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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sort of Books (4 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908745436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908745439
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When an author is as modest and humorous as this, his story cannot be told too often (The Times)

An affectionate account of living well in the shade and scent of Stewart's beloved organic citrus trees. Happy days (Iain Finlayson)

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Part Four of the million-selling Driving Over Lemons trilogy

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By CRP VINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2014
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Of all Stewart’s books this is my favourite.

A collection of stories and memories covering everything from Christmas flooding at El Valero, labouring as a teenage student, how Hardy's Gabriel Oak influenced his decision to become a shepherd, and Laurie Lee his ultimate move to Spain.

It’s fifteen years since his first book about the trials, tribulations and uncertainties of building a farm in the Alpujarra Mountains of Andalusia, but his enthusiasm for nature and living a frugal and sustainable lifestyle remains undiminished.

And he tells a good story, bringing everything about Spain to life. You feel you are there with him. The smells, the colour, the heat, the people and the food, whether he’s writing about family, pets, neighbours, sheep, celebrities (Rick Stein’s visit), 4B pencils or flooding.

His passion for food recurs throughout the book too. Growing fruit and vegetables- enjoying sweet Washingtonia oranges, tips on cooking wild boar, lamb, and making nettle soup etc.

Maybe a cookbook next?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tulip mania on 2 Sept. 2014
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Now a while ago I read the first book by the author: “Driving over Lemons”, which was an international bestseller. I still have a rather battered copy as I lent it to people quite a bit! I also read “ A Parrot in the Pepper Tree” and “The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society” by the same author which were also hugely enjoyable. They are all about life as lived on a small farm in a remote area in Andalucia in Spain. When the author and his wife bought the farm way back then there was no running water and no electricity. This book, his latest, is another extremely enjoyable read. The author is willing, in the most charming and humorous way, to share some of his life with you. There are anecdotes of wild boars, visiting famous tv chefs, a search for a 4B pencil, a tuna dishes judging competition, an encounter with some sort of faith healer, a raging torrent of rain resulting in the nearby river destroying their eco system etc etc. If there would be no mention of his very early stint in the pop group Genesis of course I would be disappointed - it is all fun. And in a way if you look at the charming photographs of his family, he and his wife cold easily pass for an ageing rockstar with his rockchick wife and their pretty daughter!

I find the contrast between the lighthearted, optimistic and humorous tone of the book and the hard physical work it must have taken to get the farm going in this isolated and difficult part of the world, intriguing. I always find Chris Stewart’s books difficult to put down and I was disappointed when it said on my Kindle: you have 1 minute to the end of the chapter and 99% has been read! (Too much information Kindle I must go back to physical books!) I actually thought it was an even better read than the ones which came before. It is also a great holiday read: go and buy, you will not be disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Coates on 15 Oct. 2014
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Having read all his other books, and enjoyed them, this was a given. Of course I was going to buy it and read it. So I did.

The title of the book is dealt with, almost in passing, over the first few chapters, which seemed a let down; the premise having been skirted over and around so carelessly.

The chapter on his first job (cha 5?) should have been cut completely by the editor as it has no place in the book and spoils what flow there is.

Overall I was disappointed with this book, and now would hesitate before buying a further instalment. It's shame, because when he has something to write about he can write with great insight, wit, and warmth.

I think this book was cynically put out to cash in on the deserved success of the former three.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V Phillips on 17 Aug. 2014
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I have followed Chris Stewart since his delightful Driving Over Lemons, which I adored and the well-thumbed copy has been re-read many times. Sadly, I think Chris is running out of interesting stories to tell, there is too much padding. Maybe he should turn totally to fiction now, based on his experiences.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carl on 30 July 2014
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Amusing anecdotes but seems to be pieced together and does not flow as well as the earlier books. Still worth a read but maybe a book to far.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Roger Risborough on 14 July 2014
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I hesitate to give this book its lowest star rating so far, if only to avoid the good kicking that normally leads to in "unhelpful" votes from friends, family (I'm sure that won't be the case here), and die-hard fans who hand-out 5 star reviews unquestioningly . . .
Leaving Amazon politics to one side, I was seduced into reading this after hearing the author on the radio, and had always meant to read one of his books. Maybe it was unfair to start with the fourth (and last?) part of the trilogy (author's joke), because this book refers back constantly to the earlier books, and Chris Stewart's story is no longer that of the outsider struggling with an unfamiliar culture, landscape and property, he is now the recognised local celebrity bogged-down by signing books, opening the local fiesta and judging tuna competitions. So there's a general absence of jeopardy, save for some torrential rain, a few lost sheep and impenetrable Spanish bureaucracy. Most disconcerting for the new reader though, is the way each chapter just sort of fizzles out rather than arriving at the expected punchline that defines this genre of book. Once you have come to terms with this though, you can relax into the amiable descriptions of landscape, family and friends - the people, in fact, who are probably right now reaching for the "unhelpful" button.
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