Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools
by Victoria Twead
Lots of nice BYC members have asked me for details about my book - so here they are!
Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, WH Smith, The Book Depository, Waterstones, and many other bookstores.
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Victoria - in brief
Victoria Twead nagged her long-suffering partner, Joe, into moving from England to Spain in 2004. They settled into a tiny mountain village in Andalucía, became reluctant chicken farmers and ended up owning probably the most dangerous cockerel in Spain. Victoria’s hilarious record of their culture shock and life with the villagers is told in her new book, Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools, awarded the HarperCollins Gold Star.
About the book
Perhaps if Joe and Vicky had known what relocating to a tiny village tucked in the Alpujarra mountains would really be like, they might have hesitated...
They had no idea of the culture shock in store. No idea they would become reluctant chicken farmers and own the most dangerous cockerel in Spain. No idea they would be befriended by an 85 year old spliff-smoking sex-kitten or rescued by a mule.
Life is never dull as they embark on their Five Year Plan.
At the end of five years they must decide. Will they stay or return to the relative sanity of England?
Vicky and Joe’s story is packed with irreverent humour, animals, eccentric characters and sunshine.
‘A truly hilarious page-turner.’
Loved it. It was the funniest travel/cook book that I have ever read. I know for sure that I have to go to Andalusia one day. Awesome place with awesome people!!
Michele, Chick with books
The perfect read to escape the rainy weekend. I love the idea of house swapping!
Review on Book-Writer-Promotion
Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools by Victoria Twead is a great book, make yourself comfortable because you won't be going anywhere for a while.
Twead delights her audience from beginning to end, taking them with her through the persuading of her husband to move to Spain to the end of their agreed five year trial.
Wit and natural humour keep the reader turning the pages in complete enjoyment as Twead's enthusiasm leaps out of her words.
Be absorbed in their neighbours and their chickens' antics, tremble in fear when their cockerel is on the rampage and be wholly delighted as you make their tale your own.
This is the most enjoyable book I've read for a long time.
BR on Twitter:
@VictoriaTwead Best read for ages, really cheered me up. Can't wait for the TV series then the film...
Rachel Webb, Andalucia For Holidays
Pull up a comfy chair or snuggle down in bed with this book and you’ll be rooted for hours. From page one it puts a smile on your face. Victoria Twead weaves a great yarn, her writing warm and friendly and her story-telling ability just great.
I found it hard to turn out the light and I live in a remote village in Andalucia. Her book just rolls along with their adventure, persuaded hubby and herself, from deciding to give a new life a five year trial to the decision at the end of that time.
Stubborn mules, wacky neighbours, crazy chickens and local recipes all help the “two old fools” through the tough parts and hard work of renovating a home while living in it.
There’s not many a moan or groan in these pages just sheer glee at every turn, her enjoyment oozes out of the pages and invites you to experience every moment from chicken watching to culture shocking moments, stencilling the chicken pen to the house-swap finale it’s fabulous fun.
Suzanne Levin, Chick with Books Blogspot
Chickens, Mules and Two Old fools by Victoria Twead is a funny, laugh out loud, amazing adventure! Victoria can tell a great story! This book was a joy to read! When you open the book it's as if Victoria is sitting down with you over a cup of coffee chatting about what funny things happened on the way to Andalucia. Her warm personality floats off the page and you are hooked to keep reading. Victoria's writing is wonderful, funny, and entertaining! And as if the story wasn't enough, there are spanish recipes sprinkled through out the pages. (and the one for gazpacho looks deelish!)
I want to thank Victoria for my copy of her book! I won my copy this past December in her monthly giveaway and I couldn't have been happier! Chicken, Mules and Two Old Fools certainly put a smile on my face!
Sara Ridsdale on FarmingFriends:
Your book is the best book I've read in a long time - I just couldn't put it down, meeting all the characters and living your life with you was fab.
HAF on Twitter:
@VictoriaTwead Your writing reminded me a lot of Gerald Durrell - I read My family & other animals for 0-level & loved it.
