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The Olive Farm: A memoir of life, love and olive oil Paperback – 7 Jun 2001


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; Reprint edition (7 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349114749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349114743
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 725,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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* Restoring a French olive farm - an actress's lyrical account that will appeal to all admirers of UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN.

* Subtitle: A memoir of life, love and olive oil in the South of France


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
While the allure of a foreign land is a subject often plumbed by such attractive sojourners as Peter Mayle (A Year In Provence) and Frances Mayes (Under The Tuscan Sun), British writer/actress Carol Drinkwater offers refreshingly original musings on her love affair with southern France. She is particularly drawn to a tumble-down villa built in 1904; it is called Appassionata " a musical term meaning with passion." "I am in the south of France, gazing at the not-so-distant Mediterranean, falling in love with an abandoned olive farm," Ms. Drinkwater writes. "The property, once stylish and now little better than a ruin, is for sale with ten acres of land." Love, as has been said, is blind. In this case, an unabashed Francophile didn't see the lack of running water, save on a rainy day through holes in the roof, or moldering walls or the legions of insects who inhabit the long abandoned villa. She didn't envision the ponderously slow French property laws, the perplexities of nurturing olive trees, the idiosyncracies of the local residents, the vagaries of nature, or the amount of money needed to make her dream home habitable. Warmed by the Mediterranean sun she simply thought, "To restore this old olive farm, with views overlooking the sea. To create roots, and with this man......it may be illogical, but it feels right." She invests all of her resources, including her only insurance policy, in what her friends and parents deem to be a scheme of madness, and stakes her future with Michel, a man who proposed the day after they met.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cjopp@libertysurf.co.uk on 21 Aug 2011
Format: Paperback
I have now read all of Carol Drinkwater's books on her life on the Olive Farm and her journeys to find the history of the Olive Tree. They are all wonderful books that make me want to read them over and over again. Carol writes in a beautifully fluid manner that draws you in to make you feel that you are there with her. I would highly recommend all the books in this series and look forward to reading the next in the series if there is one.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By fivespud364 on 17 Aug 2006
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up on the ferry returning from a holiday in France along with the next book in the trilogy,

I am now about 2/3rds through the first book and have loved every bit of it so far Carol is every bit as good a writer as she is an actress she writes with such passion and such a humerous but factual way that you are transported there yourself you are living the dream with them and sharing the ups and downs of such a huge project.

It is one of the best books i have ever read its funny, its sad, its informative, it makes you want to have a better life for yourself and its a great way to unwind the stresses of modern life and drift you off to another world as you sleep.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aphrodite on 29 Dec 2007
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Carol Drinkwater weaves this wonderful tale of her blossoming life in Provence with Michel, the subject of her burgeoning romance. She writes so passionately and vividly that you can taste the plump succulent olives and warm crusty bread, smell the fragrant cypress trees and log fires, hear the cicadas as the leaves rustle and see the orange glow of the sun setting over Appassionata. Drinkwater writes from the heart in this intricate novel and entwines several humorous tales of her Provencal life into the story. Overall, this is a heartwarming, inspiring novel that transports the reader to the rural paradise of the South of France.
I urge you to get this book, it really will warm you to your soul and may even inspire you to follow your own dreams....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 July 2001
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This is a wonderful tale of struggles to realise a dream.From the moment the couple explore the ramshackle villa for water, peal away the ivy in the swimming pool and discover old and fascinating trees we are led into the company of a sensitive and perceptive writer.Weaving her story around local lore and characters who become involved with her in her ambition to restore the olive farm to its former glory the author traces the patterns of life, its triumphs and its agonies.This is a story that manages to capture a wonderful sense of self discovery and of relationships and leaves one curiously anticipating each new chapter.This is a great read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Graham on 6 Sep 2003
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I first became a fan of Ms. Drinkwater when she appeared in "All Creatures Great and Small." Then, in a film with Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman, she did a scathing star turn. That she is able to write as well, so very well indeed - was a revelation, for 'The Olive Farm' made me immediately want to pack my bags and fly to see the verdant countryside she described,
I never believed for a moment that a sequel could be so much more engrossing and personal, but 'The Olive Season' is filled with the stories of visitors to the farm, together with the difficulties of bringing the olives to fruit, but it is her baring her soul in dealing with the trauma of a personal tragedy that tears ones heart out that makes this book stand out. She must be a fighter for she went on with her life and her farm, and in the end one knows she will come out on top. A joy to read and to re-read.
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