The Next Big Thing -Two Old Fools on a Camel
Oh good, that’s easy! ‘Two Old Fools on a Camel’, subtitled ‘From Spain to Bahrain and back again’.
It’s actually the third in the Old Fool series. The first two were about our life in a tiny Spanish mountain village, and ‘Camel’ is about our year teaching in the Middle East when the Arab Spring erupted last year.
Oh, that’s a hard one! Can I pick three genres? It’s probably Memoir, Travel, Humour, and Cookery. Oh dear, that’s four…
Hmmm… Julie Walters or Meryl Streep could play me. And I need somebody grumpy to play Joe… How about Jack Nicholson?
Just one sentence? Okay… Two Old Fools spend a year in Bahrain, teaching Arab kids as the Arab Revolution breaks out. Oh, I forgot, with Arabic recipes.
All my books take a year or more, because life keeps getting in the way. And grandchildren. And fiestas. And vino… It’s a miracle that I ever get any finished.What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Um, I don’t think I know of any. Sorry.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I’m so excited to announce that the lovely NADIA SAWALHA, (actress, presenter and winner of Celebrity Masterchef) has generously given me permission to use her recipes in my book! As I wove Spanish recipes through my first two books, I shall do the same with ‘Camel’ using Arabic recipes. Delicious!
And now I’d like to pass the torch on to these other writers, so that they can tell us about their Next Big Thing.
Alan Parks I can’t wait for this one! Alan’s written a great book, to be launched very soon, called ‘Bloody Hell, What’s an Alpaca?’ It tells of his move to deepest, rural Spain and how he and Lorna started up an alpaca farm. I’ve already seen excerpts, and believe me, this book is going to be fascinating!
My friend Sophie McCoy (Twittername @OneLittleEgg) is a TV producer/director and a very special lady. She’s just finished putting together a wonderfully uplifting book, ‘Tales from the Coop’, to raise awareness about battery hens. I challenge you not to laugh and cry when you read this!
Karen Wheeler Karen did a very brave thing. She threw away her high heels and glitzy media career to find peace (and maybe love) in rural France. Was she successful? Find out in ‘Tout Sweet’ and its sequels, all excellent books.
Karen McCann has written a really refreshing book called ‘Dancing in the Fountain’ about her life in Seville. Creating a new life in an old European city has never been so delightful, heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny. Thoroughly recommended!
Molly Campbell Award-winning Molly’s ‘Characters in Search of a Novel‘ is very funny, and totally unique. Each story is a quick & often rib-tickling read, just what you’d want on vacation, in a waiting room, or on a long plane ride. What a perfect Christmas gift, or gift to yourself!