Seriously Mum, What’s an Alpaca?: An Adventure in the Frying Pan of Spain


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Editorial Reviews


As you can imagine, their stories of adjusting to life in Spain just keep getting better, and in comparison with Driving Over Lemons, Alan and Lorna’s tales seem more contemporary, and still as true of expat life today as when they arrived in Spain.This really is a ripping tale of authentic Andalucia, from a family known and loved within the expat communtiity, precisely because they chose to remove themselves and breed alpacas. If living the expat life appeals to you, or you are already doing it, then Seriously Mum, Whats an Alpaca? should be considered a must read.” – Ronda Today

What an engrossing read! Leaving England and moving to Spain, I know from personal experience, is tough and certainly life-changing. But this brave couple, not only uprooted themselves, but set up an alpaca breeding farm in rural Andalucia. I laughed and cried, sharing their highs and lows, willing them to succeed. An inspiring and fascinating story” – Victoria Twead, Author of NYT bestseller Two Old Fools on a Camel and the Old Fools series.

From the Author

My name is Alan Parks and I decided to write my book, Seriously Mum, What’s an Alpaca? after being told by friends that our story (Lorna and I) would make an interesting read. It is now over six years since we first left our beautiful home just outside Brighton, and although we have experienced some hard times here, every day we grow to love it more. In fact we can’t think of anywhere we would rather live. Ok, yes, the summers are as hot as can be, and the winters bone-chillingly cold, but our life here has taught us many new things about ourselves and each other. Since the book was published, I had so many people write to me asking how the animals were now, and were we happy living in Spain that I decided to write a sequel. Seriously Mum, Where’s that Donkey? came out in November! 

About the Author

Alan Parks was born in Eastbourne, East Sussex in 1978. In 2004 Alan’s Dad died of cancer after he also went through a long term illness and two liver transplants. One of his mottos was always ‘live life for today, life is too short’. That philosophy has encouraged Alan to get out there and pursue his dreams. Alan’s 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.

Additional information

Publisher ‏

‎ CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (January 17, 2013)

Language ‏

‎ English

Paperback ‏

‎ 178 pages

ISBN-10 ‏

‎ 1482011603

ISBN-13 ‏

‎ 978-1482011609

Item Weight

‎ 6.4 ounces

Dimensions ‏

‎ 5 x 0.41 x 8 inches