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Kat the Dog: The remarkable tale of a rescued Spanish water dog by Alyson Sheldrake My rating: 5 of 5 stars Drawing on evidence and intuition, Alyson deduces the misery of this poor little dog who lived her early years, neglected and unloved, in the poverty-stricken Spanish countryside. It would have been impossible to read… Continue reading Book review

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Lucky Jack by S. Bavey My rating: 5 of 5 stars I enjoyed this book very much. Jack saw the best in almost everyone and loved to entertain, to make people laugh. His memories are fascinating, telling us about his family, his work, and fun days out, alongside his role in major events of the… Continue reading Book review

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Tomato, Fig & Pumpkin Jelly by Lisa Rose Wright My rating: 5 of 5 stars Memories to treasure This second book in Lisa’s trilogy is as engrossing as the first. She recounts the continuing progress of the restoration of their lovely home, the expanding cultivation of their allotment, not forgetting the fun and games with… Continue reading Book review

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Puppy Party!

Last Saturday I was invited to sell Sidney Delicious at a fundraising event at PAWS-PATAS, an animal charity based in Turre, Almeria. They brought some puppies from the kennels for people to meet. I had a lovely morning, met some great people and sold some books too! I am putting a percentage of sales to… Continue reading Puppy Party!

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Available now!

I am very excited to reveal that Sidney Delicious is now published! Many thanks to Nicky Taylor Editorial, and Victoria Twead, Ant Press, who have encouraged me so much and worked with me to make this possible. Print-on-demand production of the paperback should be available in the UK, Europe, the USA, and Australia. The e-book… Continue reading Available now!

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Wish You Were Here – Holiday Memories: An anthology of travel stories by Alyson Sheldrake My rating: 5 of 5 stars Highly recommended for the armchair traveller. I so enjoyed the opportunity to visit all these wonderful places from the comfort of my own home, without even needing to pack a bag!Twenty unique authors share… Continue reading Book review

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Watery Ways by Valerie Poore My rating: 5 of 5 stars Having fared with Val in one of her later books it was a delight to read about her early introduction to the world of Dutch barges in Rotterdam. Her growing love for these beautiful historic vessels is paralleled by a touching romance. We learn… Continue reading Book review

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The Rhino Crash: A Memoir of Conservation, Unlikely Friendships and Self-Discovery by Nick Newman My rating: 5 of 5 stars An engrossing read. This is a book in two halves. The first half of the book is about the stresses of monitoring and protecting black rhinos from poachers. Nick’s tireless efforts to keep them safe… Continue reading Book review

Book launch!

We are doubly excited here at Restaurante Albar. Not only are we relaunching our Listen and Lunch events,we are super proud that, local author Helen Stephenson,has chosen Albar to launch her first book, Sidney Delicious, the memoir of a Spanish rescue dog. The launch will be Friday the 26th of November 12.30. Cava and Canape on… Continue reading Book launch!

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The Shepherd’s Life: A People’s History of the Lake District by James Rebanks My rating: 5 of 5 stars The account of sheep farming in James Rebanks’ book is authentic living history. He keeps the traditions of his father and grandfather alive and feels a connection to those who farmed the same land over, possibly,… Continue reading Book review