Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? by Alan Parks

A British couple move to Andalucia, Spain, to start a new life breeding alpacas.

Seriously mum, what's an alpaca?

Would you risk everything for a new life? 
Would you give up and go home if it all went wrong? 

'Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?' is the frank and charming story of a brave couple who 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. 
Will they succeed, or will the challenges prove too much to bear? 

"an enchanting read" 
"regularly laughed out loud" 
"I would recommend this book to anyone"

Genre: TRAVEL / Special Interest / Pets

Secondary Genre: PETS / Essays

Language: English


Word Count: 52000

Sales info:

Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? has been an Amazon bestseller in both the US and UK. So far it has sold approx 10000 copies, and due to the increasing numbers of alpacas in Europe, South America and Asia, I believe there are possiblities to sell the book in multiple languages. 

Sample text:

“Okay, tell me a bit more about this idea then,” said Lorna, as we battled against the wind on the seafront near Brighton. It was a couple of days since her revelation.

“Well, I’ve been thinking. Why don’t we move somewhere else? You know, try something different? It would take the pressure off you, get you out of dancing, and also be something exciting and new for us.”

Two days earlier, on a previous walk, Lorna had told me that she was struggling to keep up with teaching at her dance school.

“I’m not sure how long I can go on,” she had said.

She had been diagnosed with Sarcoidosis and Thyroiditis, after nearly two years of doctor’s visits and hospital appointments. It was making work difficult and taking its toll on all of us.

“Hmm, okay,” she said, “but what would we do? I don’t know how to be anything other than a dance teacher. And you’ve only ever worked in shops. We can’t just drop everything and do something else.”

“Do you remember that funny looking animal we saw at Prague zoo? The alpaca?”

Lorna gave me a puzzled look, as though I’d lost my marbles. “Yes, of course. We loved him, but what’s that got to do with anything?”

“Well, I’ve been doing a bit of research, and it looks like alpacas are quite a profitable business. I was thinking maybe we could breed them. Maybe move to Florida and do it?”

Lorna was giving me a look that said, “I can’t believe we are even talking about this!” I knew I was pushing my luck with the Florida suggestion, but I was serious about the alpacas.



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