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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (October 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906558353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906558352
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

--Telegraph

'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' 
--HarperCollins

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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All of her books have me laughing our loud!
Jill Kruse
I loved the book, it was witty and written very well.
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I would give this book ten stars if I could.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By EO on November 5, 2009
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If you're looking to experience sunny Spain, and maybe even life in a tiny village tucked in the Alpujarra Mountains, and without leaving home, then CHICKENS, MULES AND TWO OLD FOOLS is the book for you.

Approaching retirement, Vicky and her husband, Joe, one day decide to pack up their bags and leave their comfortable Sussex, England home and settle in the village El Hoya, Spain. It is not long before they come to learn village life is full of surprises and quirky mishaps, and with hilarious culture clashes at every turn. When Vicky and Joe unintentionally find themselves chicken farmers, Vicky says:

"Oh, Please! Our Spanish neighbours already thought we were insane, sitting on the yellow sofa gazing at our flock, letting them hop onto our laps, talking to them."

Whether saved by a mule or sitting at a party table in the middle of the road celebrating a neighbour's birthday (and blocking traffic), CHICKENS ... not only paints a warm, humorous and colourful picture of rural Spain, but also tells of how two zany Brits came to fit right in. Light-hearted and full of sunshine. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Ella Bell on November 4, 2009
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This book is a breath of fresh air! If you have a sense of humor, and wonder what life in a tiny mountain village in Spain might be like, then this book is for you. What I particularly liked were the larger than life characters and the animals, all of which had me laughing aloud. It was nice to see the photographs of the people and places and I will certainly try the Spanish recipes sprinkled throughout the book.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Carrie L. Compton on October 20, 2009
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I have been thrilled to have found the perfect Christmas gift for family and friends. This book is one I will be gifting to all for a long time to come. The risk of moving to another country and starting up a new life is admirable. But to keep your sense of humor in spite of all that confronts you is very brave. You won't be able to put this book down.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rafik Kmeid on November 9, 2009
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What can you say about CHICKENS, MULES AND TWO OLD FOOLS except that it is extremely well-written, humorous, enlightening, and fun to read. The wonderful Spanish recipes Ms Twead sprinkles generously throughout the pages of her book only increases the reading experience. I read each recipe as I went along and I could visualize Ms Twead cooking them up in her makeshift kitchen. Savory writing and savory food! An unbeatable combination.

You really get a flavor for the impish nature of the author as you survey the characters, both human and animal, and the names she bestowed on them. I often had the feeling that if she really let her hair down and gave in to her bawdy impulses, we'd be rolling in the aisles. Nonetheless, an excellent read by a skillful writer. Even the English slang was funny and educational.

Put this book on your reading list!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Woods on October 17, 2009
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I loved this book. I want another one just like it. The book
reminds me of the writings of Betty McDonald. She wrote
about her life is the 1920's to the 1950's in the Seattle area.
She wrote a very humorous account of her life. The style of
writing is one of my most favorite writing styles. I would definitely
read any book Victoria Twead should care to write.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By rose on July 14, 2010
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Victoria Twead's, autobiographical novel is a literary delight! I loved the entire thought that the reader is let into Vicky's ideas and thoughts about moving to Andalucia, Spain from England. The tale is light hearted and amusing, despite the obvious obstacles of language and an entirely new environment and new people. The story is well written, filled with a delightful view into Victoria and her husband's new world and the added bonus of the recipes were a plus
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By I.A. on January 30, 2013
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This is a little story about a retired teacher/substitute and her career-military husband who, in their early 50s, decide to retire and move from England to Spain. It might have been a really charming tale that shed light on both cultures and told some deeper story about what binds (and separates) us all. Instead, it was written at the level of "what I did on my summer vacation" without much insightful commentary. That said, the author is a good story teller, and when she's writing about her chickens, it's like sitting with a good friend over a cup of coffee/tea, laughing and enjoying all the vibrant details. The stories that she tells about the 'colorful' people of the small village to which they moved are not very interesting ('you had to be there'), and she doesn't begin to tap their souls or figure out what makes them tick. In fact, the longer you read, the more you're hoping that they decide to go back to England when there '5 year experiment' is over, b/c their village life is beginning to sound a little stale, like a relative visiting over the holidays that decides to stay an extra week. It's skim-able, but there aren't enough insights or content to bother with every word. Worth 99 cents? Claro!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dan on October 4, 2010
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Remember how James Herriot created people and time in Yorkshire? Twead has done the same art for a small mountain village in Spain, where she and her husband decamped from England to spend five years. Plus in her case it's even true.

There is a genre of literature where someone leaves the old and familiar and arriving somewhere else, discovers delight. Portia and Julian discover an abandoned summer colony in "Gone-Away Lake." "Mr. Sermon" reawakens himself after fleeing from a boys' school to the seashore. Rosalba discovers freedom when she hitchhikes to Venice after her family inadvertently leaves a rest stop without her in the film "Bread and Tulips." Gray finds a home while writing a novel in the west of Ireland ("Born in Ice").

"Chicken, Mules and Two Old Fools" is the latest of this tradition. It makes those of us left behind wish we had the courage to do something similar.

The only inaccuracy in the book is the title. The protagonists are not fools. The more true "avatar" wouldn't have sounded as smooth though.

Thank you, Ms. Twead.
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