Peacocks in Paradise
By Anna Nicholas
Today I am honoured to be closing the blog tour for Peacocks In Paradise. This is an entertaining travelogue that’s come at the right time, just as people are thinking of exploring, but also at a time when travel is still limited.
Thanks to Random Things Tours for inviting me to review and for Burro Books for gifting me the book.
Go on a journey through the blog post to find out more abou the author and her interesting life, the blurb and my review of her entertaining book.
About the Author
ANNA NICHOLAS is of Celtic origin & has lived for 18 years in rural Mallorca. An inveterate traveller & experienced freelance journalist, she regularly participates in humanitarian aid expeditions overseas with British explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell, CBE and is a Fellow of the RGS. She ran her own PR
company in Mayfair, London, for 20 years, was a Guinness Book of Records adjudicator alongside the book’s founder, Norris McWhirter, CBE, and as a rookie press officer at charity Help the Aged, handled events for Princess Diana. She runs an international marathon annually for her favourite causes.
The long-awaited seventh title in Anna Nicholas’s humorous travel series about how to live the dream in a Mediterranean country. The author explores different local cultural themes in each title.
Anna delves into the island’s authentic heartland, exploring nature reserves, bird sanctuaries and paprika, fruit and almond farms. On her travels, she meets the makers of siurell whistles, palm leaf baskets, hot sauces and ensaïmada pastries, and revels in visiting local producers of wine, craft beer, gin and brandy – and Mallorca’s famed herbes liqueur.
Meanwhile, she and chum, Alison, are tackling all 54 Tramuntana peaks over 1,000m, enduring the arduous overnight Guell hike to Lluc Monastery along the way.
Back home in Soller, new kittens and abandoned ducks abound and just as peacock, Jeronimo, swoops in, Anna hears of Josephine, a lonely peahen. Could love be in the air?
Peacocks in Paradise has Mallorca all wrapped up from the food to the people and animals she meets on her journey around the island. With humour and enthusism for the island she has explored, this is an interesting and entertaining travelogue. The observations come with wit and sometimes poignancy and will easily provide escapism for its readers. As well as taking readers on a journey, giving future travellers ideas of what to do when in Mallorca, it also provides an insight into her homelife and the animals she enjoys most and their own antics. Anna Nicholas had a dream of where she wanted to live and is one of those people who have been able to do it, which makes this a fascinating read as it gives both sides – living there and enough for the humble tourist to gain more insight than what they may ordinarily get.
Her passion and zest for life and interest about what is produced on the island comes through the book well.