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'I was warned by all those who knew me that to take on a project like this was madness' At the peak of her fast paced career presenter and interviewer Selina Scott bought a house in the Tramuntana hills of Mallorca It was a dilapidated old farmhouse without even mains electricity or water but she had fallen in love with the beauty and peace of the surroundings and the promise of an escape from her high pressured job and unwelcome ta I have just read this book for the second time Largely because Selina Scott is in current series of the Real Marigold Hotel I loved it again

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A House In The High Hills

Bloid attention Selina begins to settle into Mediterranean life and spends time renovating the house However she soon realises that making the old house her home is going to be difficult than she thought From the unwelcome wildlife that insists on sharing her house to dubious building work locals both friendly and hostile and a forest fire that threatens the whole valley Selina's new life is full of unexpected challenges In this fun I picked this up from the library while searching for books about Spain It s set in Mallorca and is about Selina Scott s experiences there in a vaguely defined period straddling 1992The main threads of the book are how she improves the old farmhouse she has bought and how she rescues a particularly maltreated dog Along the way she describes the local landscape and her local village and its characters so that you can almost see them She seems to have been there at a time of rapid changes when wealthy foreigners started arriving it s interesting to see how she describes the old coexisting with the newAnd then there are her journalistic exploits recounted with modesty but interesting all the same Her eye for detail and her almost lyrical descriptions of nature and wildlife set it apart from many other we moved and abroad and this is what happened books Well worth a read for a bit of undemanding but charming escapism The only downside for me as an editor and writer was the eccentric in not bizarre punctuation For example commas seemed to be rationed and when they did appear were often wrong Her publisher evidently doesn t believe in getting books copy edited

Selina Scott ↠ 5 Summary

Ny elegantly written account of her Spanish years Selina tells us about the house that captured her heart the neighbours that became friends and those that didn't the hills and wildlife that enchanted her the building work that nearly broke her and crucially the dog that found her and changed every single one of her best laid plans An uplifting story of escape change and friendship 'A terrific read beautifully written' Richard Madel First and most importantly this is the same book as A Long Walk in the High Hills so don t be tempted to buy that one too Mind you I wouldn t particularly recommend either Weary from her time on BBC breakfast television Selina Scott finds a refuge from her celebrity status aaah in an old farmhouse in Mallorca where she has no electricity or running water The sections about her house her neighbours the surrounding countryside and living in Mallorca are fairly interesting but the time line of her life there is very muddled One minute she s starting work on The Clothes Show in 1986 next she s filming a documentary in 1992 about the Spanish royal family When she also relates her experiences filming the Greek royal family it felt like name dropping to me Overall a pretty mundane book I m afraid


4 thoughts on “A House In The High Hills

  1. says:

    I have just read this book for the second time Largely because Selina Scott is in current series of the Real Marigold Hotel I loved it again

  2. says:

    I picked this up from the library while searching for books about Spain It's set in Mallorca and is about Selina Scott's experiences there in a vaguely defined period straddling 1992The main threads of the book are how she improves the old farmhouse she has bought and how she rescues a particularly maltreated dog Along the way she describes the local landscape and her local village and its characters so that

  3. says:

    First and most importantly this is the same book as A Long Walk in the High Hills so don't be tempted to buy that one too Mind you I wouldn't particularly recommend either Weary from her time on BBC breakfast television Selina Scott finds a refuge from her celebrity status aaah in an old farmhouse in Mallorca where she has no elect

  4. says:

    Really enjoyed this one Ms Scott is an excellent storyteller