Living in Spain and bringing up a Spanglish family during the current 'crisis' and trying various ways to make some 'dinero'. Enjoying life in the sun, crafting and blogging as much as possible.

19 Apr 2012

Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools


(Now with colour photos.) If Joe and Vicky had known what relocating to a tiny mountain village in Andalucia would be like, they might have hesitated...

They have no idea of the culture shock in store. No idea they'll become reluctant chicken farmers and own the most dangerous cockerel in Spain. No idea they'll help capture a vulture or be rescued by a mule.

Will they stay, or return to the relative sanity of England?

Awarded the HarperCollins Authonomy 'Gold Star'.

The Telegraph-- "a colourful glimpse of Andalucían life. And a psychopathic chicken or two...charming...funny"


A charming, and often funny, expat tale. Looking at the picturesque village scene before her, Twead wishes she was a "talented artist and could capture that moment in time on canvas for ever." Happily for her, she does.


'Victoria Twead is a natural storyteller with a knack for charm and wit.'
--Robin Bayley, author of 'The Mango Orchard'

'laugh-out-loud funny...especially the Spanish women heckling over eggs from "The English"...hilarious...engaging...the interspersion of recipes is charming'

Weeks later, after finishing the book, you will be standing at your kitchen window doing the dishes and then recall some fleeting scene with chickens or mules or two old fools and laugh out loud all over again.
--The Catalunya Chronicle
From the Author

Moving to Spain was undeniably a culture shock, but such an adventure... Who would have thought Joe and I would keep chickens and sell eggs to the village ladies? Every new day produced events either hilarious or heart-warming. Food suddenly tasted better, human behaviour was more fascinating, animals funnier, local events more interesting. It was like seeing in colour for the first time, and the book began bubbling in my head.

As I wrote, the book made me both laugh and cry. I love Spain, I love the Spanish people and I love Spanish food. I hope all this shines through in my writing, and if I have one wish, it's that the reader enjoys reading 'Chickens' as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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