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Finding Mojo - adventure born out of a midlife crisis

Finding MojoThis frank and fascinating travelogue written by Algarve resident, Natalie Galland, transports the reader on a year-long journey to exotic and remote destinations. Packed with humour, romance and dubious sexual encounters, it is balanced by factual details and the author’s carefully described impressions.

The book is a ‘must’ read for anyone intending to make a similar journey, or for the armchair traveler, preferring vicarious to actual adventure. The author spends two weeks crossing Russia on the Trans Siberian railway, horse-rides over the Mongolian steppe, mountain hikes above the Yangtze River, experiences Vietnam on the back-seat of a 50cc moped, scuba-dives with Manta Ray and reef sharks in Bali and, whilst in India, is roped in as an unpaid extra in a Bollywood film!

New childrens' book about organic growing and cooking

Nettles & RosesNettles and Roses is first the English edition of an established series of books for children on organic gardening and cooking with garden produce. Written by Fernanda Botelho to get the next generation excited about knowing, using and growing plants, the book is lavishly illustrated with beautiful watercolour botanical paintings by Sara Simões, and is 36 pages in hardback format.  

This picture book invites us to spend a day with four children at an organic farm. Sarah’s friends live in flats and are very surprised when they discover the wonder and magic of the plant world.

A true-life story of an unimaginable nightmare

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: Gwen’s Guide to Good Eating

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.

Algarve journalist tells the full story of Fátima

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.

New book from Tony McMahon

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.

McCartney, Madeleine, Galloway, Cook ...

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.

Steamy novel set in the Algarve

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.