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Dear Fran, Love Dulcie: Life and Death in the Hills and Hollows of Bygone Australia Paperback – July 6, 2021

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"Shocking, yet heart-warming. Overwhelmingly gripping." Beth Haslam, author of the Fat Dogs and French Estates series.

"Wow! Goosebumps." Elizabeth Moore, author of the Someday Travels series and Top 1000 Amazon reviewer.

"A truly remarkable young woman and a unique record of Australian life." Valerie Poore, author of Watery Ways.

"Once read, never forgotten." Victoria Twead, New York Times bestselling author of the Old Fools series.

"There are no words that can do this book justice." Julie Haigh, Top 1000 Amazon reviewer.

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Victoria Twead is the New York Times bestselling author of Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools and the subsequent books in the Old Fools series. After living in a remote mountain village in Spain for eleven years, and owning probably the most dangerous cockerel in Europe, Victoria and Joe retired to Australia. Another joyous life-chapter has begun. Website: www.victoriatwead.com Join her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VictoriaTwead
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ant Press (July 6, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 248 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1922476471
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1922476470
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.52 x 9 inches
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Victoria Twead is the Amazon, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Old Fools series and works in her pyjamas.

#1 Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools

#2 Two Old Fools - Olé!

#3 Two Old Fools on a Camel

#4 Two Old Fools in Spain Again

#5 Two Old Fools in Turmoil

#6 Two Old Fools Down Under

One Young Fool in Dorset: Old Fools Prequel

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Victoria Twead is the New York Times bestselling author of “Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools” and the subsequent books in the Old Fools series. After living in a remote mountain village in Spain for 11 years, and owning probably the most dangerous cockerel in Europe, Victoria and Joe retired to Australia where another joyous life-chapter has begun.

Contact welcome: www.VictoriaTwead.com

Email: TopHen at Victoria Twead dot com

Victoria explains how 'Chickens' was hatched:

"I'm famous for my lists and records. I can't help myself; I think I inherited the record-keeping gene from my father. Every day I make a note of the weather, the temperature, the first snowdrop, the day the ants fly, the exchange rate of the euro, everything. I make packing lists, holiday lists, 'To Do' lists and 'Joe, Will You Please' lists. I even make lists of lists. My nickname at work was Schindler.

Also, I have terrible difficulty throwing anything away. I find my heart racing and my fingers clamp possessively on the object in question. After all, a rusty hostess trolley, or broken watch, or a 1996 calendar, or whatever, may come in useful some day... So I rarely delete old emails and have diaries dating back years.

Both these dubious character traits of mine, for a pleasant change, proved really useful and helped 'Chickens' to hatch.

Moving to Spain was undeniably a culture shock. Every new day produced events either hilarious or heart-warming. Food suddenly tasted better, human behaviour was more fascinating, local events more interesting. It was like seeing in colour for the first time, and the book began bubbling in my head.

Of course, Joe often lost patience with me, and rightly so. 'Stop dreaming, and concentrate! Hold that ladder steady or I'm going to break a leg in a minute!' But the book was relentless. As soon as I could, I unearthed all my records, notes, old emails to friends, and began to write.

It's funny where life takes you... When I was a little girl and asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always answered, 'A zoo-keeper.' No, I never realised that ambition, but life in Spain has not been that far removed. Okay, I agree, chickens, mules and all the other animals (including humans) I wrote about may not be very exotic. But their behaviour was just as riveting as that of any grizzly bear or meerkat.

As I wrote, the book made me laugh and cry. I love Spain. I love the Spanish people. I love Spanish food. I hope all this shines through in my writing, even when I'm describing some of the less pleasant things that happened to us."

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