author has a very good sense of humour which is captured in this book.
i will be reading the follow on books
Published 9 months ago by bob foster
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of Mallorcan escapism
Hey, it's easy going just like a week in Mallorca. Anna definitely evokes the mood and tastes of this great Island. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Simon Quick
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Would reccommend it . Wwe spent a great deal of time ouy in Mallorca years ago and founf this to be a refreshing reminder of our time out there
Published 12 months ago by Gillian McCallum
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read
Read this whilst staying at a villa in Puerto Pollensa so could relate to the author and her life in Majorca. Read more
Published 12 months ago by janet
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