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A Chorus of Cockerels: Walking on the Wild Side in Mallorca Paperback – 9 Jun 2016
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About the Author
As a freelance journalist, Anna Nicholas has contributed to titles that include The Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Independent, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Evening Standard, Tatler and UltraTravel. She contributes a monthly column to Telegraph Expat and a weekly column to Majorca Daily Bulletin. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has been an international adjudicator for The Guinness Book of Records. Together with explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell, OBE, she once organised an expedition to carry a grand piano to the remote Wai Wai tribe in Guyana which was the subject of a BBC2 TV documentary. Anna runs an international marathon annually on behalf of her favourite charities. Her author website is at www.anna-nicholas.com and she can be found tweeting @MajorcanPearls
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I have read the whole series now and have hugely enjoyed reading them. They are lighthearted in tone but this belies the descriptive powers the author has as the beautiful landscapes of Mallorca come to live in her writing. If you have been to Mallorca these books are especially of interest as Anna Nicholas also extensively writes on the history of the island which is particularly fascinating with all the influences through wars and invasions over the centuries, including the Phoenicians, Romans and Moors. The author decided to move to the Soller valley permanently with her husband and son while leaving behind a very successful career in public relations in London. She intersperses her writing on Mallorca and all the friends she has made there with all the ongoings in PRland in London where she keeps a foothold with some PR contacts. The various public relations adventures in London with an interesting cast of characters are very funny although I do wonder how much is made up or embellished as PR people are good at that sort of thing. Not that that matters.
Anne Nicholas, her husband “The Scotsman” and son Ollie make a delightful family and it is lovely to read about them and all the daily ongoings in their finca, with their neighbours and the surrounding land where they grow vegetables and keep all sort of animals. The author, apart from being a talented writer is obviously an extremely fit person as apart from all her writing she runs regular marathons for charity and in this last book she and a friend even do 300km of the Camino de Santiago, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in mainland Spain, which made for another enjoyable chapter in the book. She and her family have made a great life in the Soller valley of Mallorca.
I have visited Mallorca on various occasions and these books will encourage me to go back and see more places of interest and do some more travelling around. I wholeheartedly recommend these books for lovers of Mallorca and for every one who is thinking of going there. They are lighthearted in tone but also impart interesting historical facts and wonderful descriptions of the landscape.
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