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‘Wish You Were Here – Holiday Memories’ by Alyson Sheldrake

‘WISH YOU WERE HERE – HOLIDAY MEMORIES’ BY ALYSON SHELDRAKEIn these restrictive times, this book lets the reader travel around the world. Algarve author Alyson Sheldrake releases the third book in her Travel Stories Series. “It’s a stonkingly good book,” - Early review by an ARC reader.

Book Synopsis

“I must send a postcard back home.”

“Hang on a minute, I need to take a photograph of this.”

Favourite holidays and special travel memories are shared in this anthology featuring twenty award-winning and top travel memoir authors.

We all have that one holiday that stands out in our minds, that one break or vacation we will never forget. Whether it is a childhood ‘bucket and spade’ family holiday, the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ dream destination, your first trip abroad or the city where you first fell in love, the memories are still there today.

The authors in this anthology bring out their postcards and photo albums and invite you to join them as they reminisce about their travels.

Maybe they will inspire you to book your next holiday too.

About the Author

Alyson Sheldrake was born in Birmingham in 1968. She has always loved art and painting, although she found little time for such pleasures, working full time after graduation. She joined the Devon and Cornwall Police in 1992 and served for thirteen years, before leaving to work in the field of education. She became the Director of Education for the Church of England in Devon in 2008.

Once her husband Dave retired from the Police, their long-held dream of living in the sun could become a reality. Alyson handed in her notice, and with her dusty easel and set of acrylic paints packed and ready to move, they started their new adventure living in the beautiful Algarve in Portugal in 2011.

Alyson Sheldrake is the author of the award-winning Algarve Blog, and she is also a feature writer for the Tomorrow Magazine in the Algarve.

She is now an accomplished and sought-after artist working alongside her husband, Dave, a professional photographer. She has published three books about their Algarve Adventures: Living the Dream – in the Algarve, Portugal; Living the Quieter Algarve Dream; and an anthology of expat stories entitled A New Life in the Algarve, Portugal.

Her next writing adventure took her into the world of anthologies, with her Travel Stories Series. The first book, Chasing the Dream – A new life abroad, was released in June 2021. This was followed in September 2021 by Itchy Feet – Tales of travel and adventure.

Wish You Were Here – Holiday Memories, is the third book in the series.

When she is not painting or writing, you can find her walking their rescued Spanish water dog called Kat along the riverbank in Aljezur, Portugal.

Alyson’s comment:

“I’m sure that most of us have a favourite holiday memory, the one destination that stands out in our minds as special. The one that we hold on to the photographs for, maybe keeping them tucked away in a box along with a few special mementoes and postcards. The vacation that we recall with fondness when it is dark and dreary outside in the middle of winter. The one that makes us smile and long for summer days, carefree nights, and that heady feeling of excitement at arriving in a different country, ready to explore and experience a new culture and place.

The authors I have invited to join me here in this anthology all have distinctive holiday memories to share with you in the pages that follow. Whether it is a childhood ‘bucket and spade’ family adventure, a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ dream destination, their first trip abroad or the city where they first fell in love, their stories will delight you.

Travel with them around Europe, eating and drinking the local food and wine, or chase down the perfect slice of pizza in New Zealand.

Be humbled by the poverty in Africa, and find out what it was really like to hang out in the hippie caves of Crete in the 1970s. Visit temples in Thailand and a floating restaurant in Hong Kong.

Go snorkelling in the Galápagos, or ride on a banana boat to Trinidad. Fall in love in Paris and join us for a romantic wedding on a beach in Barbados.”

Alyson Sheldrake, Curator and Editor of Wish You Were Here – Holiday Memories.

Praise for Wish You Were Here

“When these 20 authors cry ‘wish you were here’, grab your passport, grab your sunhat and tag along; through the wild, the wonderful and the whacky, it will be the holiday of a lifetime.”

Lisa Rose Wright, author of the ‘Writing Home’ series of books about life in Galicia, Spain.

“A wonderful collection of short travel stories from all over the world. It is amazing to read all the splendid memories and the authors really take you on a trip full of adventures.”

Kathleen Van Lierop, author of the ‘mycrazylifefullwithbooks’ blog.

More information for readers:

You can discover more about the book, including links on where to purchase, and view a free Photo Album to accompany the book, via Alyson’s website: www.alysonsheldrake.com/wish-you-were-here/

The book is available on Amazon in Paperback, Hardback, Large Print Edition, and eBook version. It is also available through Kindle Unlimited.


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