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Regular blog readers may have noticed that most of my blogposts have been removed. That is because they are being to be worked into a book that will be published by NALEDI Publishers! Title: Guesthouse Life. Deadline for it to be on the shelves and available for online sales is the end of August 2024. They will also do a book for e-readers.
I know that most fellow guest house owners could have written a book about their guest house lives – this one is for you.
The story is as much about restoring a long-neglected historic home and the stories of the people who call it home. And home away from home – that will be the guests. My book was developed from diaries, journals, blog posts, and more than twenty-eight years of experience in the hospitality industry. The reader is transported into the life of a guesthouse owner - memories, advice, inspiration, and the odd recipe. Not a coffee table book or recipe book, but an easy read.
To quote Nikos Kazantzakis in Zorba the Greek. ‘Wife, children, house, everything. The full catastrophe’. Thirty-two chapters, variable in length. The last six chapters clearly show a build-up of frustration as the B&B owner becomes overwhelmed by the responsibilities and frustrations of running an accommodation establishment but gradually regains her equilibrium and finds joy and contentment again.
What an exciting exercise this has been. I now know that submitting that manuscript is a very humbling experience. I am so encouraged by the Naledi team who are tasked to turn my manuscript into a book. I keep on questioning whether people will buy the book - Imposter Syndrome is real!
About the blog
This is the story of our house, lovingly restored and shared with guests and family since 1995.