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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (3 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099443163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099443162
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[an] eloquent tale" (Citylife)

"Remarkable . . . an extraordinarily affecting read" (Carla McKay Daily Mail)

"Enthralling . . . you end up admiring this plucky, warm-hearted woman and lusting to sample her vinous output" (Christopher Hirst The Independent)

"Should be required reading for anyone enjoying the vineyard dream...an impressive human story" (Spectator)

"Amazing and amusing . . . unputdownable" (The Lady)

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The Ripening Sun plugs directly into the fascination for books by inspirational women who have dared to live their dream, such as Extra Virgin and The Olive Farm. An inspiring autobiography, set in romantic France, to be enjoyed by fans of wine and success stories worldwide.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Sept. 2004
Format: Paperback
"One woman and the creation of a vineyard". Oh no, not another book about Brits moving to France to live their dream! But this one really does stand out from the crowd -- unlike the mediocre Virgile's Vineyard, this book is definitely worth reading.
Curiously, I remember seeing Patricia Atkinson in a programme on Channel 4 in about 1993 -- one of the first programmes of that type. She and her husband had moved to Bergerac to live in a beautiful old house and grow vines. But within months the husband contracted a debilitating illness and returned to the UK, leaving Patricia on her own, struggling to cultivate four hectares of vines with no knowledge of French, wine, or how to drive a tractor. She survived, and funnily enough she reappeared on a programme on French television a few months back -- now a respected winemaker who regularly wins prizes and gets her wines into the Guide Hachette.
Not only does she make good wine, she turns out to write quite well too -- recording her fears and insecurities as she struggles along on her own. The winemaking idea had been entirely her husband's, but she is obviously someone who believes that if she has to do something she will do it well, and she discovers talents that might never have been revealed otherwise -- not only learning the numerous skills required to grow grapes and make wine, but developing the physical strength needed to drive tractors, shovel grape debris, prune vines, and heave pipes, pumps and barrels about in the winery. And as if that weren't enough, she turns out to have a remarkably well-developed palate, to the extent that after a few years she is invited to join the official tasting committee for Bergerac AOC wines.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 July 2003
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I agree with one of the other readers - I could not put this book down but at the same time didn't want it to end. It is much better than other books in this same genre which tend to be a bit glib for my taste. The author shares a lot of real life stories with us and not just the pretty "up" ones. I felt like I knew the people she was writing about and was really heartbroken when one in particular died. And for her to become a vigneronne without any previous experience is amazing, I was in awe of what she has accomplished. I love this book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Phil L on 22 April 2003
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A must for 'dreamers'- A fascinating and inspiring look at how the author followed a dream, despite setbacks and hard work to achieve the success of a now well renowned wine and vineyard. A well written account of the life in a french vineyard, french village society and coping with the day to day language issues. A great story explained in a most inspiring yet simple fashion.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By allen scott on 10 July 2004
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...inspirational.
a truly remarkable story from a truly remarkable lady. a bit of peter mayle here, a bit of tour de france there, lashings of fresh air, wine, and great company; who could ask for more? read in one day...tres magnifique!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "moerandotcom" on 20 April 2003
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This is one of those books that you don't want to finish, but can't put down. Even more so if you've ever dreamt of moving to France and retiring to a gentle life of making wine.
Not that you would after reading this book! Never before have I read such a compelling account of the absolute hard grinding work required of a vigneron. Patricia Atkinson starts making wine almost by accident, and suddenly the reader's thrust into a maelstrom of wayward tractors (and their numerous bewildering attachments), chaos in the winery, pips, pulp, stalks, skins and incomprehensible French beaurocracy.
There's a warm heart at the middle of a story which paints a complex picture of life, love, death and hard work in what might have been glibly described as a rural idyll but instead is richly coloured and multi-faceted. All the ups and downs, the triumphs and disasters are told with great honesty and modesty - it would surely have been easier to write an idealised version with the author as the all-conquering heroine.
All in all the best book by a Brit living life in rural France I've read - for me easily outclassing Peter Mayle's landmark A Year In Provence. Atkinson's 12 years in Gegeac will be hard to beat!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Samuel T. Owens on 14 May 2003
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A fascinating book - I read it in a day. The best thing about it is its warts 'n all approach. Yes, there are plenty of passages eulogising about 'la belle vie francaise'. But these are balanced with the reality of wine-making being hard, hard work, plus of course the personal troubles she encountered. You finish the book thinking 'Great on you, girl'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zena Lawton on 25 Sept. 2007
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I live in France and I bought this book to see how this person's experience differed from my own. I enjoyed the book and agree that the woman is an inspiration to all in taking on a challenge and excelling at something new, but I did find several things about the book spoiled my overall enjoyment.

I found that there were too many descriptions of moving wine around vats with confusing connecting pipes! I found the descriptions of the complexities of wine making overall interesting - I had not realised it was so complicated - but there was a lot of repetition of these descriptions.

I found that there was a lack of depth in how she dealt with the emotional side of the breakdown of her marriage. Perhaps it was too difficult to write about, or she felt a certain moral obligation to her husband to be discreet. I actually feel that at the start of her second book she is more open about her feelings regarding the separation. At one point I actually realised that she had not mentioned the husband for pages and pages and then there is one short paragraph to say that they were getting divorced.

The final issue I have is in the number of people who are casually mentioned in the book with no real description or introduction. Perhaps it's me - but at times I was confused as to who was who!

I would recommend the book to see a personal account of the complexities and hard work involved in wine making, and to observe a picture of French life that is quite enviable.
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