Witty, pithy, and brimming with memorable characters, Anna's third book about working between two places is a delightful tribute to Mallorca's rich and varied way of life Life is never simple for PR consultant Anna Nicholas as she attempts to cut loose her ties with London for a rural existence in Mallorca with her family. Despite nearing her dream to open a cattery, she is thrown off course by the abduction of her beloved toad, a scorpion infestation, getting lost in the hills, and a growing fixation with ancient goats. Meanwhile, in London she's coping with loopy new clients—an amorous rock climber, a Bulgarian transvestite couturier, and a couple of warring designers.
Life in Mallorca has always been far from relaxed for Anna and her family. But with her PR agency in London being merged, she finds herself with more time to explore the culture and history of the island that she calls home (well, in-between all the local fiestas, and tending to their 40 hens and cockerels, cats, frogs, donkeys and Johnny the Toad, that is). Anna sets off to explore: while marathon training in the famed Serra de Tramuntana mountain range she hears the tales of the pirates and terrifying brigands that ruled the area in the 17th century, is spooked by the ghostly Moorish legends that still seem to haunt the surrounding hills, and stumbles upon the hideout of the fearsome Turkish pirate, Barbarossa.
Anna had never liked the idea of Mallorca, thinking it was for the disco and beerswilling fraternity. That was until her sister hired an au pair from a rural part of the island who said it was the most beautiful place on earth. On a visit, Anna impulsively decided to buy a ruined farmhouse. Despite her fear of flying, she kept a foot in both camps and commuted to Central London to manage her PR company. But she found herself drawn away from the bustle, stress, and the superficial media world towards the tranquil life. She soon realized that her new existence was more enriching and fulfilling. She was learning to live life for its moments rather than race through it in the fast lane. A Lizard in My Luggage explores Mallorca's fiestas and traditions, as well as the ups and downs of living in a rural retreat. It is about learning to appreciate the simple things and take risks in pursuit of real happiness. Most importantly, it shows that life can be lived between two places.