Updated 26 December: I don’t have too much time just to sit down and read a book. It’s a luxury, so it’s one I take seriously, and only pick up books I think I’m going to like. Sometimes that’s a disappointment, other times a book expected to be good turns out indeed to be a good book, but other times a book turns out to be a delightful surprise! And so it is with A Shark in the Bath!

My expectations weren’t all that high because although I expected it to be well written, and a subject of interest because Tenerife-based, I’m just not a short story type of reader. But even though I value my reading time I decided I’d give it a chance this Christmas, the first time I had to do so since I got my copy in September. And what a joy it’s been to lose myself in it this Christmas! 

It’s indeed well written, and it’s of course based in and around Tenerife, but it’s like a step into the past of the island and its characters which shows, not just tells, what the island was like when early telephone exchanges were (wo)manned by local info-gatherers (gossips!), and how today’s arrivals in cayucos and pateras are the inverse of the Canarian exodus to Venezuela … not that long ago. And if you don’t find a tear dropping when you read of Marta and Domingo’s reunion then you’ve a heart of stone! 

This is a little gem of a book. Charming, comfortable, familiar, and about a Tenerife we all think we know but which has hidden “rincones” and a recent history and development that is simply breathtaking … and brought alive by the light John Reid so sensitively and sympathetically shines on it. It’s helped make my Christmas, so I hope it helps persuade you to pick it up if you haven’t already! 

Original post 9 August: Reid is a popular local author known for The Skipping Verger and Other Tales, and the collection of short stories now has a follow-up with A Shark in the Bath and Other Stories (Tenerife Tales). It’s been reviewed in the Canarian press – see El Día HERE – and can be bought from Amazon HERE.


source https://www.janetanscombe.com/news/local-canarian-author-john-reid-publishes-a-shark-in-the-bath-a-short-stories-follow-up-to-the-skipping-verger.html

Election Called Over Budget

Election Called Over Budget

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has called a general election on 28 April. Sánchez is leader of the socialist party, PSOE, which has been in minority Government since a vote of No Confidence last summer (see HERE), and as we saw only a week ago with the proposed...

Environmental Restoration

Environmental Restoration

Updated 12 February 2019: The Canarian Government’s Environment Department has initiated procedures to declare areas around the Taucho shooting range to be “contaminated”. The measure was taken at the end of last month and follows denuncias, studies and checks last...


Pin It on Pinterest

Share This