Journalist and Author
Anna Nicholas is the most prolific British author writing about Mallorca today. She lives in the Soller family with her husband, Alan - known as the Scotsman in her travel books - son, Ollie (currently working abroad), and a menagerie of animals.
The travel series
The author has written a series of six best-selling, humorous Mallorca based travel titles that celebrate life in the Soller valley and explore the history, culture, customs, gastronomy and people of the island. The long-awaited seventh in the series, Peacocks in Paradise, will be published in June 2021.
New crime fiction series
More recently, she has penned the first two in a new Mallorca based crime series starring feisty and loveable Soller valley sleuth, Isabel Flores Montserrat. Isabel runs a holiday rentals agency while helping the National Police to solve puzzling island crimes, as in her former life she was a detective inspector. She loves life, her family, close community and pet ferret and lives for the moment.
The first in the new series, published in 2019, was The Devil’s Horn, and the second, Haunted Magpie, will be released 19, November 2020 and is available for pre-order at Amazon sites, such as Haunted Magpie: An Isabel Flores Mallorcan Mystery and via Kindle as an eBook, plus good bookshops in the UK.
Anna is a respected travel journalist and has written for many leading publications including Telegraph UK, FT How to spend it, the Times, Independent , Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller, UltraTravel, Wanderlust, the Robb Report, and Tatler. She is the Mallorca destination expert for Telegraph UK (CLICK TO VIEW) and writes a weekly column for the newspaper, Majorca Daily Bulletin.
Lions, Grand Pianos and Mountain Peaks!
She has run ten full marathons in different countries - the last was in 2019, running with lions and wild beasties on a South African reserve - raising money for her favourite charities. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and a member of Women in Journalism. She has been an international adjudicator for the Guinness Book of Records and wrote a book, Strictly Off the Record, about her adventures judging records around the world with founder, Norris McWhirter, CBE (available on Kindle). With her old chum, veteran British explorer, Colonel John Blashford-Snell, CBE, she often takes part in tough global expeditions to far flung countries and terrains including Mongolia, Guyana, Nepal, Colombia and along the Amazon, helping remote communities. The pair once organised an expedition to carry a grand piano through swamps and along perilous rivers to a remote Amerindian tribe in South America, which was the subject of a BBC TV documentary.
Anna loves cooking, theatre and films, and running and climbing in the mountains. She and her chum, Alison, have so far climbed 50 of the 54 1,000+m peaks of Mallorca. Only four to go!
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BOOKS IN ORDER
A Lizard in my Luggage
Cat on a hot tiled roof
Goats from a small island
Donkeys on my doorstep
A bull on the beach
A chorus of cockerels
The Devil's Horn
Strictly off the record – On the trail of world records with Norris McWhirter