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The Olive Harvest: A Memoir of Love, Old Trees, and Olive Oil: A Memoir of Life, Love and Olive Oil in the South of France - 4 tapes Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Abridged


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  • Publisher: Orion (21 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752867733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752867731
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.5 x 14.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,869,133 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 author's passion for her surroundings and the life she has created are evident in her vibrant descriptions of the local scenery and people (EVENING HERALD DUBLIN) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The third and much-awaited final episode of a trilogy, The Olive Harvest will not disappoint Carol Drinkwater's many readers. A very strong compelling recording by Carol. Audio edition contains a bonus-track interview with Carol Drinkwater. Abridged edition.

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By BusyReader VINE VOICE on 20 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
Having read the two previous books I was eagerly awaiting a follow up and was pleased to find that this book was available just in time for my holiday! I find Carol Drinkwaters writing style to be easy to read and enthralling with beautifully written descriptions of the south of France, nature and life and its emotions. Carol and Michel have again returned to Appasionata, the Olive Farm that they have restored, and Carol is eager to continue production of the olives and attain their cerificate for producing Organic Oil. However their plans for an idyllic summer are thwarted by various events and it seems for a time that all is lost and cannot be regained. Old familiar characters like the dogs and Monsieur Q the gardener are present as are new friends like the apiarists (beekeepers) and the hunters with whom Carol spends an exhausting day hunting in the mountains (nearly killing herself into the bargain!) The ongoing saga of the Olive trees' life throughout the changing year within the changing landscape and the life and relationships affecting Carol make this a book which is compulsive reading , I found it difficult to put down and would certainly recommend it as holiday reading . It certainly makes you want to be there... to feel the fresh warm air , hear the bees, smell the scents and pollens and eat the lovely food that is produced!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chillinb on 3 July 2009
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I have loved all of Carol's books. I did not read them critically (I tend to skim read) as some reviewers did, I read them for pleasure and escapism. I do not rely on every word and incident being reproduced accurately.
All Carol's books have contained, what seemed to me to be, a very honest opening of her heart. She relates incidents that I would baulk at sharing with the world.
Too many books have been written about the foreign 'rural idyll', where disasters are turned into quirky, funny tales and the locals are curious but loveable characters. As someone who lives in Italy, I know the difficulties and downright slog involved in living in another culture. Carol shows that there are considerable downsides with creating a life overseas, showing a far more realistic way of living than is provided by the likes of Peter Mayle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Great boy Benson on 6 July 2010
Format: Paperback
Enjoyed this book, a great holiday read for anyone interested in, true life stories
of Brits making the lifestyle change to living in a foreign country.
I have read 2 of the earlier books by Carol Drinkwater. Her style of writting
is most informative and imaginative.
One feels involved in her life story and I hope all goes well for her and Michel.
I will most certainley read any subsequent books on the same theme.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet Warren on 9 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this set of books, i felt like i was there sharing those chores and the way of life. i was reluctant to let my wife read them ,i thought she would be packing her suitcase halfway through, and go there herself, as we both love France.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 April 2010
Format: Paperback
I am totally hooked on Carol's books, she is a lovely writer, realy brings you right into the story, you want to be there. Have only just discovered these books and cant wait to get the next. She is a very brave lady, but then she is Irish!
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Carol Drinkwater writes with such ease about her life, every day experiences, some funny and some very emotional, and brings the Olive Farm, which she and her husband bought, very much to life. Her journey through acquiring and seeking more knowledge of the olive, how best to grow and harvest them, the people she meets throughout and the feelings she has for those who are very close to her, are richly expressed.
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By olivetta on 21 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a brilliant account of life on the olive trail..great read ..can almost smell the earth and the ozone.Evokes memories of my visit to the area.Keep writing Carol..The Olive Harvest: A Memoir of Love, Old Trees, and Olive OilThe Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love and Olive Oil
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By C. Wood on 23 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
Beware of new larger paperback copies of originals coming out with new front cover photo. I recently ordered one 'The Olive Harvest' which is a reprint so have had to give it away as I already have the original normal size paperback with different photograph. Otherwise, good read if you haven't read it before.
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