More Ketchup than Salsa
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Childhood sweethearts, Joe and Joy are broke and bored. They’re also tired of smelling of fish.

When offered the chance to escape from the dreary market stalls of England to run a bar on a sub-tropical island, they recklessly jump at the opportunity - despite their spectacular lack of experience.

In Tenerife, dreams of a better life overseas are soon crushed by mini-mafias, East European prostitutes and biblical-grade cockroach infestations.

Joe and Joy's foreign fantasy turns into a nightmare as they find themselves trapped with a failing bar in a foreign land, pandering to a bar full of oddball expats while trying to stop their relationship crashing into the rocks.

Can they save their business, their dreams, and their relationship before it's too late...

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Joe Cawley is an award-winning, full-time author and travel writer published in The Sunday Times, New York Post, Conde Nast Traveller and the Taipei Times amongst others.


"Fantastic, hilarious, painful. Completely un-put-downable. Probably the best book I have read this millenium!"

"Brilliant book... very funny..."

"If you buy one book this year, get this..."

"One of those 'Just one more chapter then I'll turn the light out' books... before you know it the sun is rising! Couldn't put it down."

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