Hi, i am half way through the book although hubby had read it all ready. sorry but i have great difficulties reading for more than 15 mins but the book is so good you can put it down and not lose the thread of the story.
i have also laughed my self silly and can relate to many things in the book, i presume most expats can as its so typical of the many things that we all seem to go through.
WG on Twitter:
@VictoriaTwead I read chapter about Cocky at lunchtime. Still giggling now and I've been back at my desk for two hours!
CM on Twitter:
@victoriatwead Thanks for keeping my wife calm while she read your book. Thank you!!
NS on Facebook:
I just wanted to say from one exforces wife to another I loved your book. I have told every one to read it. I just couldn't wait to get to the end to see how your 5 year plan went, even though my husband had already told me most of the book as he read it. I hope you accept me as one of your facebook friends. When is the next book out??
Rosie Reay, The Catalunya Chronicle
Forget the Christmas wrappings. Forget the roast turkey. Just pick up this book, nestle into your favourite winter sunny corner and let the world float by with this very relaxing read.
Why? Because when you start turning these pages you will forget your surroundings until the closing pages.This novel is justified in being awarded the Harper Collins "Gold Star".
Mind you, you will be laughing out aloud, but make sure your "better half" waits his / her turn until the end. Don't spoil the moment! A book for Expats, parents, grandparents, teenagers and those poor souls wishing they were living out here.
Victoria's descriptions are so vivid, so colourful and full of vibrancy. I do not know her neck of the hillside in Spain, but I feel I have trod every inch with her on every page. Some of her experiences are so alike our endeavours of mishaps or success, so we have found this a story all Expats will relate to.
Vicky and Joe Twead relocate from Southern England to an idyllic Andalucian life, tucked high up in the Alpujarra mountain ranges. If you are suffering wintry cabin fever blues anywhere in the world this book will definitely raise your spirits as you savour and share all their hearty frolics. Besides, you will surely be tempted to test and taste Victoria's provincial Andalucian dishes. Well, they will make a change from turkey leftovers, I dare say!
You will chuckle along amongst the gaggling chickens (I kid you not!) and the upturned water fountain - a precious commodity in dry Southern Spain, and the gurgles of the gin twinlings.
Those of us fortunate enough to live in Southern Europe will empathise with all her endearing characterisations, eccentric and otherwise normal, charming provincial local folk. Her creatures are all personified by their hilarious antics and expressions. We all have felt the culture shock in moving abroad. We all started out with a Five Year Plan (mine has just been extended). Theirs is still within that timescale. But will they go back at the end of their time line, or will she start another list?
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 of characters and laugh out loud all over again.
JN on Twitter:
@VictoriaTwead it is with a heavy heart that I inform you that I have finished 'Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools' *sniff*
Carolandrichard, Eye on Spain forum:
I just wanted to add my congratulations to you on your hilariously funny book. I started it last night and have about a third left to read. I have had to put it down just so I can get some work done!
We too have a little house in Almeria and I am enjoying reading your stories, so true to life in this area!!
I am also enjoying reading your banter on this thread. Please do keep it up. However, try not to give too many details about your current goings on, I want to look forward to reading all about it in your second book!
Claire T, Eye on Spain forum:
Hi Victoria - I would just like to add to the growing list of positive comments about your book. You have done what I originally intended, however, I have ended up in a big urbanisation on the coast - for the moment! I'll be looking for my little place in the campo some time in the future so your book has been a wonderful guide to what I can expect.
The book was such a good read, I have passed it over to my neighbour who keeps laughing out loud as she reads it on her terrace! I also told the bookshop at Dos Mares that they need to stock it, so hopefully you should see sales climbing and climbing.
Can't wait for the sequel!
JC on Twitter:
This book: Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools by Victoria Twead is actually making me laugh out loud, it's pure genius!
@VictoriaTwead It was genius in book format, loved it, I went on your adventure without leaving England, brilliant! =) x
@VictoriaTwead ...OMG!!! LOVED the book! Made me laugh out loud, thank you for sharing, beautifully written! =)
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Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools official website
Old Fool's Blog
Book Trailer on YouTube (needs volume if you want to hear my English accent!)