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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale; 1st Paperback Edition edition (3 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840241632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840241631
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter Kerr, the best-selling Scottish author, was born in Lossiemouth, Morayshire, in 1940. His award-winning 'Snowball Oranges' series of five Mallorcan-based books have sold in large numbers worldwide and have been translated into eleven languages. They recount the often hilarious adventures experienced by Peter and his family while running a small orange farm on the Spanish island during the 1980s.

'Thistle Soup' is a prequel to these books and is a humorous though sometimes poignant account of his boyhood in East Lothian, 'The Garden of Scotland', where he eventually followed in his farming grandfather's footsteps.

Peter now concentrates on writing fiction. His first novel, 'The Mallorca Connection', was a rare mix of suspense and comedy and has been followed to date by four other equally quirky yarns, with both Spanish and Scottish settings.

In the 1960s, Peter was a jazz musician - the clarinettist-leader of Scotland's premier jazzband, 'The Clyde Valley Stompers', with whom he recorded the hit version of 'Peter and the Wolf' for Beatles producer George Martin.

From 1970 onwards, Peter combined farming beef and barley in East Lothian with freelance record production, hitting the jackpot with the biggest-selling instrumental single of all time, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards 'Amazing Grace'. He also wrote the music and lyrics (some say bizarrely!) for The Krankies' trademark song, 'Fan-Dabi-Dozi'.

Peter, married with two sons, now lives in East Lothian and has recently published his first historical novel, 'Song of the Eight Winds', which is set in 13th century Mallorca.

Website: www.peter-kerr.co.uk

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Amazon Review

Anyone contemplating running a fruit farm in Spain would do well to read Peter Kerr's Mañana, Mañana, which describes how he left Scotland with his wife and two wary sons to set up a little valley farm growing oranges in the Mallorcan countryside.

Far from being an idyllic option in "tranquilo" surroundings, the family have to work hard to survive and the gaps in their accumulated knowledge soon become apparent. Of immediate concern, for instance, is their seemingly healthy orange orchard which turns out to be riddled with diseases. Thankfully, however, the Kerr's wise neighbour Pepe--who aligns all farming tasks to the phases of the moon--intervenes and strips down the trees so that they and the family's fortune again become viable. Indeed, there is no shortage of well-meaning advisors to guide the Kerrs through and past the pitfalls they encounter: cackling, good-natured Maria with her increasingly strange selection of old wives tales (does burning donkey manure really keep away mosquitoes?); Jordi, who prides himself on his alcohol intake and knowledge about the local traffic police; Scottish Jock, who can lead them through the convoluted "Mañana, Mañana" attitude of the bureaucracy.

Throughout, as in his previous book, Snowball Oranges, Kerr excels in his character descriptions. He populates the book with vivid and likeable personalities and the family's relationships with these colourful people are often the cue to lively and hilarious adventures: rampaging pigs, eventful boat trips, dogs with strange fetishes. The expected malapropisms are genuinely funny and unexpected too--all contributing to a narrative with a generous helping of laugh-out-loud moments.

However, what really distinguishes Mañana, Mañana, apart from its well-drawn and interesting characters, is its honesty and realism. The sunshine and fun is balanced by some dark moments when the family wonder if they have done the right thing and, consequently, the writing never seems smug or self-assured--just a record of a likable family trying to make the most of a new way of life. Not forgetting that all the while the beautiful and majestic Mallorcan countryside lies in wait in the background, ready to charm the reader just as it has the Kerr family... --Christina McLoughlin

Review

"Kerr's writing evokes a spirit of place that will appeal to both
armchair travelers and vacationers."
-- Publishers Weekly (USA)

"Scotland's top travel writer"
-- Writer's Forum, October 2007

'captures the Mallorcan landscape and character' ... 'funnier, grittier and more textured than Mayle's best-selling book' -- BOOKPAGE, USA, July 03

A colourful story about simple family life in Majorca. -- ABTA Magazine, November 2001

A great read for anyone, whether fans of travel of not. -- M2 Best Books

An easy to read, light-hearted look at Mallorcan life and culture... -- The Scottish Farmer, July 2001

An engaging account of tranquilo life. -- Island Sun, 11 August 2001

Engaging, humorous account of Mallorcan life from the author of Snowball Oranges. -- Puertopollensa.com. March, 2007

Kerr has an ability reminiscent of D.H.Lawrence to capture the overwhelming oppressive feel of physical fatigue on a hot day. -- Monocle Magazine

Tells the story of Peter Kerr's familiy's sometimes comic adventures as Spanish orange growers. -- The Sunday Express, January 2002

