Literary Tenerife

I’ve had emails now and then, or seen adverts, about books which aren’t information, as such, about Tenerife, but which are stories in which Tenerife is a major, sometimes the main, player. I’m happy now to set up a page for authors who write stories based on or set in Tenerife to have another outlet to bring their work to a wider audience. If anyone would like to post details of their book here, please either contact me through the contact page, or by email to Ideally, you’d send a visual blurb together with a link to a website and the Amazon page if applicable.


  • Dog Days in the Fortunate Islands, John Searancke


On the brink of retirement, John and his wife Sally are determined to end a life at the grindstone in grimy and wet Lancashire. Together with their beloved Jack Russell/Staffie cross, Freddie, a rescue dog from the local RSPCA, they embark on the journey of a lifetime and relocate to the island of Tenerife. In this travel memoir, John Searancke takes readers on a journey from the English Midlands, all the way through mainland Spain in a classic car to the north of Tenerife. With colourful characters and amusing anecdotes paving the way to a new life, the story of his retirement is bursting with laughter, love and a good measure of doggy derring-do! 

  •  Lágrimas en el mar, Pascal Buniet

Casa del Libro


John, a young Irishman comes across an African immigrant, a teenager, injured in  a desert area of the south coast of Tenerife where he arrived during the night aboard a “patera”. The Irishman who  lives very deeply depressed due to a tragic situacion in his past, decides to help him, influenced by remembrances and dreams in which a young black boy appears. The destiny will put in relation three persons who have nothing in common, diferent cultures, diferent countries: Mali, Ireland and Tenerife. The only link between them is immigration. A story of feelings and emotions.

This book is available in Spanish (Lágrimas en el mar – Tears in the sea) and French Des larmes d’espoir ( Tears of hope). It is available through Amazon, or in la casa del libro, both as a book and e-book. The author also always has books available in his restaurant, which is the Tasca Punta de Rasca, in Palm Mar.

  • The Skipping Verger and Other Tales, John Reid Young



  • BESET: A Desperate Search for Happiness in Times of Crisis, Lee Bullen


A father determinedly seeking happiness during the Global Financial Crisis embarks on a personal journey like no other, but his search to find renewed lust for life inadvertently leads to emotional mayhem and a devastating turn of events. However, despite mounting problems and difficulty accepting his autistic son’s worsening condition, he discovers that he may in fact be his own worst enemy…

  • More Ketchup Than Salsa, Joe Cawley


An hilarious insight into the wild and wacky characters of an expat community in a holiday destination, More Ketchup than Salsa is a must-read for anybody who has ever dreamed about jetting off to sunnier climes, finding a job abroad… or anybody who has even momentarily flirted with the idea of ‘doing a Shirley Valentine’ in these trying economic times.

  • Nobody’s Poodle, Nikki & Richard Attree


Nobody’s Poodle is a wooftastic book about a loveable ex-pat pooch uprooted from his home in cold, damp, muddy old England to start a new life in Tenerife – a Spanish holiday island. .. !

  • Tenerife Tall Tales, Tony Thorne


Tony’s actually written several books, including the original Tall Tales trilogy, which range through droll, quirky, macabre, and in the genre that might be labelled Fantasy or even SciFi.


  • Walking the Canary Islands, Alan Gandy


The adventures of a grumpy middle aged expat … . In the spring of 2012 Alan Gandy walked the length of the ‘Siete Islas’, the seven islands that make up the Canary Islands archipelago, a distance of just over 400km. This book is the story of his journey, his thoughts, observations and experiences along the way. This certainly isn’t a tourist guide. Part travelogue, part observation, partly about people encountered along the way, part comment and the ramblings of a man who spent far to much time alone for a few weeks. It’s nothing if not honest!


  • Unholy Days, Jason Lee

Unholy Days, a thriller about a Tenerife mayor’s attempts to regain a fortune lost centuries earlier, attempts which involve the criminal underworld, disappearances, and bodies turning up in various parts of the island. Who really runs this island and who will gain the elusive map that locates the Mexican silver from the days of the conquistadors? As the situation gets ever more complicated, this unputdownable thriller progresses with breathtaking suspense. The author, Jason Lee, has written fifteen books with his work translated into 12 languages. he is Professor of Culture and Creative Writing at De Montfort University, Leicester, and has known Tenerife well since 1984. Unholy Days is published by Roman Books, and is available from Amazon and Waterstones, details and links HERE.

unholy days


  • Concise PUN-ishing Dictionary for English Speakers, Pablo Dominguez

The second edition of this dictionary of puns which is available on  and in paperback at both Siddhartha and Stratford bookshops in Puerto de la Cruz. Pablo Dominguez, originally from Oviedo and now living in Tenerife, is Emeritus Professor at La Laguna University. He also has a blog of “Silly Stories” HERE. His dictionary is the perfect book for lovers of language play, with amusing and entertaining definitions with delightful and funny accompanying pictures.



The Canary Islands: A Cultural History, Peter Stone

You can read my description of the book HERE, and it’s available from Amazon HERE.

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  1. very amusing enjoyed!

    tell me – do you know of any writer retreats in Tfe or other islands?

    I need a sunny place with some interaction with other writers to review A SCRIPT (NOVEL)

  2. Author

    I personally don’t, but I hope some writers will see this and respond.

  3. Hi Paul
    I run the Tenerife Authors Group. We meet up once a month to discuss writing, publishing and marketing. Would be glad to have you as a guest!

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