Cat on a Hot Tiled Roof: Mayhem in Mayfair and Mallorca by Anna Nicholas

By Anna Nicholas

Having moved along with her family members to rural Mallorca to flee the stresses of London existence, PR advisor Anna Nicholas keeps to go back and forth again to her glitzy Mayfair organisation to earn a crust. in the meantime she is harbouring a weird and wonderful dream to open a luxurious cattery at the island – unbeknownst to her lengthy agony Scottish husband, Alan, and son, Oliver.

Life within the mountains is rarely uneventful because the writer will get to grips with phantom sheep, nighttime snail hunts, Catalan classes, ghosts, floods and flighty hens. London additionally has its demanding situations, as she juggles eccentric, wealthy and sometimes neurotic consumers among Mayfair and new york and is hotly pursued through profitable offers. yet more and more Anna unearths herself yearning the straightforward lifetime of her Spanish idyll simply because as she discovers, you could take the lady out of Mallorca, yet you can’t take Mallorca out of the girl.

Wickedly irreverent, snort out loud humorous and lovingly saw, Cat on a sizzling Tiled Roof celebrates the wonders of Mallorcan rural existence.

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She gives a cursory glance at the menu handed to her by our waiter. ‘Just some granola, summer fruits and an Evian for me,’ she drawls. Rachel and I order brioche and toast. She winces. ‘Watch the wheat, girls. ’ An ungainly woman in a pale-blue trouser suit is waving from the entrance. Who’s this? Dannie gives a terse nod. ‘Here’s my assistant, Mary Anne. ’ We titter politely. ‘Sorry I’m late,’ puffs the unfortunate Mary Anne. ’ ‘Well, let me see,’ says Dannie, theatrically studying the menu again.

One night he called in panic to report a stiffening of the joints and asked shakily whether rigor mortis could be setting in. I explained that one normally had to have died first but that he shouldn’t rule it out. Rather like a disgruntled vampire, Ed pounds the streets of Marylebone in search of new blood; a physician who will take him seriously. Within the labyrinthine streets of Wigmore, Wimpole, Harley and Devonshire he has visited every mews, close, place, square and street – both upper and lower – and is on first-name terms with most of the resident medical fraternity.

Yawning and rubbing my eyes, I yank branches and remove dead leaves as I move from tree to tree. At times I am showered by a flurry of ants and stop to shake them off my arms and hands. The amber sun rises higher behind the mountains and soon, soft light filters through the leaves. With a groaning trug, I stroll back to the house and find Ollie sitting crossed-legged on a kitchen chair, barely clothed and eating hummus with his fingers from a bowl. ’ 40 W A R A ND P E A CE He nods. ’ He shrugs, making patterns in the purée with his fingers.

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