What would you do if you found a shark in a hotel bath? The hotel manager was horrified. Well, he would be, wouldn’t he? There’s a shark in a guest’s bath. How did it get there? Only author John Reid Young knows. He also knows he’s in deep trouble. Hotel sharks aren’t the only surprise in this charming collection of short stories set in Spain’s Canary Islands… • There’s a desperate race against time to arrest one of the Great Train Robbers when he flees to Tenerife. • A British revolutionary gets caught up in the illegal transport of human cargo during the dark days of General Franco. • A young American is shocked when he finds out why island villagers are convinced he’s a ghost. • When a pirate’s chest was discovered in a cave near a waterfall, nobody could have expected what lay within. In these, and other fascinating stories, you’ll encounter a host of captivating characters, some of whom have left their mark in the history of these beautiful Atlantic islands, and you’ll discover that this unique archipelago off the African coast is so much more than just a modern-day tourist destination. Sit back and let the delightful travel writing of John Reid Young transport you to bygone days of love, war, intrigue and adventure in the sub-tropical sunshine of Tenerife.
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“Tenerife’s hidden secrets.”
Five Star Review on Amazon By illustrani
This collection of short stories takes us back in time to the old days of Tenerife before the fast food outlets and motorways arrived and when life was simple. In and around Puerto de la Cruz, over a century ago, very proper English individuals visited or moved to inhabit the island and in these tales we learn about the strong connections between the countries and something about the old Canadian ways and traditions. John is a great storyteller, he sharply observes details of local villagers and the varied landscape and villages of this lovely island evoking feelings long balmy days, sub-tropical vegetation, craggy, volcanic mountains and the dark beaches along the Atlantic Ocean coastline. As a historian most of his tales are in some way connected to fact (with some embellishments) adding intrigue to his characters and stories and credibility to the plots. (I even know what they look like as I actually illustrated the book!) For anybody with a connection to Tenerife, who have spent a holiday here or who are simply curious don’t miss this delightful book!
About the Author
John Reid Young was born in London in 1957. Although he spent his childhood in the Canary Islands he was educated at private schools in England and Scotland. He studied Law and Politics and then obtained a Masters Degree in Diplomatic Studies before returning to the Canary Islands. His first book, The Skipping Verger and Other Tales, is a collection of some of his many short stories set in the islands, home to his paternal ancestors since the middle of the 19th century. In a unique style of times-gone-by he uses his childhood recollections and profound knowledge of the islands to capture the romantic, hilarious and eccentric adventures of British travellers who find themselves wrapped up in the charms of local customs.
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