Title: The Olive Farm, a Memoir of Life, Love and ...
Publisher: Overlook Press
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: New
Edition: First American Edition First Printing
332 pages. Carol and her husband-to-be Michel have the opportunity to purchase ten acres of a disused olive farm in the South of France. The idea seems ridiculously far-fetched. After all,they are a young couple of limited means and have only been together a short time. But the splendor of the region becomes a force they are unable to resist. Michel presents their entire savings as a down payment for the farm, embarking the family on an adventure that will bring them in close contact with the charming countryside, querulous personalities, petty bureaucracies, and extraordinary wildlife (including a ravenous wildboar) of Provence. Bookseller Inventory # 008715
Synopsis: THE OLIVE FARM is television actress Carol Drinkwater's lyrical account of a new life in France; about her house Appassionata and the trials and tribulations of acquiring an olive farm, restoring it, farming the olives, overcoming the heartaches of taking on a 'new' *French family and understanding slowly the workings and lifestyle of a vivacious Provencal community. THE OLIVE FARM opens the door on a bustling Mediterranean world using Carol Drinkwater's old abandoned villa as the gateway to it. The book explores the local landscape, the various al fresco jazz festivals, the colourful carnival in Nice, the local cuisine, meals around an oval wooden table, the cycle of olive farming and pressing, local wines, Carol's bizarre friendship with a toothless Arab gardener, hours whiled away in magnificent hammock lugged all the way from northern Brazil because its colours were an exact match for the slatted wooden shutters, and Picasso's museum at Antibes. It is a celebration of Appassioinata and its wonderful olive-groved, sun-drenched world and its unlikely cast of characters.
The new leader of the pack (THE TIMES)
Beautifully written with a great sense of humour, it captures perfectly the dreamy atmosphere of the south of France and its people (WOMAN AND HOME)
Charming and well written (DAILY MAIL)
A spellbinding memoir (CHOICE)
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