Thursday, 25 May 2017
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Wrong Place Wrong TimeWrong Place, Wrong Time - Having lost everything, I leave memories of  a London police cell behind me and head for Spain with it's promise of adventure and fun.

Little do I know that I'm about to be thrust into the  most terrifying time of my life.

Algarve Dining Visitors to the Algarve often find the array of dining options intimidating, especially when they want to ensure the best experiences during their stay. Now there’s an independent, expert guidebook available to help you choose. Algarve Dining reviews over 60 restaurants with a focus on owner operated, Portuguese cuisine restaurants outside the major tourist towns.

Each restaurant has been selected because it offers a great price/value combination and excellent customer service.  Whether you want a quick snack, light lunch or fine dining experience, Algarve Dining offers many choices.

The Fatima PhenomenonAn impartial insight into the history and controversies surrounding one of Christendom’s most fascinating sagas. At a time when large numbers of visitors from many countries are heading for the Catholic shrine of ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ in Portugal, Algarve journalist Len Port has just published an ebook entitled The Fátima Phenomenon - Divine Grace, Delusion or Pious Fraud?

The author notes that according to official statistics between four and five million visitors come to Fátima each year. Religious tourism shows no signs of slowing. While a high proportion of visitors are from Portugal, pilgrims and sightseers stream in from more than 70 countries, mainly Spain, Italy, Poland and the United States. Many also come from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Quest for the True CrossAuthor Tony McMahon was shortlisted for the sports biography of the year in 2011 for 'No Place To Hide', a harrowing story of racism in the 1970s/80s boxing scene. Aurum Press also published his biography of Neville Staple, lead singer in The Specials. He is a former BBC news producer and currently Director of Strategy at CTN Communications. His new book titled 'An English Knight Templar in Portugal - Quest for the True Cross' was published this week.

Len PortPeople in a Place Apart, the latest book by Len Port. A new book about the Algarve, unlike any before it, is published and available exclusively from Amazon. It is called People in a Place Apart. The well known local author Len Port has been writing about the goings-on in the region for many years.

This new non-fiction title focuses on the people of southern Portugal from ancient times, right up to the present day.

Sally JohnsonBreaking Tracks is the debut novel by West Berkshire author Sally Hope Johnson and is set in the Algarve. In 2010, having just returned from one of her many holidays to the Algarve Sally felt inspired, and went on to write a fictional story of how a life can get derailed.

People in a place apart by Len PortA friend told me about this book and i was intrigued, as Len Port is a very well known name in literary circles here.
I thoroughly enjoyed his previous books: "Get to Know the Algarve" and "Algarve on Wheels". How would this one be different? Well, boy is it different!

This latest work is filled with information gleaned from over 30 years of writing here - packed with colourful characters who have passed through the Algarve since the dawn of history: outrageous royals, illustrious admirals, romantic writers, dictators, sports stars, air aces, animal activists, fugitives, musical maestros, victims and villains.

 Used Book SaleAlthough the Griffin Bookshop in Almancil has now closed, Linda is running (by popular demand) a Used Book Sale during the 3rd week of every month, from Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm each day.

The sales take place at the furniture shop 'Lirio do Campo', which is located approximately 100 metres on the left of the Quarteira road from the Quatro Estradas roundabout.

Linda will be accepting used books for credit - although limited to one carrier bag of books at a time as space is limited! She looks forward to seeing many familiar faces.