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A Shark in the Bath and Other Stories

What would you do if you found a shark in a hotel bath?

The hotel manager was horrified. Well, he would be, wouldn't he? There's a shark in a guest's bath. 

Hotel sharks aren't the only surprise in this intriguing collection of short stories set in Spain's Canary Islands…

•There's a desperate race against time to arrest one of the Great Train Robbers when he flees to Tenerife.
•A British revolutionary gets caught up in the illegal transport of human cargo during the dark days of the General Franco dictatorship.
•A young American is shocked when he finds out why island villagers are convinced he's a ghost.
•When a pirate's chest was discovered in a cave near a waterfall, nobody could have expected what lay within.

In these, and other fascinating stories, you'll encounter a host of captivating characters, some of whom have left their mark in the history of these beautiful Atlantic islands.

Sit back and let the delightful writing of John Reid Young transport you to bygone days of love, war, intrigue and adventure in the sub-tropical sunshine of Tenerife.

Author Details

John Reid Young
John Reid Young was born in London's Welbeck Street in 1957. Although he has spent most of his life in the Canary Islands, home to his paternal ancestors since the middle of the 19th century, he was educated at private schools in England and Scotland. He joined the Royal Navy for a brief period in 1976. He admits to having entered the service as a rather immature schoolboy unready for hard work. Consequently it was a disaster. He went to university where he read Law and Politics and completed his studies with a Master's degree in Diplomatic Studies. After a brief spell in London where he was interviewed for the SIS in 1988 he returned to the Canary Islands. He is now a family man where he has enjoyed nothing more than swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, playing tennis and gardening. He owns Tenerife Private Tours with which he finds great pleasure meeting people from all over the world. He has provided his voice to numerous recordings. He has translated a variety of documents and publications, including for the regional Parliament. He has published several articles and keeps an historical blog, Travel Stories in Tenerife and the Canary Islands. His first collection of very short stories, The Skipping Verger and Other Tales, confirmed his passion for telling a good story.