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  • Audio CD: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged audiobook, 14 CDs. edition (4 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407431714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407431710
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.7 x 14.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,729,809 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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A gripping adventure. --The Belfast Telegraph

She writes so well you can almost smell the sun-baked countryside. --Bella

Carol's latest book, The Olive Tree, is a fascinating personal travelogue that addresses some crucial issues of our time. --The Middle East Magazine

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“She writes so well you can almost smell the sun-baked countryside.”---Bella

“A gripping adventure.”-- The Belfast Telegraph

“Carol's latest book, The Olive Tree, is a fascinating personal travelogue that addresses some crucial issues of our time.”-- The Middle East Magazine


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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By C. Lynch on 17 Nov 2008
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This is Carol Drinkwater's much anticipated sequel to "The Olive Route". It was worth the wait. In this tranche she travels to the western Mediterranean to see for herself the vast array of olive husbandry, from the intensive farming in Spain to attempts to halt the northward march of the Sahara in Algeria. As always, it is the story of the olive told through the people involved in its farming that draws the reader into this odyssey. She does not shy away from describing the disasters as well as the triumphs in her journey. Just the read for winter evenings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. ME Richardson on 19 Dec 2010
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I missed this book when it was first published and only discovered it when it's sequel Return to the Olive Farm appeared. I am a great fan of Carol Drinkwater and have read and enjoyed all her other books in this series. She writes well and her books are interesting and easy to read. This volume is no exception. I admire her courage in travelling alone in dangerous places and coping with tricky situations.
She presents a fascinating account of travelling off the beaten track in Spain, North Africa and Italy. Perhaps the 'olive' theme is nearing exhaustion!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Oct 2014
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My granddaughter has a myriad of friends of all different nationalities. She lives in an area where a lot of different cultures are available. But, that is not so for many children, and I think it is very wise to open up their worlds to different cultures. One of the very best ways to do this is through books, and the author of this book has been writing for everyone.

Elsa Marston, the author, grew up in Massachusetts. She knew as a child she wanted to be a writer, and while she was home with her children she started writing stories. She is particularly interested in the Mideast and Arab American stories.

Sameer and his mother often talked about the beautiful house next door. The neighbors had gone away during the troubles, and it stood empty. During this time, they discovered the neighbor's tree had branches that hung over their property, and this tree had the most delicious olives they had ever eaten. One day the neighbors returned, and Sameer was very excited to meet them. He hoped they had a boy to play with. They found the neighbors very quiet, and they did not reciprocate to invitations to visit. They also had a girl, Muna. One day, Sameer was in his yard collecting the olives that had fallen. Muna told him that those olives belonged to her family and not his. Sameer tried to explain that his family had taken care of the tree while they were gone and had enjoyed the olives. Muna was not impressed, and stated again, the olives were hers. When you read this story you will learn what happened between Sameer and Muna. Did they resolve their differences?

Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children will have many questions. One of the best parts about this book is the lesson or moral to be learned.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Guy P. Lawrence on 2 Aug 2009
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The Olive Tree: A Personal Journey Through Mediterranean Olive Groves I enjoyed this book very much. I thought it was better & less long winded than her book called, The Olive Route. Best of all though was the trilogy of the Olive farm. I look forward to the new book that comes out next year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs H Terry on 14 April 2011
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So many people move to a French rural retreat, sit back and start hammering away at the laptop with an eye on the bestseller list. Just as Ms Drinkwater is no ghosted actress lending a name to a potboiler, she is also no flit lit hack. Her books are the best in the genre. Well researched and a charming read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morag on 25 Nov 2013
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Having devoured the initial trilogy of Olive Farm books I have loved every minute of travelling with Carol through Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Sicily and mainland Italy. I am fascinated by the historical and political issues that she gently exposes to us to on the journey. I am in awe of the way she travels at 'ground level' staying in basic local accommodation, introducing us to scenes and experiences that would certainly be beyond my sphere of travel. I just can't bear to finish this book though! ........Well not until I have first stashed away my next wonderful read from Carol!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LaineyTiffers on 18 Jan 2012
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Ms Drinkwater holds the reader spell-bound as she recounts one half of her awesome quest to discover the origins of the not-so-humble Olive tree! Carol writes with much passion, compassion & enormous skill! She is also now a friend via social networking & I am so lucky to be able to follow more of her amazing life through this avenue.
I discovered her Olive series at around the same time as I discovered & also fell in love with Provence in Southern France. Sadly, holidays are once a year, but with Carol's Olive series, I can pick up one of her books & be back 'home', even on a windy, cold, wet afternoon in UK....The Olive Tree was equally as evocative as all the others! Thank you Carol!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sheelagh davis on 8 Oct 2013
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What an interesting, emotionally challenging and rewarding journey. A facinatory of life with olives and Carol. Read previous books and just wanted more!
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