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The Illustrated Olive Farm [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Carol Drinkwater
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Book Description

15 Sep 2005
THE OLIVE TRILOGY is the story of the love affair between actress Carol Drinkwater and television producer Michel Noll and a Provencal olive farm, Appassionata, which they fall in love with, buy and with little money and many tribulations restore with the aim of producing the finest olive oil. In this entirely new book Carol and Michel have documented their life on the olive farm: the highs and lows of harvesting and pressing, the constant concern about water, the adoption of animals, and the anxious search for ways to diversify. Local food and wine, customs, markets and fairs, friends and characterful neighbours, the whole Provencal way of life, are richly recounted and illustrated.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; Illustrated edition edition (15 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297844040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297844044
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 20.5 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Anglo-Irish actress Carol Drinkwater is perhaps still most familiar to audiences for her award-winning portrayal of Helen Herriot in the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small. A popular and acclaimed author and film-maker as well, Carol has published nineteen books for both the adult and young adult markets. She is currently at work on her twentieth title.
When she purchased a rundown property overlooking the Bay of Cannes in France, she discovered on the grounds sixty-eight, 400-year-old olive trees. Once the land was reclaimed and the olives pressed, Carol along with her French husband, Michel, became the producers of top-quality olive oil. Her series of memoirs, love stories, recounting her experiences on her farm (The Olive Farm, The Olive Season, The Olive Harvest and Return to the Olive Farm) have become international bestsellers. Carol's fascination with the olive tree extended to a seventeenth-month, solo Mediterranean journey in search of the tree's mythical secrets. The resulting travel books, The Olive Route and The Olive Tree, have inspired a five-part documentary films series entitled The Olive Route.

Carol has also been invited to work with UNESCO to help fund an Olive Heritage Trail around the Mediterranean with the dual goals of creating peace in the region and honouring the ancient heritage of the olive tree.

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'These engaging memoirs describe life at Appassionate...Carol guides us through the trails and tribulations of producing olive oil. What comes across is her love affair with a farm and a way of life that is utterly captivating...[an] exquisite collection.' (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

'it beautifully underlines Carol's double love affair with Michel and with Provence.' (LIVING EDGE (1.1.06))

'This beautifully photographed book is the follow-up to her much-loved Olive Trilogy.' (WAITROSE FOOD ILLUSTRATED (1.4.06))

About the Author

As an actress Carol Drinkwater was best known for her role as Helen Herriot in the BBC series 'All Creatures Great and Small'. Michel Noll, her husband, is a documentary film maker based in France.

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Customer Reviews

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Illustrated Olive Farm. 22 Feb 2006
This is the perfect gift for anyone that has enjoyed The Olive Farm, The Olive Season or The Olive Harvest. I had built up vivid pictures in my mind of René, the pool, Mr Q, the olive trees and the book confirmed that my imaginings were accurate. The photgraphy is wonderful and the book is a great insight in to life with the olives and all that that involves. There are wonderful pictures of the dogs, family, friends, even the dreaded wild boar. Recipes as well. I loved this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 14 Jun 2007
Having read the 'trilogy' Olive Farm, Olive Season and Olive Harvest, this book puts your minds images into photographs. Carols writing comes alive with the pictures as you can so clearly relate them to the tales and experiences she has shared with her readers. The book is definately worth the money as the photographs are superb and a credit to her husband. I've just bought her lastest book and can't wait to read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual Confirmation 8 Dec 2013
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Carol paints pictures in the mind with her words.The photographs confirm exactly her descrition of her home so one tends to accept other concepts she encompasses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Companion to the 6 Books 5 Sep 2013
When I read the first 2 Olive Farm books, I was delighted with Drinkwater's writing style and of course with the topic, but somewhat disappointed that the books have no photos.
A friend told me 2 years ago about this coffee table book and I ordered it.
This companion to the 6 Olive Farm books is highly recommendable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish i had found it sooner 25 July 2013
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I have read the Olive Farm books and tried to imagine what it was all like. This is a lovely photo book with narrative by Carol. I just wish I had realised sooner that she had brought it out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful book 25 April 2010
If you are a fan of Carol Drinkwater, especially her 'Olive Books' then this book is essential reading.
Carol is an intimate writer and this book lets us into her home and allows us to meet the characters that she has so lovingly written about in her books. To be able to see the scene of the action that comes across as so special to her and share a little of it's beauty and magic, is a treat not to be missed.
Even if one has had the misfortune not to have read any of her other books, then this book stands alone as a coffee table book illustrating the magical light and beauty of this region of southern France.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Carol for this book, which I have found to be the 'icing on the cake' of her 'Olive Books'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars damaged book 13 May 2014
By Dave
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I was promosed a replacement book or an alternative one for the damaged one. still waiting for replacement book.not very
good by world of books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning photography! 8 Feb 2014
I would highly recommend this glorious book! It is the perfect accompaniment to the Olive series ~ bringing all those mental images to life. I forgot to take it along to the recent France Show to ask Carol to sign it ~ definitely won't forget it next year!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating !
This book is such an interesting read. I've learnt lots of things from it. The photos are gorgeous, and really make you want to holiday in beautiful Provence.
Published 10 months ago by lilian s
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to see the fantastic places in the olive trees books
Read all the books now this put icing on the top to see the beautiful places Carol spoke about plus the lovely people and the beautiful scenery she really is living the dream a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by julie clements
4.0 out of 5 stars well illustrated
Nice book that enabled me to see what the places in the book series looked like . Nice book with good pictures
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. J. L. Bevan
5.0 out of 5 stars love it or should I say the person I bought if for does
This was a request presses for my friend, she loves Carole Drinkwaters books, and wanted to see just where the Olive Farm books were set, she was just so excited. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sue Hobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Coffee Table Book
A lovely book to build on the images obtained from reading all the books, so lovely to actually see how their farm has developed and blossomed.
Published 20 months ago by mouse
5.0 out of 5 stars The Illustrated Olive Farm
Wow - I love this book. I really enjoyed Carole Drinkwater's triology about her Olive Farm and although her descriptions are wonderful in those books I always wondered what the... Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2010 by kentishmaid
3.0 out of 5 stars Homes and Gardens meets Escape to the Country
Lovely pictures, cements the story and makes it even more real. The only downside is that there are not as many interior shots as expected, but the dog pictures are wonderful!
Published on 13 May 2009 by Blue Dog Girl
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