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Snowball Oranges: One Mallorcan Winter (Peter Kerr) Paperback – 13 Apr 2017

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (13 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786850427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786850423
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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Like so many other Scottish farmers, Peter Kerr and his partner Ellie had passed many a bleak winter's evening "indulging in dreams of someday swapping the rigours of growing crops and raising cattle in the harsh Scottish climate" for the more idyllic option of a small farm in Spain. On the day their dream came true, when they finally moved into their Mallorcan farmhouse, 1500 miles southwards of Scotland, it snowed. But they were lucky to be there at all: Peter and Ellie discovered their new home after taking a wrong turning while on a summer holiday, instantly falling for its "white walls, faded wooden shutters and terracotta tiled roof" which "peeped sleepily over the deep green domes of orange trees, while the mountains looked benignly on". With prose as elegant as this, Snowball Oranges is one travel book that needs no illustrations. In fact it reads more like a novel, brimming with charming characters and good humour. "My drenched trousers clung uncomfortably to my legs," the author tells us following a mishap with a hose, "dredging up sorry memories of a once-familiar sensation that I hadn't experienced since my early days at infant school." By the time you reach the last page, you feel as though you are in the Mediterranean with them, and you don't want to go home.--Daren King --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'… hilarious, full of life and colour.'

(The Bolton Evening News)

'delightful... hilarious and revealing. Full of life and colour... and is entertaining for everyone... witty... packed with funny stories.'

(Sixtyplusurfers)

'As bright in tone as the primary colours of its new cover... the book is rich on atmospheric detail.'

(Telegraph.co.uk)

'Peter's fruity tale still has plenty of juice left!... a hilarious personal account.'

(East Lothian Courier)

‘An affectionate and amusing tale on Majorca and its inhabitants’

(Sunday Express)

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle was one of the great hits of travel writing – and now there could well be another, this time with a rich and tasty Spanish flavour’

(The Scots Magazine)

‘Beautifully written and amusing . . . a comparison with A Year in Provence cannot be avoided and Snowball Oranges should with justification be equally well received’

(Adventure-mag.com)

‘Immensely engaging and amusing’

(Alternative Mallorca)

‘It’s a really funny read and had me laughing out loud on my journey to work’

(Family Circle)

‘Peter Kerr writes with a combination of nice observation and gentle humour’

(The Sunday Times)

‘This should do for Spain what A Year in Provence did for France’

(The Sunday Post Magazine)

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Good quality,good delivery. Bought this to replace lost copy as it's part of a set.
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Ive just come back from a holiday in Majorca and I had saved this book to read whilst away. Im so glad I did, its a fabulous book about living in Spain and all the problems that come with it. The author is very good at setting the scene and the characters they meet along the way seem to spring to life with each passing chapter. I must admit I got the map out and looked where the book was set and all the places mentioned in it..We had been to a couple of them on our own travels. All in all a good read and I cant wait to read the next book in the series.
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Peter Kerr has a countryman's way with a story and a delightful eye for detail. Having been an ex-pat myself in Scotland, I know just how outlandish the natives can seem sometimes and the preposterous situations that really can occur. Unlike Peter Mayle's stories of Provence, the characters are described with warmth rather than condescension, and while Kerr's stories lack the lyrical poetry of Frances Mayes' tales of Tuscany, they have the cadence of fireside yarns, gentle, familiar and amusing.
A pleasant read.
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This is a really warm book (no pun intended) and a departure from my normal reading menu (mostly sf/cult) so I was pleasantly surprised. I read it whilst on holiday in Spain and I couldn't have felt closer to the wonderfully human 'Señor' Peter, Ellie and all of the other characters that drop in on the way. Peter Kerr has done a fine job to mix dreamy descriptions of the *real* Mallorcan sensations alongside hilarious accounts of some of the incidents that befel him and his family.... I wont give anything away, but I found it difficult to put this down and read it in about three sittings. Suffice to say that you get a real feel - warts and all - for rural life on a mediterranean island, brought to life between your ears by the flowing prose.
Read it and see Mallorca in a new light. You never know, you may well end up feeling a little *tranquilo* yourself. My only criticism would be that I'd like to continue the journey and find out how things worked-out beyond the first winter. Lets hope there will be a follow-up - excellent stuff.
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Having recently read lots of "uprooting and starting afresh in sunnier parts of the world" books, I was interested to see how this compared to "Driving over lemons" (another fun read) and Im pleased to say that I was not disappointed. Peter Kerr transported me to sunny Spain and enthralled me with his impressions of a new country, its people and its customs. Every experience was described so vividly, I felt like I was there too, basking in the sunshine, meeting the locals and enjoying the exotic food. I chuckled throughout and laughed out loud on many occasions (on the tube on the way home - much to my embarressment) and was disappointed that it ended so soon. I have to say, it was unputdownable. I really loved this book and am anxiously waiting for a sequel. Thank you Peter for a great read! Keep em coming!
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I enjoy reading travel books when the British weather is cold and miserable and `Snowball Oranges' seemed like the perfect read for transporting me to the Med. On the face of it, it seemed to have likeable enough characters and the writing was decent- but it just took me ages to get through- at least 3 days. I'm a fast reader and usually would have finished this in around three or four hours, but I had to keep picking it up and putting it down again when I found my attention wandering. Unfortunately I never became fully immersed in Peter and Ellie's story which was a real shame.

The book follows Scotsman Peter, his wife Ellie and their two children, Charlie and Sandy, who up-sticks and take on an orange farm in the secluded Mallorcan mountains. They quickly come to realise however, that their idyllic dream might not be quite what they had hoped and that they have a lot to learn about the Mallorcan way of life.

Filled with anecdotes and amusing stories, it was admittedly a pleasant enough way to pass the time, though I just didn't find Peter to be a wholly engaging storyteller if I'm honest. I also felt that (maybe because I read so many books like this?) the book was a bit predictable in places with the ex-pats getting ripped off by the locals and trying to ingratiate themselves with the neighbours. This grew a bit tedious after a while. I also can't help feeling that the Kerr's were just very naive in just accepting the farm at face value without doing any proper research into what they were ultimately taking on- no wonder they had so many problems with it, along with the irritating Mallorcan bureaucracy which meant that things always got rectified later, rather than sooner!
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I really enjoyed reading Snowball Oranges. I read it whilst on holiday in Mallorca and drove everyone mad saying "you know that book I'm reading....... There were many references that I was able to impress all around with. Such as what to order in restaurants (the pork and cabbage was delicious) and how to order chicken properly! I'm sure my "Pa amb oli" didnt taste quite as delicious as the one described in the book.
It was written in a very informal style which was easy to read and made it very easy to relate to the circumsances being described. Each new character that the family encountered was described to a tee and you could easily cunjour up in your own mind the "tranquilo" farmer from the next "finca" leaning on the gate post providing the benefit of his wisdom whether it was required or not!
The adding of a spanish word at regular intervals provided a very "spanish" or should I say "Mallorcan" atmosphere.
I certainly became far more "tranquilo" by the end of my holiday in Mallorca and I am sure this was assisted by reading an extremely enjoyable and humorous personal account by Peter Kerr. I am looking forward to reading Manana Manana and have it on my birthday present list!
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