Publication date: 25 Sep 2017

Publisher: Ant Press

The Blurb

Nick and Lesley Albert yearn to leave the noise, stress and pollution of modern Britain and move to the countryside, where the living is good, the air sweet, with space for their dogs to run free. Suddenly out of work and soon to be homeless, they set off in search of a new life in Ireland, a country they had never visited. As their adventure began to unfold, not everything went according to plan. If finding their dream house was difficult, buying it seemed almost impossible. How would they cope with banks that didn’t want customers, builders who didn’t need work, or the complex issue of where to buy some chickens?

My Thoughts & Review

If you’re looking for a good, easy to read, gentle humorous book, then this one is for you. I was very fortunate to be one of those chosen to Beta read this book and what a delight it was.

I’m very partial to travel Memoirs, especially those from people who’ve moved to a different country and particularly if dogs and possibly chickens are involved too.
Nick’s book, the first one in a series (I hope) documents the time that he and his wife Lesley decided to move over to Ireland after Nick had a health scare and they decided on a simpler life and searched for the place of their dreams. Although surprisingly they’d never visited the country, they knew exactly what they wanted from a home and with some slight deviations from this, eventually found their ideal home Glenmadrie and set about turning it into an idyllic rural retreat. Everything doesn’t run smoothly by any means but Nick’s anecdotes had me laughing out loud. 

My sister moved to Ireland with her husband who developed a business over there. They lived in Killarney for fifteen years. During those years we visited often and spent some lovely holidays exploring the area. and seriously thought of moving there ourselves. I have Irish roots too. This book reminded me very much of that time and Nick’s heart warming descriptions of Ireland brought back happy memories. I still miss Ireland.

My only complaint about this book is that when I’d finished, I wanted to read more. Let’s hope there are multiple follow up books and maybe even a TV series

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About The Author 


Nick Albert was born in England in 1958. Raised in a Royal Air Force family, he had attended dozens of different schools in England, Scotland and even Singapore, before his father retired and settled in Norfolk, England in 1970. After leaving College in 1979, Nick worked in retail management for several years before moving into financial services where he quickly progressed through the ranks to become a training consultant. As a very passionate and reasonably talented sportsman, Nick had always wanted to use his training skills towards creating a parallel career, so in the mid 1980’s he qualified and began coaching sport professionally. After a health scare in 2003 and in search of a simpler life, he and his wife Lesley, cashed in their investments, sold their home and bought a rundown farmhouse in the rural west of Ireland – a country they had never before even visited. With little money or experience and armed only with a do-it-yourself manual, they set about renovating their new home, where they now live happily alongside a flock of chickens, two ducks and several unruly, but delightful dogs.
In 2017 Nick was signed to Ant Press to write a series of humorous memoirs about his life in rural Ireland. Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds (book one) was published in September 2017.
http://www.nickalbert.co.uk