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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse UK (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452085315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452085319
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,468,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In January 2006, Jo Hamilton and her partner, Tony, left behind all that had become routine and boring in the UK to live the 'dream' on Spain's Costa Blanca. They are no longer a couple. If you have any comments about A Place In The Currant Bun you can contact Jo via her website: www.bitter-lemon.net.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. flynn on 15 Mar 2013
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I finished this book with great difficulty and only did so in order to write a review. It did not surprise me that the writer's partner had been having affair. He had probably had enough of the relentless complaining and endless negativity. How does anyone expect to go to Spain with no language and find it easy? Why would anyone be surprised to feel like they were living in a retirement home when they had bought a villa in a community of English speaking people well away from a town? Why would anyone move to a country without enquiring about health care? Why would anyone be surprised that they had been burgled in a community wher many of the homes are empty holiday homes. The writer has nothing to say about the very warm and friendly Spanish people, the wealth of culture, tradition and art, the architecture or food. In fact the only facet of Spanish life of which they have knowledge is bureaucracy. I would not advise anyone to read this in advance of going to Spain. Read something with objective facts rather than subjective and whiney complaints.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Little Andy on 4 Feb 2011
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I couldn't put this book down...Honest, truthful and heartfelt, I so easily related to the problems encountered, although my own have been nowhere near as bad as yours and your friend's were.
Reading your book made me realise that although I do not wish to live in the UK any more, the GRASS IS GREENER scenario just DOES NOT apply to living on the Costa Blanca..The grass is brown for a start and personally, I've never worked harder in my life.
Your book put a whole heap of situations and scenarios into perspective and I thank you for your insightful look into the all too often painful realities of life out here...not all bad, but certainly not a dream. THANK YOU
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tomal on 14 Nov 2010
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a must read for anyone considering or who has dreamt of an idylic life in the sun.

a thoroughly enjoyable,informative and extremely entertaining book.

highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Naomi on 9 July 2012
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Having lived in Spain for six years, and really missing the sun and relaxed lifestyle I bought this hoping that it would take me back, even if only in mind.
How different Jo's experiences were to mine.
I loved everything about Spanish life and just felt sad that they did not feel the same.
Well worth reading, but don't let it put you off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jumar on 3 Oct 2011
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I agree totally with this review. The author of the book made so many mistakes - who would buy two properties anywhere never mind in a foreign country in an area the didn't know! and always refer to Britain as home! I live in Spain (fourteen years) and have had very few problems except with other Brits! Our Spanish friends want me and my husband to go on a Spanish TV programme to show that there are Brits out here who don't fall into the stereotype the Spanish have of many expats.

Nevertheless if this book prevents others from coming here for a quick fix to their problems its a good thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By expara on 11 Dec 2010
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At last a book about Spain that tells the truth. Obviously some people have found "the dream", but I suspect a lot more have found the turmoil that goes with moving abroad.Perhaps this book should have been published when the TV programmes about moving abroad were all in vouge, at least you would have had a balanced view.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Berty006 on 19 Nov 2010
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This is probably the most extraordinary book you will read for a long time. Although the premise has been done before you will have only read the "Rose Tinted Specs" version. I don't believe it has ever been told from this perspective before and is brutally honest. What happens when the "dream" is shattered is extraordinary and for some will be hard to read but read it you must...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Thompson on 28 Oct 2010
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This book is worth a read if you are considering moving abroad. Whilst the author's story is specifically about her experiences in Spain, most of the issues raised are general ones which can be overlooked in the excitement of moving to that dream home in the sun. A few pounds spent on this book could sufficiently forewarn the reader to unforseen pitfalls, and possibly save thousands of pounds spent on the wrong property in the wrong location.
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