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The Olive Route: A Personal Journey to the Heart of the Mediterranean Paperback – 13 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (13 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752881396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752881393
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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one cannot resist Drinkwater's courage and joie de vivre, nor the enormous appetite and enthusiasm she has for her subject (Wendy Holden THE DAILY MAIL)

'Drinkwater has a sharp eye for character, and the people who populate The Olive Route will not disappoint her fans....' (Danuta Keane THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

an inspiring and captivating read.....a lively, often humorous account, providing a fabulous insight to the olive route. (Rhona Wells MIDDLE EAST MAGAZINE)

the adventures involved in the spread of the olive are colourful and intriguing (TRAVELLER)

part travel journal, part food story, and a social account of the eastern Mediterranean. (THE SUNDAY BUSINESS POST)

Carol is an engaging travelling companion with an infectious enthusiasm for her subject. (CHOICE)

this lively, well-paced narrative. (BBC GOOD FOOD MAGAZINE)

'her sensitive and detailed descriptions give the reader a clear image of the fascinating destinations on her route' (COTEDAZUR.COM)

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Fourth volume in the bestselling olive series by writer and actress Carol Drinkwater

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A tour de force from Carol Drinkwater in this, the fourth in her Olive series. The joy of this book is in the pen pictures that she creates of the unusual characters that she encounters on her journey. An inspiringly honest and "warts and all" look at her journey in pursuit of the origin of the first olive trees in cultivation. It is a refreshing read among some of the more saccharine tomes of her contemporary writers on life in the Mediterranean. Put your feet up and be transported.
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I loved this book. It's an incredibly evocative, engaging and informative journey round the Mediterranean in search of the secrets and traditions of the olive. Carol travels by herself, sometimes to dangerous locations such as Libya and Lebanon but at all times her enthusiasm and passion for the olive shine through. Highly recommended.
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A book to be savoured for its evocative language (which is rather less overtly dramatic than its predecessors in the Olive series), it is a read to be cherished, rather than wolfed down. The result is not a foodie's history of olive oil. It reminds us of the important part olives have played in providing light and sustenance for Western civilisation and, historically, as a symbol of peace. I found this history of the olive fascinating; the fleeting nature of the individual compared to ancient trees and agriculture, which are, paradoxically, threatened by the deadly power of mutual human hatred and destruction. The account is thought-provoking, veering between the idyllic and the scary to downright terrifying. It recounts the personal difficulties of a woman travelling alone (not always easy even in Europe or the USA, let alone in strict Muslim countries) and yet paints a sympathetic picture of so many who are involuntary victims of current Middle-East conflicts and divisions. It portrays vividly a journey that I doubt I would have the courage to undertake.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Carol Drinkwater's 'Olive' series and was delighted to hear of a fourth volume. I was, however, somewhat disappointed. She seems to be carried away by her enthusiam and her prose, in places, borders on the 'purple'. I was constantly irritated by the excessive and sometimes inappropriate use of adjectives and adverbs. Having said that the book provides a fascinating insight into the current situation in those troubled countries surrounding the Mediterranean as seen through the eyes of the local inhabitants. Carol Drinkwater is to be congratulated on her courage in penetrating beyond the tourist route into many dangerous places and for the speed with which she translated her experiences into print.
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By Wendy Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2007
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Overall, I enjoyed this book where Carol Drinkwater travels around the Mediteranean looking at countriees that grow olives. An olive farmer herself, her passion for the fruit is obvious, and her knowledge adds interest to her writing. Her style of writing is good, and she brings the countries to life, warts and all. Having been to many of the countries themselves, it was good to see them through another persons eyes. Why four stars then, rather than five. At times I thought that she was a little repetative, but don't let that put you off reading this, it is still a good book if you like reading about other countries and cultures.
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I read this on holiday and I also read 50 shades and Elizabeth 1st ! I like a good mix. The Olive Tree books read at a leisurely pace and I have them all - except the coffee table book - which I will buy soon.
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I have read with joy the other olive books. Carol's wonderful desciptives keep the reader wanting for more. I felt her fear, amazement, horror, sadness,disappointment, joy, tears, frustration and even the happiness, all the way through all the countries that she visited. I admire her courage and strength in her tour,believing always in the beauty of the olive tree,striving to discover the real and true history surrounding it's origins. Bravo!!
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Having read Ms. Drinkwater's three memoirs, I wasn't properly prepared for the fascinating, often dangerous journey she took to learn how the olive tree came to the European continent. From her first serendipitous meeting on a plane with a woman that led directly to the discovery of a 6000 year old tree, to the dreadful turmoil surrounding the planting of new trees to replace the wonderful old ones torn up in an ongoing conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians - I was with her every step of her remarkable journey. Her writing is nothing short of magnificent!
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