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'Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?' is the frank and charming story of a brave couple who risk everything to move to Spain to breed alpacas. Their intention is to make a living, but first they must negotiate their way through the Spanish property market, local characters, rogue builders and the worst weather Andalucía has seen for 100 years.

Alan and Lorna experience the joy, but also the heartbreak of alpaca breeding, picking up an assortment of stray animals on the way.

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Overview

'Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?' is the frank and charming story of a brave couple who risk everything to move to Spain to breed alpacas. Their intention is to make a living, but first they must negotiate their way through the Spanish property market, local characters, rogue builders and the worst weather Andalucía has seen for 100 years.

Alan and Lorna experience the joy, but also the heartbreak of alpaca breeding, picking up an assortment of stray animals on the way.

'Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?' may be full of glorious highs and monumental lows, but it is essentially a story of endeavour and spirit, living each day as though it may be the last.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781494700812
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 12/18/2013
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Parks was born in Eastbourne, East Sussex in 1978. His life changed for the better (he is constantly reminded) when he met Lorna in 2003. Work consisted of fairly mundane, mainly managerial posts. In 2008, Alan and Lorna moved to rural Andalucía, Spain, and now live in an old Olive Mill, off-grid, with a menagerie of animals.
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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    This was a great read. Being a new alpaca farmer myself, I laug

    This was a great read. Being a new alpaca farmer myself, I laughed and cried while reading the trials and tribulations that Alan & Lorna encountered in moving to a new country, learning a new language and the intricacies of these unusual furry creatures. You will enjoy this book and be sure to check out their website to see the photos of their animals and the Olive Mill and the gorgeous countryside!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    I was reading another book when I came across this and bought it

    I was reading another book when I came across this and bought it. Had a quick glance and intended to read it after my current book. I couldn't! It engaged me right from the outset so I just had to keep on going. The book is about Alan and Lorna who live in Brighton. Lorna is a dance teacher but she has been suffering with ill-health and finding it hard to continue with her tuition. They decide to totally change their life and move to Spain and breed Alpacas. They are relatively young to do this sort of thing-I think Alan was about thirty-five/thirty-six?-so it's not the normal expat story where people sell up to retire, hence the idea for a business breeding Alpacas. Not a common choice of animal either so this book is really different, a breath of fresh air. Very well-told it is too. Alan and Lorna come across as really likeable people. Alan has the patience of a saint! There are many tender moments in the book, unexpected happenings, heart-breaking moments, light humour, really makes you smile but doesn't try too hard to be funny, the humour isn't forced at all, just natural comedy flow. Contrast this with learning about the different ways of life with the locals and their customs and quirks and then some really 'tug-at your-heartstrings' moments with the animal episodes and you have a fantastic reading experience. I needed the tissues sometimes, it really got to my emotions, the sad bits about the animals, I could hardly bear to turn the pages near the end in case something had gone wrong again..... It is easy reading; nice short chapters. I like the chapter titles that give you an idea of the happenings to come, a very organised result, never rambling. Good descriptive detail, yet not longwinded . The descriptions of the landscape are beautiful. Throughout the book, Alan uses some good adjectives, different choice of words from the norm. The book strikes a chord with me because one of my mum's ex-neighbours' daughter keeps Alpacas in Wales. I'd never heard of anyone having them before that and certainly not in the UK anyway. Not in every chapter, but, there is an 'animal count' where he keeps track of how many bought and acquired animals so far and their names-THEIR NAMES!! What a gift this man has for naming his pets and livestock! Beyoncé and J-lo (for chickens), and the Royle family for cats- Jim, Barb, Dave, Baby David, Twiggy, R Denise-Hilarious! What is really sad and surprising to me is that when the couple are ripped off, it is by English people, not Spaniards. Disgusting. You would expect English in Spain to stick together. Alan seems so nice and so trusting. There are some really kind people in the book who bend over backwards to help as well as the 'rip-off merchants'. Lorna's daughter says in the book: 'Bloody Hell-what's an Alpaca?' on hearing news of their plans to move abroad etc. I had thought that would be the perfect title for this book. 'Seriously' I wasn't as sure about because that's not what Frankie said. Also not as sure about the cover. Although very nice, bright and fresh, it's slightly cartoon style to me and doesn't match up to the depth of content in the book. I found out later, after browsing on the internet, that the book WAS originally called 'Bloody Hell What's an Alpaca?' but Alan either had to change the title or felt he had to because there were difficulties with some websites accepting it with this title. A shame really because this IS the perfect title. I preferred the old cover image too. I really enjoyed this, it was a wonderful book. I wish Alan and Lorna all the luck in the world, they've certainly had their fair share of bad luck along the way, they deserve to be happy. You can check out pictures on Alan and Lorna's website. With the writing, Alan's done such a great job, I could get an excellent picture in my mind of everything going on in the book. I never expected it to be SO GOOD.....and now I've bought his second book 'Seriously Mum-Where's That Donkey'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Wonderful memoire

    I really enjoyed reading this book. The struggles and the joys of beginning a new life are something many of us can understand.. I look forward to reading the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    A must read for alpaca lovers, alpaca owners, or just anyone who asks, "What's an Alpaca?"

    We own alpacas, so I was drawn to the book just for the subject matter...but found myself completely caught up in the adventures of Alan and Lorna. I don't have the guts to sell everything and move to Spain, but I can live vicariously through these courageous folks! The book takes you through the ups and downs of raising alpacas. You will also have a front row seat to the life of this family as they struggle through the joys and trials of a new life in Spain. ...But hurry and read this one today...the sequel will be out very soon! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Animal lovers will love this.

    Interesting. Somewhat entertaining. I learned something about Alpacas and what it's like to live abroad.

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