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb 2002
Format: Paperback
This is not the typical style of travel book I enjoy reading but I was glad I tried this one. Perhaps it's something to do with the way men write about their new lives as compared to women, but rarely do I finish a book of this kind unless it's written by a female or is about my most loved country, Italy.
I have little to add to the previous review but it is an honest book and once again I commend the whole family for their bravery. It is a huge step to take particularly with two sons, and with so much to learn about the basic necessity of earning a living ! (I trust the books have helped ?)
It's a very good book to read prior to a visit to the island, as there are one or two valuable insights which will make your visit more enjoyable. I think Snowball Oranges is slightly better for gleaning information about the Mallorcan way of life but do read at least one.
I would very much like to know more abot Ellie and what her real role is in this new venture so perhaps a third book will be forthcoming ?
I have no hesitation in commending this book to anyone vaguely interested in escaping the British way of life, whether physically or mentally !
My appetite has certainly been sharpened for my forthcoming visit to the Island.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 July 2001
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I read Kerr's Snowball Oranges last summer which dealt with his family's first (winter) months in Mallorca. Manana Manana sees them adjusting to the lifestyle and the relentless summer heat, and getting closer to the locals. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read that will transport you to the Mallorcan countryside - the author is extremely adept at playing with all of your senses to bring you the sights, sounds and smells of the Mallorcan countryside; hard to describe (unless you are the author of course), but there is a real mediterranean atmosphere throughout the book. Once duly transported, you are treated to the series of events and scrapes that the Kerr's seemingly enjoy/endure with differing degrees of relish. Mostly a riot, but peppered with some genuinely touching moments.
I highly recommend this book - if you have time, read Snowball Oranges first (subsequently reading Manana Manana is a bit like being reunited with old friends), though it isn't a prerequisite as the author is careful to provide background information from the first book where required. I'm now going to try and get my job relocated to Mallorca (as if......)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joanne on 23 April 2003
Format: Paperback
I read this back to back with the brilliant Snowball Oranges whilst actually on holiday in Mallorca. The tales of Peter Kerr and his family in the wonderfully simple and genuine Mallorcan countryside are hilarious, touching and very informative. Plenty of colourful phrases to be learnt too. Loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "jobbeeee" on 9 Aug 2003
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This book is in the genre I usually go for but what a five star read this is. I read it whilst rained in for a week on the west coast of Scotland and as such could see real midge infected reasons for this families desire to start a new life on a Spanish island. It has the successful mix of farming disasters, public relation hang-ups - solved with humour. Trouble with the law, small farmstead - slow life - siesta - no hurries - no worries lifestyles. Primarily it took me to a hot place, riddled with the special kind of arid - tolerant attitudes that must prevail to make a go of it, which the Kerr family certainly exhibit. I am not generally fussy it's true as to my literary choices, as long as it's travel based, set near the Med. and is funny. This certainly fits the bill, and like my recent spectacular reads of Ripe for the picking, Eh? Is For Ants and A Parrot in the Pepper tree it has me itching to book a flight with a budget airline like pronto! That wet cloud over our holiday cottage certainly had a silver lining.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Mar 2002
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Having read Snowball oranges which I loved, I eagerly purchased Manana Manana. I was not disappointed, following on from Snowball Oranges, this book perfectly depicted the daily amusing incidents faced by Scottish family in the unfamiliar (to them) Malorcan summer. It took me back to sunnier weather, a manana lifestyle and I was chuckling throughout. A great fun book to read, interesting and entertaining and a fab sequel. I look forward to many more such books from Peter Kerr.Bravo!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L E Knox, Dunoon on 8 Dec 2012
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After getting a kindle I downloaded all of Peter Kerr's books and have never been disappointed in any of them.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Samdescartes on 6 July 2002
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Peter Kerr, doesn't write in the genre of Pete McCarthy/ Joseph O'Connor, but as one living the life under the sun of Mallorca. So if you picked up either this book or his previous ones and expected Bill Bryson, meets McCarthy meets O Connor, you'd be disappointed!
I read his first and was semi disappointed, but never one to dismiss him, I picked up a copy of Manana Manana and started to read.
I can't say I was overtly gripped by the story, but as its 'follow on', I already knew the main players and learnt more about them.
Therefore it was 'old faces' that I knew and read about, and how the kerr's first summer on Mallorca was taking hold.
The Kerr Family adapting to live as fruit farmers, and the laughs about the things that happened to them along the way.
And I say one thing to Peter Kerr, STOP TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT THE NICE PARTS OF THE ISLAND!You will spoil it for us that have known about them for years!
In a way he has been the one man band who may encourage people to visit the island, more so than Antioch their minister has done in the past year!
But, on a more serious note, there was something lacking, there was moments of sheer enjoyment and then something which made it all fall flat later on.
I haven't given up on Mr Kerr just yet, and have even pre ordered his 3rd book! Maybe the missing element comes with practice of writing, and to be honest I just don't know what it is that is missing, maybe I have read too many Bryson/ O'Connor/ McCarthy /Mayle books, but its a nice gentle to read when sitting on the beach, when you thought all Mallorca consisted off was egg & chips down the pub in Magaluff.
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