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A Parrot in the Pepper Tree: A Sort of Sequel to Driving Over Lemons [Paperback]

Chris Stewart
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30 May 2002
Chris Stewart turns another leaf on his life in southern Spain in this evocative and very funny Sort Of sequel to his best-selling biography, Driving Over Lemons. It is fact part sequel - further (mis)adventures of Chris and his family in their remote Andalusian farm - and part prequel, looking back on Chris' previous lives, drumming with the teenage Genesis and in a circus, shearing sheep in midwinter Sweden and heading off to Spain to learn flamenco guitar. Chris Stewart turns another leaf on his life in southern Spain in this evocative and very funny Sort Of sequel to his best-selling biography, Driving Over Lemons. It is fact part sequel - further (mis)adventures of Chris and his family in their remote Andalusian farm - and part prequel, looking back on Chris' previous lives, drumming with the teenage Genesis and in a circus, shearing sheep in midwinter Sweden and heading off to Spain to learn flamenco guitar.Chris Stewart’s DRIVING OVER LEMONS told the story of his move to a remote mountain farm in Las Alpujarras – an oddball region of Spain, south of Granada. Funny, insightful and real, the book became an international bestseller. A PARROT IN A PEPPER TREE, the sequel to Lemons, follows the lives of Chris, Ana and their daughter, Chloë, as they get to grips with a misanthropic parrot who joins their home, Spanish school life, neighbours in love, their amazement at Chris appearing on the bestseller lists . . and their shock at discovering that their beloved valley is once more under threat of a dam. A Parrot in the Pepper Tree also looks back on Chris Stewart’s former life – the hard times shearing in midwinter Sweden (and driving across the frozen sea to reach island farms); his first taste of Spain, learning flamenco guitar as a 20-year old; and his illustrious music career, drumming for his schl band Genesis (sacked at 17, he never quite became Phil Collins), and then for a circus.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sort Of Books (30 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095352275X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953522750
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is everything that made the first book so hugely successful - endearing, heartwarming, self-deprecating, sometimes surreal." Evening Standard" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Chris Stewart prepared for life on a mountain farm in Spain with jobs of doubtful relevance. After leaving Genesis (he drummed on the first album), he joined a circus, learnt how to shear sheep, crewed a yacht in Greece, went to China for the Rough Guides, gained a pilot’s license in Los Angeles, and completed a course in French cking. Despite the extraordinary success of his first two books, Chris, Ana and their daughter Chlöe continue to live on their farm, with their numerous dogs, cats, chickens, sheep and one misanthropic parrot.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transported to another place 11 Jun 2003
By J. Cronin VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I did not read the preceding book "Driving Over Lemons", so I was coming into this authors writing blind. But I was captivated by his descriptions of his neighbours and people encountered on his hillside farm. From Domingo, the neighbour of many talents, to Trev, who deisgned and built an eco-folly for the author.
You get impression at times, that money was tight for the author and his family, but yet they enjoyed the live that Andalucia offered them. Chapters in this book will make you chuckle, especially the description of Porca the parrot and his love for Ana, the authors wife.
The only critique I have is that I felt we are somewhat abandoned at the end of the book. But I do suppose that means, there will be a third installment. In the meantime, I'm going to go and read the first.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Answer; Chris Stewart. What a delightful read this is! Following on from 'Driving Over Lemons', Chris Stewart's first book, it is so easy to picture the people, the expressions on their faces, the terrain, feel the warm sun and oh yes, see that darn parrot. Chris Stewart has a certain droll way of expressing himself. I found myself laughing out loud, both at the events that are retold and the way they are expressed. The only bad thing about this book is that it came to the end, and without another one to carry on with. Come on Chris, stop messing about with the farm, get pen to paper!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Donkey in the Privet Hedge 28 Jun 2002
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A parrot in the Pepper Tree by Chris Stewart
Despite the rather unlikely title to this book and its predecessor, 'Driving over Lemons' I found it really compulsive reading.
As it turns out both titles have some relevance which becomes apparent somewhere in the tales told by Chris Stewart. He comes across as a likeable chap who wends his way through life like the ball in a game of bagatelle. Much of the reading is captivating and it's tempting not to stop at the end of the chapter but to continue and satisfy your curiosity.
