I have always enjoyed both writing, and reading books. It has been a long-held dream of mine to write a book about our move to live here in the beautiful Algarve in Portugal.

That dream came true in April of 2020, when I published my first ever book. I am now busy writing the sequel, which should be published by the end of 2020 - and I am already busy planning Book 3, which will be a compilation of expat stories and Algarve experiences.

Watch this space for more information coming soon, and please email me on author@alysonsheldrake.com if you would like to be the first to know when my next book is released.

Living the Dream

My first book 'Living the Dream - in the Algarve, Portugal' is now available to purchase worldwide on Amazon.

The book is available in Paperback, Large Print Edition, and eBook version.

Could you leave everything behind and start a new life in the sun?

Have you ever been on holiday abroad and wondered what it would be like to live there?

Alyson and Dave Sheldrake did. They fell in love with a little fishing village in the Algarve, Portugal, and were determined to realise their dream of living abroad. They bought a house there, ended their jobs, packed up everything they owned and moved to the Algarve to start a new life.

Follow them as they battle with Portuguese bureaucracy, set up their own businesses, adopt a rescue dog and learn to adapt to a slower pace of life. Laugh with them as Alyson propositions a builder, they try to master the Portuguese language, and successfully navigate the 'expat' world.

Part guidebook, mostly memoir; this is a refreshingly honest and often hilarious account of life abroad.

Amazon Links to Purchase

Click the link here if you are in the UK:

Amazon UK Link: https://amzn.to/3e9o8M3

or here for a worldwide link:

Amazon Universal Link: https://bit.ly/2UXMzmU



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"This truly is a page-turning read and an inspiration to anybody who has had a dream - in Dave and Aly's case they have actually made it come true. The book has a lot of information in it and tells their story of living in Portugal with sensitivity, intelligence and humour.
Can't wait for the next one!"

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Free Photo Album

Please enjoy the free photo album that accompanies this book, which is full of photographs, art, and more information about us and our life here in the Algarve. Click the image below to view online:

Other Writing

I write a monthly article for the Tomorrow Magazine, and I am the western Algarve expert features writer for the Live and Invest Overseas Group.

I am also the writer behind the award-winning Algarve Blog. If you are interested in finding out more about life in the Algarve, click the link below:

Algarve Blog