Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? - Alan Parks

Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?

By Alan Parks

  • Release Date: 2015-02-16
  • Genre: Pets
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 21 Ratings)
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Could you give up everything you have worked for and do something completely different? 

Would you give up and go home if it all went wrong? 

'Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?' is the frank and charming story of a brave couple who move to Spain to breed alpacas. Their intention is to make a living, but first they must negotiate their way through the Spanish property market, local characters, rogue builders and the worst weather Andalucía has seen for 100 years. Alan and Lorna experience the joy, but also the heartbreak of alpaca breeding, picking up an assortment of stray animals on the way. Will they succeed, or will the challenges prove too much to bear? 

Some review snippets... 

"an enchanting read" 

"regularly laughed out loud" 

"I would recommend this book to anyone" 

Also available - Seriously Mum, Where's that Donkey? and Seriously Mum, How Many Cats? 


  • Seriously Mom, What's An Alpaca?

    By Codybuddy 1
    This is the first book in a series by Alan Parks. I settled down in my hammock and was swept away to Spain with Alan and Lorna. I experienced their joy, frustrations and all the emotions that make up life as they moved to a different country and began a new lifestyle. Their story will touch anyone who loves and are fascinated by a variety of animals; yes, even Alpacas. If you ever wanted to buy a home in a new country with a different language and culture, then you will be interested in how they adapted and appreciated the changes. Now, I think you have read enough from me, a reviewer who sedately reclines and immerses herself in a book. You could be on a real life-changing adventure with Alan and Lorna who actually lived it! Just prepare yourself to fall in love with all their critters, and like me, rush to get book two and three.
  • Living an the Wild Side

    By go4grlz
    In this interesting account you meet a daring couple, several lovable alpacas, each with unique personalities, and their caring Spanish speaking neighbors. At the end is a website where you can actually arrange to meet them! Animal lovers and the culturally curious alike will really enjoy this book.
  • Excellent book

    By CelgicGal55
    This is such a great book. It was interesting reading about why the author and his wife decided to move to Spain, and to hear all the heartwarming stories about their animals. The stories about the neighbors and townspeople are great too!
  • Interesting Read

    By Linda KS
    It took a lot of guts for Lorna and Alan to move from the UK to to an old olive mill in Spain. I still can't get over the idea of solar power for energy and water from a spring! It wasn't an easy transition for them, especially after they brought in the Alpacas, but they persevered and carved a life together in rural Andalucía. This memoir, written in an honest, easy-to-read style will hold your interest until the very end.