The bleakness of a farmer's existence in the Alpujarras region of Spain is highlighted still more with the arrival of Chris and Ana's daughter Chole. To read about the happy development of Chole I could not help but to ask myself some questions. Would I have brought up a child in this environment? Would I have had the guts to go there in the first place? The characters and way of life captured in this book are as far away from your two week package holiday as you could possibly get, which is probably the attraction.
Now and then (just when you are wondering how they coped without a microwave) a new acquisition drags the family into the 21st Century like a radio telephone or battery charger. However the impression the author gives is that of a lifestyle not really changed for hundreds of years.
I found 'A parrot in a Pepper Tree' a thoroughly enjoyable read and a temporary antidote to the rat race that its author has skilfully left behind.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You live the life yourself 30 July 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I could not imagine that A Parrot in the Pepper Tree would in anyway match the first book Driving Over Lemons. But, I can honestly say I enjoyed the book even more than the first. Starting with a totally different landscape and type of expression while sheep sheering, Chris makes you feel like you are out in the wilderness too. The return to Spain is magic and you can imagine how he felt when seeing his wife and daughter in the distance, and his apprehension at encroaching on the special relationship of a mother and daughter. The book was finished far too quickly, and this is my only criticism. Sincerely hope there is a sequel. A very enjoyable read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and upbeat Spanish adventures 2 Dec 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is a very enjoyable sequel to 'Driving Over Lemons'. Chris Stewart gently introduces the reader to a series of Spanish adventures involving his small family, his guitar, his mountain farm and a whole cast of characters, both human and animal. Even when his farm is threatened, his writing remains upbeat. Enjoy this book about an alternative lifestyle and dream of visiting Los Alpujarras in Spain next year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great light reading 2 Sep 2002
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As with Driving over Lemons, this is a very readable book, the sort of book that doesn't take anything out of you and leaves you feeling good about life, the universe and sheep shearing. It's not heavy, indeed, it's fairly trivial stuff, but it's readable, funny, well written and enjoyable. If you want heavy try Theroux, if you want a good book to relax with, Chris Stewart is your man !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, funny and honest 23 Mar 2007
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I picked this book up when I saw it lying on a friend's coffee table and became absorbed from the first chapter, so much so I was barely able to put it down until it was finished. It is written in a humorous, fluent and self-deprecating style that provides a fascinating insight into life as an ex-pat in a remote foreign farming community. The book's worth is increased for me by it coming across as a very honest account of events naturally brought to life by the characters and their situation. Each chapter is a self-contained episode which keeps the whole thing fresh. I certainly chuckled aloud at one or two sections; the improptu talk given to the Swedish on cattle rearing in England being particularly memorable. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun, refreshing and personal 18 April 2003
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Stewart’s sequel is as good as the original and this is one of those books that leave you with the same feeling felt after a good hot bath after a hard day’s work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More of the same
Further to my comments regarding The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society, I was also very pleased with this further book by Chris Stewart and will be looking for further books... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mrs E J Bellamy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as Driving Over Lemons.
Chris Stewart writes well and I enjoyed it, but I would call it more of a 'pick up and put down' holiday book. I preferred his first book "Driving Over Lemons". Read more
Published 1 month ago by kangaroo
5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb book from Chris Stewart
Probably my favourite of the trilogy. Well written, amusing and the characters were really bought to life.
A thoroughly recommended read.
Published 1 month ago by Clashcity
5.0 out of 5 stars Again, this was present for my son in law
This was another follow up book to boos preciously bought by my son I law. I would highly recommend as a good read, along this this authors other books.
Published 1 month ago by elsiemary
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
Ideal book for holiday reading. Preferred Driving over Lemons but still enjoyable the sort you can pick up at any time
Published 2 months ago by Yvonne Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I enjoyed how the author is down to earth and value more quality of life than money. And it`s funny.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. N. G. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Author
This was a replacement for one that I had lent and didn't get back, no one is getting this one!
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. C. J. Elms
4.0 out of 5 stars Chronicles of an ex-pat who has settled on a remote farm in the...
Read this book as I was spending a week in the area described and so was able to pick out certain features of the landscape talked about. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
Easy to read and very enjoyable. A good feeling book from start to finish. I can sincerely recommend it. A good insight to an expats life in rural Spain. The characters come alive.
Published 7 months ago by Helen Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars A parrot in the pepper tree
A fantastic read again from chris stewart. I ate an orange almost ever day whilst reading this great book a very enjoyable read
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